Dare County has declared a State of Emergency due to the unprecedented public health threat posed by COVID-19 and determined that restrictions and prohibitions are necessary to protect public health and safety and are also in keeping with the President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America. Visitors and non-resident property owners are prohibited from entering Dare County. View details at   Click here for the latest information on COVID-19. 

The new County Building Inspector's office serving Colington and Martin's Point is located at 2514 South Croatan Highway in Nags Head (beside Stan White Realty).  Faxes should be sent to 252-473-6653.    


The Dare County Planning Department is responsible for land-use planning and building and fire inspections in the unincorporated portions of Dare County. This service area includes: Colington, Hatteras Island, Martin's Point, the mainland portions of Dare County, and areas of Roanoke Island outside the Manteo town limits.

Building permits must be obtained from the appropriate inspection office for the geographical location of the construction project. A list of the three inspection offices, and the areas they serve, are listed below. Sub-permits for mechanical, plumbing, or electrical work may be obtained at any of the offices regardless of the construction location.

Planning Department Offices  

All offices are open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Manteo - Serves all of unincorporated portions of Roanoke Island including Wanchese and the mainland areas of Dare County encompassing East Lake, Manns Harbor, Mashoes, and Stumpy Point

Frisco - Serves all of Hatteras Island

Nags Head - Serves Baum Bay, Colington, and Martin's Point 

Facility NameAddressPhone
Planning Department Office - Frisco50347 NC Highway 12
Frisco, NC 27936
Planning Department Office - Manteo954 Marshall C. Collins Drive Room 148
Manteo, NC 27954
Planning Department Office - Northern Beach Office2514 S. Croatan Highway
Nags Head, NC 27959