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Catawba County Residents Can Now Handle Most Permit Applications Online

People who need to apply or pay for most permits in Catawba County may now skip the visit to the permit office and handle their business online. An online permitting system, ePermits, is now available for projects in Catawba County and the municipalities of Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, Long View, Maiden, and Newton. The online permitting system may be accessed at epermits.catawbacountync.gov.

The new ePermits system helps streamline the application process by making most permit processes available online and eliminating the need to apply or pay in person. The ePermits system includes permits related to commercial and residential construction, well and septic installation or repair, food and lodging applications, planning and zoning, plan review, and more.

All users are required to set up an account at epermits.catawbacountync.gov to access the new system. Building and trade contractors who have done business with the Catawba County Permit Center within the past five years should start by contacting the Permit Center at permitapps@catawbacountync.gov or (828) 465-8399 to receive their access code. This code will enable them to set up an online account on epermits.catawbacountync.gov that synchronizes with their existing information in the permitting system.

All other users will start by visiting epermits.catawbacountync.gov, where they will create a new account online by clicking on “Sign Up” in the top-right corner. An access code from the Permit Center will not be needed.

Once their account is established, users can log in to submit applications and make payments online. Payments can be made online by check, debit card, or credit card (Visa and MasterCard only).

Users will also have access to a personalized dashboard, which will track the status of their applications, show any payments due, and enable them to request inspections, see upcoming scheduled inspections, and view inspection results for their projects. Online tutorials are available online to assist users with navigating the new system.

Applications and payments may still be made in person.

Questions about the online permitting system and can be referred to the following offices:
Catawba County Permit Center: 828-465-8399
Catawba County Planning: 828-465-8380
Town of Catawba Planning: 828-241-2215
City of Claremont Planning: 828-459-7009
City of Conover Planning: 828-464-1191
City of Hickory Planning: 828-323-7422
Town of Long View: 828-322-3921
Town of Maiden Planning: 828-428-5034
City of Newton Planning: 828-465-7400