Resources For New & Existing Businesses

Resources For New & Existing Businesses

Are you thinking of:

  • starting a new business,
  • relocating an existing business,
  • or expanding a business

in Currituck County? Here is some important information to consider before you purchase, lease, or rent a property or building.

Planning and Zoning Items to Consider
  • Is the property zoned correctly for the intended use?
  • Is the property meeting the current county design requirements for the intended use?
  • Does a site plan have to be submitted for review?
  • Does your project need a formal review by the county’s Technical Review Committee (TRC)?
  • Are there any outstanding issues with the property?
  • Are there any environmental concerns on the property?

For Planning and Zoning questions, please contact 252-232-3055.

Building and Fire Code Items to Consider
  • Is the existing building changing to a more restrictive occupancy classification where additional improvements may be necessary? ( example, a lawyer’s office B (Business) occupancy to a  thrift store M (Mercantile) occupancy)
  • Does the existing building(s) meet the state building and fire codes for the proposed occupancy classification?
  • Does the existing building floor loads meet live/dead loads for the proposed occupancy?
  • Does the existing building meet occupant loading for egress (proper number of exits)?
  • Does the existing building have the required number of plumbing facilities?
  • Is the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system properly sized for the proposed occupancy classification?
  • Does the existing building meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements?

For Building and Fire Code questions, please contact 252-232-6023.

Many of these questions require a North Carolina Design Professional to evaluate the existing building for code compliance. Speaking to a design professional or our staff before you sign any contracts can save you time and money.

It is important to remember that just because a business existed before does not mean your proposed business can be permitted; some modifications may be required first. Please contact our Planning and Inspections Department so we can assist you with your project.

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