Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement
700 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Hal Marshall Services Center
700 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
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CTAC provides the following services:
Call the Commercial Technical Assistance Center, 704-432-4668
Send us your questions to one of these Plans Examiners to get the answers you need by e-mail.
Debra Simpson, and
Scott Westbrook are the Plans Examiners for CTAC.
Commercial customers can also visit CTAC at the
Mecklenburg County Building Development Center700 N. Tryon StreetCharlotte, NC
CTAC is aimed at anyone involved in a commercial project, including the owner, developer, engineer, architect or contractor. It is not intended to be a second opinion on a code interpretation already given by a plan reviewer or inspector. Questions can be answered before the permitting process begins. After you've entered into the preliminary code review or permit application process, the interpretations of your reviewer or inspector prevail.
For commercial code interpretation questions, visit or call CTAC at 704-432-4668.
To check the status of a CTAC project during review click
here, or contact one of the CTAC Coordinators
Adreinna Jerald-Johnson and
The Span Charts associated with yellow pine lumber have been modified. Please review the following amended span tables prior to designing your project:
Amended residential span tables from chapters 5 & 8Suppliments to girder and header span tables for #2 Southern PineAmended commercial span tables from chapter 23Supplements to girder and header span tables fro #2 Southern Pine
Amended residential span tables from chapters 5 & 8
Suppliments to girder and header span tables for #2 Southern Pine
Amended commercial span tables from chapter 23
Supplements to girder and header span tables fro #2 Southern Pine
Stand-alone permits may be issued for minor work on a case-by-case basis. Commercial Sub-permits are handled through the Commercial Technical Assistance Center (CTAC). Customers are required to come in person to our offices at 700 N Tryon Street, 1st Floor or submit an on-line application through the contractor's dashboard. The appropriate sub-permit application must be completed and signed and accompanied by a completed and signed address verification form.
If the sub-permit is for work being performed on a project under construction, please bring a copy of the approved drawings in order to verify the work being permitted. If the work being requested on the sub-permit application requires drawings, the customer will be notified and the customer will need to submit drawings for review, either through OnSchedule Review or CTAC review.
Sub-permits can also be submitted through the TIP program. Mecklenburg County requires contractors to have a permit for certain projects and now it is an easy online process. The contractor
Trades Internet Permits (TIP) online process allows you to enter details of the work being performed for projects that do not require a Building permit, pay the permit fee and print the permits.
From major conventions and international sporting events to community-based festivals, parades and athletic activities, the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are proud to host nationally recognized events each year.
It is our goal to enhance the vitality, quality of life, and economic prosperity of Mecklenburg County along with the Towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville.
Please visit the
Special Events page for a full program description.
Interior Demolition permits for commercial work are issued through the CTAC division. Interior Demolition is the demolition of interior components that do not affect rated assemblies and/or load bearing walls. Customers will need to complete a building permit application, obtain an address verification form and submit these items to CTAC.
Total Demolition permits for commercial structures are also issued through the CTAC division. Customers need to assemble the information listed on the
Commercial Total Demo Submittal Sheet.
Neshap Form On this link, scroll to Notifications and click the NESHAP Notification of Demolition and/or Renovation form.
Health Department On this link, click the Demo/Move Permits for information on demolition and to obtain forms.
Construction and Demolition Recycling - Find out what you can recycle and reuse. Visit our
C&D website for more information.
When preparing to permit commercial fire repair and/or restoration projects please refer to our
Fire Restoration Project Procedures document and utilize our modified 2012 Appendix B for Fire Restoration to ensure efficient service.
Walk Thru Review via CTAC - Walk Thru Review via CTAC allows
Superior Performing Teams, teams where all team members have an individual score of 85% or better, to submit small projects through the CTAC area and wait for the plan review to be completed. The sealholders must be present for the review and the permit application must be complete. This is offered from 8:30 - 10:30 daily, first come first serve, with no more than 5 projects reviewed per day. The
Walk Thru Steps document is a guide on working through the process. If submitting through this system, please complete a
CTAC Walk Thru Submittal form to accompany the project drawings.
Small projects may be channeled through Commercial Technical Assistance Center (CTAC).
Beginning November 1, 2012, the complete CTAC process, permitting, plan submittal and plan review can be accomplished from your computer. Code Enforcement customers with an established Contractor account and properly licensed, can submit a permit application and attach the electronic plans in PDF format for projects fitting the CTAC plan submittal project types listed below and according to the
Guidelines for Packaging Drawings for CTAC EPS.
Click Here for a brief description of the process. You may also view a
Flowchart of the CTAC-EPS process. A step by step process may be viewed
Electronic Plan Submittal requirements are as follows:
Failure to comply with these requirements will result in cancellation of the project and permit application.A Step-by-Step Processfor Paper Submittal(This process has changed since the implementation of the electronic process)The customer must choose to either convert their paper plans into an electronic PDF Format or encounter additional fees for Code Enforcement to manage this process.
Time delays will be encountered during this process.
Submit project to the CTAC Coordinator. You will need to submit the following:
1 set of drawings (minimum 18" X 24"), bound and stapled, with an Appendix B and table of contents.
1 completed Building Permit application(with contractor/sub-contractors/cost of construction)
Letter of Authorization from the General Contractor listed on the permit (when applicable)
Address Verification form
Plan Submittal for CTAC Plan Review form
Once project is accepted, the CTAC Coordinator will contact a vendor to pick up the plans to convert them into an electronic PDF format. The vendo will send the electronic file to the CTAC Coordinator along with a bill for the conversion services. This process could add one or more days to the process.Option: The customer may choose to perform this step themselves to avoid unnecessary time delays and pay for the plan conversion services. The customer may return to our facilities where Code Enforcement staff can assist them in submitting their project using our lobby computers (first time only).Step 3The CTAC Coordinator sets up the project and starts the plan review processStep 4CTAC review is typically a 5-day review process and approved projects will be issued permits at the time of approval, subject to permit application completion.
Disapproved projects will be returned with comments summarizing the defects.Once the project is approved, additional administration fees of $31.60 per hour plus plan conversion fees from the vendor will be added to the permit/plan review fees for the project.
Project TypesAccepted in CTAC
The following project list indicates projects generally thought to be eligible for Commercial Walk-Through Review (CTAC Review). Note: Customers should confirm eligibility for CTAC review in advance. Those projects which CTAC cannot review will be referred to OnSchedule Plan Review. The CTAC reviewers will make the final decision/determination of specific project eligibility.
Beginning March 5, 2008, CTAC Review will review Business and Mercantile upfits and renovations up to 10,000 sf. This is a change from the previous threshold of 7,500 sf. No other changes have been made to the eligible project types.
Any project that requires City Engineering approval or the Northern Small Towns (Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville) Zoning approval must have approval prior to submitting to CTAC.
*Projects within the following Zoning Districts are not eligible for the Walk-Through Process: Historic Landmark, Historic District, MUDD, UMDD, PED, TOD, & UR.
CTAC will not review projects that are: