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Generally, no, you do not need a business license from the Town to open a new business. You will need to make sure to have your business registered with the State of North Carolina. If you are selling beer or wine, you will need to get a license from the Town.
Yes! Due to COVID-19 are currently inspecting and installing car seats for children on an appointment basis. Fill out the Child Passenger Safety Inspection Request form to schedule an appointment, or visit our Child Car Seat Installation page for more information.
Reflective address signs are very important for emergency services. If we can't find you, we can't help you. Locating addresses can be especially tricky at night. Order a reflective address sign today. Signs are only $15 or $20 if mounted to a metal post. Use this form to order your reflective address sign. The signs are made at the fire-rescue department and you will be contacted once it is ready for pick-up.
As a part of our Community Risk Reduction program the Fire-Rescue Department installs smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for residents of Carrboro and the South Orange Fire District. Smoke alarms provide early notifications increasing the likelihood that you and your family will be able to escape if there is a fire in your home. Submit this form to schedule installation or inspection of a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm.
The Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department issues construction and operational permits in accordance with applicable state laws and the currently adopted edition of the North Carolina Fire Code. For more information regarding permits, reference Section 105 of the North Carolina Fire Code and in Chapter 12, Article II, Section 12-10 of the Town Code. You can apply for a fire prevention permit by submitting this form.
Reminder: Any plans for review (electrical, remodeling, fire alarm, sprinkler system) should be submitted to Town of Carrboro Planning, Zoning, and Inspections through PIPER prior to contacting the Fire-Rescue Department.
Public Education Event
We provide public education events, including fire prevention presentations. Use this form to request a public education event for your group or organization.
We regularly give station tours and safety talks to all types of groups, both formal and informal. Some of the groups we have had come through in the past include school classes, girl scouts, boy scouts, church groups, day care groups, after school programs, summer camp groups, home school students, and many individuals. Use this form to request a fire station tour.
Birthday and Block Parties
If you are planning a community block party or birthday party our department will stop by during the event with a fire truck for all to see up close - both adults and children. We can show and explain the use and importance of the many pieces of equipment, display our gear, discuss fire safety topics, and distribute fire safety information. Use this form to request the department come out to your birthday or block party.
View our Community Services page to see what other services are offered by the fire-rescue department. Forms are available to request all of the services offered by the department.
The Town Hall reception desk is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Town has limited authority to intercede in disputes between tenants and landlords, but can assist in assessing the condition of the rental unit if a housing code violation is suspected. Contact Town of Carrboro Housing and Community Services if you are having trouble with your housing situation.
Email HousingHelp@orangecountync.gov if you are experiencing a housing crisis.
Know your rights.
Orange County North Carolina Declaration of Tenant Rights and Obligations
Orange County Civil Rights Ordinance
Fair Housing Project – Know Your Rights
If you believe you’ve experienced housing discrimination, think you are being discriminated against, contact the Orange County Human Rights & Relations department, 919-245-2487 or Human_Relations@orangecountync.gov
File a complaint.
If you’re looking for an affordable apartment, The Housing Opportunity Finder can assist in the search. In addition to properties owned by nonprofit affordable housing providers, it also includes existing apartment complexes, many of which offer lower rents.
If you’re looking for affordable homeownership, the Town has compiled a list of nonprofit affordable housing providers, who not only provide housing affordability, but also ensure the property remains affordable well into the future. Many of the nonprofits listed also own and manage rental homes and apartments.
The Town’s Community Resources page can also point you to other housing-related resources.
Yes. The Orange County Health Department provides a list of resources and you can search the OC Connect database specifically for your needs. Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness also has a comprehensive resource guide.
The Orange County Home Preservation Coalition (OCHPC) is a collaborative of organizations that provide home repairs, weatherization and disability or aging in place modifications to low-income Orange County residents, many of whom are older adults. You can apply online or email Ryan Lavalley (email@example.com) for more information.
Yes. Carrboro partners with Orange County and the Towns of Chapel Hill and Hillsborough to provide Emergency Housing Assistance to eligible households. Applications are online and can also be obtained by calling the Housing Helpline at 919-245-2655 or by emailing HousingHelp@orangecountync.gov.
Building permits reviewed by the Inspections Division range from large to small. The following items may be required depending upon the kind of permit being sought:
Related Documents and Forms
Please call Inspections if you have any questions about permits at 919-918-7336.
Please see the Town of Carrboro Fee Schedule. Any questions, please contact 919-918-7336.
Building codes can be obtained through the NC Department of Insurance at 919-661-5880.
Permit Applications are managed through PIPER, the Town’s online permitting portal which can be accessed here:
PIPER Online Portal
PIPER application instructions can be found here:
PIPER Application Instructions
What Do You Need For A Permit?
The Permit Review process takes from 4 to 6 weeks for most projects at this time. During this time your project is reviewed for compliance with all applicable regulations and codes. It is possible to receive your permit in less time depending upon the staff workload when your request is received and how complicated the project is.
Please call Inspections if you have any questions about permits at 919-918-7336.
Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
If the property already exists and has a PIN, but has no address or has an address that is not in the 911 system, in which case you may have trouble getting cable or power or water hookup or the post office won't deliver your mail, you need to contact the Carrboro Planning Department (919-918-7328) to get an address assigned.
If you want to change your address, contact the Planning Department (919-918-7328).
The Town Council generally meet on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday of every month except for July, August, and January. The Council also breaks after the first Tuesday in December.
All meetings begin at 7:00 PM
Procedure for Providing a Subsidyfor Sewer Connections for Existing Dwelling Units in Carrboro(Established 9/2/1997. Amend. 3/9/1999, 1/25/2005. Amend 5/7/19.)
Purpose:The Town of Carrboro created reserve of $120,000 over a six year period that was begun in 1995-96 to subsidize providing sewer to those existing dwelling units presently not served by OWASA. OWASA, in 1997, estimated that there were 160 units not served by sewer within the corporate limits of the Town of Carrboro.
Policy:The Town of Carrboro will pay OWASA a subsidy of $2,000 per dwelling unit in existence as of January 25, 2005 on behalf of a property owner to cover any fees due to OWASA for the connection of a dwelling unit to a public sewer main. This subsidy will be paid for only existing dwelling units within the corporate limits of Carrboro that are not served by OWASA sewer at the effective date of this policy. This subsidy will be redeemed on first come first served basis as long as the established reserve and its accumulated interest exist.
For homes in Historic Rogers Road Neighborhood connecting to a public sewer main owned by Orange County and qualifying as low to moderate income, the entirety, 100%, of costs associated with the connection will be paid by Orange County for a period of two years from the effective date of this policy. For one additional year, the third year from the effective date of this policy, 50% of the costs associated with the connection will be paid by Orange County. The Town of Carrboro will reimburse Orange County 14% of the costs of the connection for this three year period or $34,020, whichever is less.
Following the three year period, the Town of Carrboro will pay Orange County a subsidy of $2,000 per dwelling unit in existence as of January 25, 2005 in Historic Rogers Road Neighborhood on behalf of a property owner to cover any fees due to Orange County for the connection of a dwelling unit to a public sewer main owned by the county for the duration of time the county remains the owner of the sewer main lines in the neighborhood. This subsidy will be redeemed on first come first served basis as long as the established reserve and its accumulated interest exist.
Procedure:All eligible property owners who have contracted with OWASA to have their dwelling unit served by a public sewer and are interested in receiving the subsidy should contact the Town Clerk to complete a request for the subsidy. The Town Clerk will certify the eligibility of the request and notify OWASA. Upon receipt of an invoice, the Town will pay to OWASA $2,000 of the fees levied against the eligible property on behalf of the property owner.
For property in the Historic Rogers Road Neighborhood, Orange County shall invoice the Town of Carrboro for full or partial payment as specified above.