Planning & Building Inspections

Department News and Upcoming Events

New Online Permitting and Inspections System Launches November 2, 2020

Evolve is 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.
  • 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.  A link to the Evolve webpage will be available on November 2, 2020 on this page.

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

Applications open for the Leland Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee

Over the next 12 to 18 months, the Town of Leland will be 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.  The project will be led by staff from Leland’s Planning and Inspections Department, with assistance from a qualified consultant team.  A Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) will be formed and will be an integral part of the project by providing input on the elements that will be incorporated into the plan, as well as the recommendations for how to accomplish the vision created by the plan.  More information can be found on the application.

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.

COVID-19 Operations Update

Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, Leland Planning and Inspections Department will temporarily no longer be accepting paper applications for residential building and trade permits, as a way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  

Applications and subsequent documents should instead be emailed to .  Staff will process the application as customary and notify applicants by email when the permit is ready and payment is due.  Permit fee payments can be paid online through the Town’s website or a check can be left in the payment box at Leland Town Hall.  Leland system development fee payments should continue to be paid by mailing or dropping off a check.  If dropping off payment by check, please use an envelope labelled as applicable with the permit number, property address, and your contact information (email/phone).  There are envelopes for use inside the main entrance to Town Hall.

Once payment has been processed, Staff will email the building permit card and other information typically provided with a permit to the applicant, and they will not need to visit Town Hall to pick anything up.

Making this temporary process change is an effort to minimize travel and reduce paperwork travelling between people and places to help combat the spread of COVID-19.  We are committed to our role in helping you through the permitting and inspections process during this time and in return ask that you please remind site workers to maintain at least a 6’ distance from inspectors on the site.  We also ask that inspections for change outs, sunrooms, and similar projects in occupied houses be performed by live remote inspection.  Permits for these types of projects will include more information about live remote inspections. 

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. 

Se habla Español.

Ximena Rheaume
Senior Administrative Assistant
(910) 371-3390

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