Planning & Building Inspections

Important Notice - Change in Payment Process for System Development Fees and Meter Fees

Starting Monday, March 29, 2021, utility fees including system development fees and meter fees must be paid to the utility service provider (H2Go or Brunswick County) prior to applying for a building permit.  As part of the permit application, it will be required to upload proof of those payments in the form of a reciept or other documentation that clearly identify the address for which the fees have been paid.  

For areas described as Leland water and/or sewer service areas, the utility services will now be administered by H2Go.

Leland will continue to collect payments for system development fees and meter fees for projects that were invoiced to the customer prior to March 29, 2021.

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General Information on Review Processes

For new commercial or multi-family development, expansions, and major modifications to existing developments:

  1. First, apply for Development Site Plan review by submitting the following application and appropriate fee:
  2. The Technical Review Committee reviews and comments on the project.
  3. After any necessary corrections, the Development Site Plan is approved.
  4. After that, you can apply for Building Permit using Evolve, our online permitting and inspections system.
  5. The building plans are reviewed.  After any necessary corrections are made they can be approved.  Concurrently while the building plans are being reviewed, the plans are also reviewed for zoning compliance and other Town ordinance requirements as applicable.
  6. Once all departments have issued their individual approvals, an invoice will be emailed to the applicant.
  7. Upon payment of the invoice, the building permit is automatically emailed to the applicant.

For other permits (including residential new construction and Change of Occupancy):

  1. First, submit application online using Evolve, our online permitting and inspections system.
  2. Any necessary reviews are performed including zoning, floodplain development, building plans, or other applicable reviews depending on the project type.  
  3. Once all departments have issued their individual approvals, an invoice will be emailed to the applicant.
  4. Upon payment of the invoice, the building permit is automatically emailed to the applicant.

Please contact the Planning Department if expanding or modifying existing development to determine the correct project review. Information about the Development Site Plan process can be found in the Town of Leland Administrative Manual here.

Department News and Upcoming Events

Leland 2045 Project Underway!

Leland is creating a comprehensive plan for land use that updates, incorporates, and builds upon land use and transportation plans previously adopted by Leland, while creating the policy framework for intelligent growth over a 25-year planning horizon.

Visit the project webpage at to learn more.

New Online Permitting and Inspections System is Live!


As of November 2, 2020, Leland permitting and inspections are facilitated throgh Evolve, a web-based platform that will streamline the permitting and inspections process for customers and staff.  The launch of Evolve will enhance the customer experience in several ways:

  • Applications for permits will be able to be submitted online.
  • Inspections will be able to be requested online, and inspection results will be automatically emailed to project contacts.
  • The application and review process for system development fees will be incorporated into the building permit application and review process. No longer will customers have to submit two separate applications.
  • Zoning review fees, permit fees, inspection fees, and system development fees will all be able to be paid simultaneously online.
  • After online payment of fees, permits will automatically be issued by email.
  • Customers will be able to easily set up an online account that will allow them to apply for permits, check on the status of permit applications, make payments, schedule or cancel inspections, and check inspections results.

With the launch of Evolve, customers should note the following:

  • Applications submitted prior to November 2, 2020 will be transitioned from the existing permitting system to Evolve.
  • Projects that have been permitted but are still under construction as of November 2, 2020 will be transitioned from the existing permitting system to Evolve.
  • Paper applications for building permits will no longer be accepted.  For commercial applications, applications are electronic but plan review still requires two sets of paper plans submitted, in addition to the online electronic pdf upload.
  • The existing payment portal for permitting and inspections will be retired.
  • The existing online system development fee application will be retired, and the process will be incorporated into the building permit application process.
  • After an invoice is sent to the customer, payments can still be made by check. However, check payments will result in additional processing time whereas online payments will result in the permit being issued immediately after payment.
  • Inspection requests should be made through Evolve and no longer by phone or by email.
  • Inspections results will be available to customers through Evolve, in addition to the permit checklist in the permit box on the job site.
  • A new permitting and inspections fee schedule will become effective on November 2, 2020. The new fee schedule uses the ICC cost of construction method to determine permit fees, and this simplified fee calculation method will help customers more easily calculate permit fees prior to applying for a permit. Applications received prior to November 2, 2020 will be billed under the previous fee schedule.

Leland is excited to offer this new system and process improvements to its citizens and customers.  

For questions or comments, please contact Ben Andrea, Director of Planning and Inspections. 

Applications open for ReBuild NC Storm Recovery Program

ReBuild NC, a program of the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR), established the Homeowner Recovery Program to help homeowners repair, reconstruct or elevate homes damaged by the storms. The program is part of a comprehensive plan to distribute federal Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CBDG-DR) funds within North Carolina’s communities that were hit the hardest by Hurricanes Florence and Matthew.

Homeowners may be eligible for assistance if they owned and occupied a home during the time of these disasters. If homeowners have received assistance from other sources, they may still be eligible for help through the Homeowner Recovery Program.

In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic, ReBuild NC has developed an online application and redesigned its website to include additional resources for homeowners. People interested in applying to the program should visit ReBuild.NC.Gov. More information is also available by calling 833-ASK-RBNC. 

About Us

Leland's Department of Planning and Building Inspections facilitates development within the Town of Leland, from project inception to completion.

Planning staff provide professional and technical guidance in all matters related to existing and future land use, including zoning, flood damage prevention, land use code compliance, and long-range planning.

Code Enforcement staff investigate and work to resolve zoning, nuisance, and minimum housing violations.

Building Inspections staff ensure public safety by administering compliance with applicable building codes and design requirements.

Permitting staff are responsible for receiving and processing applications for building permits, issuing permits, and scheduling inspections.

For more information, please visit the tabs on the left or contact the Department of Planning and Inspections at (910) 371-3390. 

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Ximena Rheaume
Senior Administrative Assistant
(910) 371-3390

Benjamin Andrea, AICP, CZO, CFM
Director of Planning and Building Inspections