Lodging Facilities

Plan Review
In accordance with the North Carolina Rules Governing the Sanitation of Lodging Facilities 15A NCAC 18A .1800, plans must be submitted to the local health department for approval prior to beginning construction of a new establishment or making changes to an existing establishment. Plans for a franchised establishment must be submitted to the state as well as the local health department.

Plan Inclusions
Plans submitted to Carteret County Environmental Health must include:
  • A completed Carteret County Environmental Health lodging application
  • Equipment, plumbing, and lighting layouts
  • Information on private well and septic system, if applicable
Chain Establishments
Plans for "chain" or "franchise" establishments must be submitted for review to the Environmental Health Services plan review section in Raleigh. Find state information on state plan review. Plans may also be required by other agencies such as local building inspections.

Transitional Permits for Lodging Facilities
An existing establishment that changes ownership may apply for a transitional permit if the existing establishment has a valid permit. A transitional permit allows a lodging establishment to operate for a 90 day period until it is in compliance with the current state rules and can obtain a regular permit.

The establishment is evaluated to see if a transitional permit can be issued and a list of items that need to be brought into compliance is given to the owner. The owner must complete these non-compliant items within the 90-day period specified by the transitional permit.

Transitional permits automatically expire and cannot be extended or renewed. It is important to complete the items on time to prevent closure of the establishment. To obtain a transitional permit, contact the Carteret County Environmental Health Division to set an appointment for a site visit and complete a transitional permit application for lodging establishments.