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Demo/Move Permits

The demolition or relocation (also known as moving) of any structure in Mecklenburg County requires the approval of one or more local or State agencies and a building demolition or move-off permit from the County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency (LUESA). Under the County Rat Control Ordinance, the County's Public Health Pest Management (PHPM) program is one of the agencies required to approve such activities.  


This approval requires that an onsite inspection of the structure be made by an inspector to determine if any of the following environmental conditions is present:

  • Presence of Norway rats
  • Presence of solid waste addressed by the County Solid Waste Management or Rodent Control Ordinance
  • Abandon septic tank or well
  • Presence of hazardous materials

Other environmental hazards may exist which would either be addressed by other government agencies (e.g. asbestos-County LUESA Air Quality) or be referred to such.


Inspections are usually performed on vacant structures only and a completed Request for An Inspection Application must be submitted to the department prior to scheduling an onsite inspection. Health Department approvals, once issued, are good for 60 days from the date of approval. This approval is not a permit to demolish or move (see Building Standards) a structure; it is merely one of the approvals that LUESA requires before issuing a BUILDING PERMIT.

Completed applications may be  mailed to:      

Mecklenburg County Health Department
c/o Melinda Beacham
700 N. Tryon Street, Suite 208
Charlotte, NC 28202

Questions regarding demolitions and Health Department approval should be directed to 704-336-5101.

Fees for these services are incorporated into the LUESA permit fee collected at the time of permit issuance.

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