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A building permit is the basic administrative device required by the State of North Carolina that must be obtained prior to construction or alteration of any building, structure, plumbing, mechanical, or electrical system. In some cases, exemptions from requirements for building permits are applicable, and the Building Inspection Division should be contacted to determine if a project is exempt. (G.S. 160A-417)
In order to obtain a building permit for any building or construction work in Apex you must first fill out a permit application and checklist for 1 and 2 family dwellings and commercial construction. They can be found on the Obtaining a Building Permit Page.
Upon receipt of a permit application and / or plans, the plan review staff will review the information for technical content and completeness. After determining that all necessary information has been supplied, approval for the issuance of the permit will be authorized and the applicant will be notified that the permit is ready to be purchased and picked up.
The review process may take only a few minutes to review the application for a single trade mechanical or electrical permit, and as long as 1-10 working days for review of building construction plans for decks, porches, additions, new homes, and commercial construction depending on work load. Occasionally permits may take longer depending on the number of plans in review.
In every case the review time will be as short as possible.
Once a permit has been obtained, authorization to commence construction within the scope of the permit is granted. It is the responsibility of the contractor to conform to the building and technical codes for all installations or repairs of a building or service system and to schedule all the required inspections.
A homeowner acting as general contractor assumes the same responsibility for code compliance as a licensed general contractor.
Typical construction projects requiring permits and inspections include, but are not limited to: room additions, decks, roofs over decks and swimming pools greater than 24” deep. Also, finishing basements, bonus rooms and attics, lawn irrigation systems and accessory buildings. All installations or modifications to electrical, plumbing, or heating or air conditioning systems also require a permit.
For more information please contact the Building Inspection Permit Office at (919) 249-3418 or visit the Building Inspection Permit page.
In most cases, North Carolina State laws pertaining to contractors allow homeowners to obtain permits and perform construction work on their personal home. For more information, please contact our staff.
Consumer Awareness information is provided by the North Carolina Licensing Board of General Contractors. To read information about selecting a contractor, contracts, permits, and other helpful information, visit their website.
Because construction projects vary greatly as to their type and scope, no single set of guidelines can offer in-depth detail of the inspection process for all projects.
For example, a basic room addition requires footing, foundation, rough-in, insulation and final inspections - in that order. Details of the required components for each of these inspections are listed in the NC State Building Codes.
Additionally, information identifying the readiness of projects for inspection and how to schedule inspections is listed in the publication 1 and 2 Family Dwelling Construction Policies and Inspection Procedures. Commercial construction information can be found in the Commercial Construction Policies and Inspection Procedures publication. Authorization must be obtained from the Code Enforcement Officer after each inspection to proceed to each subsequent step of construction.
Inspections must be scheduled the day before the intended inspection, prior to 2 p.m. They may be scheduled online or in person at the Building Inspection desk . Homeowner projects may be phoned in at (919) 249-3388.
The inspection request should include the type of inspection desired, the permit number assigned to the project, the street address, and / or the subdivision and lot number. For more information, please visit the Building Inspection Permit page.
NC Codes are available to purchase or to view for free at the ICC website. Code adoption and amendments are handled by the NC Dept. of Insurance, Office of State Fire Marshal. Visit their website or contact them at 800-634-7854.
Zencity takes protecting privacy and ensuring respondent anonymity seriously. All survey responses are completely confidential and they do not collect any personal information that could identify a specific respondent (except, where applicable, an email address, for those that opt-in to participate in similar surveys in the future). Zencity only collects the survey question responses that are provided, along with anonymous metadata, which are used to improve the quality of the advertisements. There is no way that Zencity can identify an individual from the survey responses provided. For respondents who opt-in to future research, email addresses are not used to link the address to specific survey responses.
Further, Zencity does not share individual-level responses to the surveys with customers, only aggregated numbers, summaries, or disaggregated and anonymized open-ended responses. Zencity removes any information that could potentially be used to de-anonymize comments provided.
Yes. Zencity collects a representative sample of opinions from the population in any geographic area surveyed while minimizing potential sources of statistical bias. Zencity uses proprietary technology to track the demographic representativeness of its samples in real-time and make corresponding adjustments to ad targeting to maximize representativeness. In communities where many residents are not native English speakers, questionnaires are available in multiple languages and reach out to potential respondents in their native languages.
Zencity uses the annually-updated U.S. Census American Community Survey data to set response targets for each geographic area based on five different variables: race, age, sex, education level, and household income. Based on self-reported demographic data collected in the survey, they track the demographic representativeness of the respondents in real-time and make adjustments to obtain a closely-representative sample.
Zencity uses existing digital advertising networks to target digital advertisements, localized to reach each community. Those who see the ad and choose to take the surveys voluntarily provide their ZIP code. The combination of where the ads are targeted, combined with the respondent’s self-reported ZIP code enables the assignment of a response to a community.
The town will receive periodic reports from Zencity with survey results and analysis. Once the necessary sampling of responses has been received, the we'll share the results on this page.
As a general guideline, small dogs are considered to weigh less than 35 pounds and large dogs weigh greater than 35 pounds. If your small dog is comfortable with large dogs or if your medium size dog is timid and not active then choose which feels best. But always be considerate of others and their pets when choosing which part of the park to use.
Lost or stolen key cards should be reported immediately to the Parks and Recreation Department at (919) 249-3402. The lost or stolen key card will be deactivated immediately so it cannot be used by an unregistered dog owner. If a key card is lost or stolen, there is a $10 replacement fee which covers the cost of the replacement key card.
Notify the Apex Police Department immediately at (919) 362-8661 and the Apex Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department at (919) 249-3402 as soon as possible.
The design effort is fully funded through the Town's current annual budget. Major future capital investments, including construction of the parking lot and streetscape, are planned for through the Town's Capital Improvement Plan. Timing and funds outlined in the CIP are subject to change. Learn more about the Town's budget at www.apexnc.org/budget.
No - the art shown is intended to representative only. A public process to select original artwork is anticipated for the actual installation.
Both the regional GoTriangle Route 305, which extends from Holly Springs through Apex to Raleigh, and the Town’s GoApex Route 1 serve downtown. For more information visit: www.apexnc.org/goapex.
Structured parking is expensive. The need for a parking deck was evaluated during the Downtown Master Plan & Parking Study. It was determined that a parking deck is not needed now nor in the near future. The Plan does recommend monitoring the need for parking over time.
The proposed design for this area is shown in the “Saunders Street Gathering Space” images under the Salem Streetscape tab. The area would be converted to a gathering space with some accessible parking retained closest to Commerce Street.
Is the fire station included in these projects? Will the parking lot in front of the Depot be converted to a gathering space? Will there be affordable housing? What plans are there for connecting bicycle and pedestrian facilities to downtown?
The overall Downtown Master Plan and Parking Study provides recommendations related to each of these questions; however, they are outside of the scope of work for these three Downtown Design Projects. The following resources may be helpful to learn more about other plans and projects:
The Town’s process of prioritizing funding for projects is addressed through the development of the 5-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and annual budget. There are many programmed projects addressing other needs across the Town of Apex. The Town also prioritized improvements to the downtown as part of the Downtown Plan and intends to make progress on this vision.
The Town’s General Fund is the anticipated source of funding for these projects. Development of updated cost estimates is underway and these will be shared on the project website once ready. Based on early concepts, the Capital Improvement Program includes $500K for Seaboard Street and Commerce Street (combined), $1.2M for the Saunders Street Lot, and $2.5M for the Salem Streetscape.
Specific agreements regarding the funding of improvements on private property are anticipated in some areas and have not yet been developed. In addition, some of the proposed infrastructure will require acquisition of private property in the form of Town-owned land, public right-of-way, and easements. Public funds can only be spent if there is a public benefit. Some of the concepts shown would include both a public and private investment.
Specific maintenance requests can be made using the online portal: www.apexnc.org/139/Report-Concerns-Kudos. Staff have notified Public Works about this request. Paver crosswalks are also noted in the schematic plans for Chatham/Salem and Salem/Saunders.
Construction will be phased. It is anticipated that the Saunders Lot will move forward first, then alley improvements, and finally the Salem Streetscape.
There is limited space on Salem Street between Saunders Street and Chatham Street and the two-lane roadway cannot be narrowed any further. The Downtown Plan recommended converting some to all of the parallel parking spaces to places for people to gather and walk, street trees, and other enhancements such as street furniture and lighting. This loss is also possible because of the net gain of more than 200 parking spaces within a 3-minute walk of Salem Street. This core block of Salem Street is a destination for both retail and restaurants which makes the convenience parking less critical for consumers (as long as walkable parking is provided).
All alternatives under consideration would keep Salem Street open to traffic once the project is complete, with the exception of during events and festivals. If the road needs to be closed at any point during construction, efforts will be made to avoid and minimize disruption during normal business hours.
There is not enough room for angled parking on Salem Street and this would not be consistent with the vision of creating additional space for people.
The design and type of sound abatement has not yet been determined and will be considered as the designs move forward.
Town of Apex electric customers now have new options for reporting power outages.
Check all breakers in your home or business and all outlets to make sure that they are not tripped. Call Electric Utilities at (919) 372-7475 to report your problem, or use the online reporting tool.
It is recommended to call the Town of Apex first and let us investigate the problem. We will advise you if it is a town problem or if you will need an electrician.
Burn permits for burning outside the city limits can be obtained on the Department of Forestry Services’ website. They can be issued for 30 days. If you are doing a large burn, it is suggested that you alert the Fire Department in advance at (919) 362-4001, and of course, if the fire gets out of hand, call 911.
Burning bans are usually announced on the local news channels. You can also call the Forestry Service at (919) 733-2162. Even if there is not a ban on burning, please use good judgment about burning in dry and/or windy conditions, and always be prepared before burning by having rakes and garden hoses nearby.
The Fire Department does child car seat inspections only on Saturday. It is best if you call (919) 362-4001 during the week to schedule a time for us to do the inspection. This is to insure that someone is here to inspect your child’s car seat.
The insurance rating on your property is determined by the NC Department of Insurance, State Fire Marshal’s Office. It is based on many factors, including the number of fire stations, fire hydrants, fire personnel, just to name a few. The lower the number, the better the Fire Department’s rating. The Town of Apex is currently rated as a n ISO Class 1. Areas outside the city limits are rated a 2/9E. You can call the fire station at (919) 362-4001 to find out what your rating is.
The Fire Department is required to send a certain number of trucks to the scene of any structure related incident, based on the type of incident. Since we have no way of knowing the exact situation when we are dispatched, we have to assume that there is a fire or other emergency situation until we determine otherwise. Therefore, multiple fire trucks may be sent to your home when the call may seem minor. Other non-fire related calls may also require multiple trucks based on the situation and needs.
Town of Apex electric customers now have new options for reporting power outages to their homes or businesses. Take a look at these 3 easy ways to let us know when the lights go out!
The Fire Department sells green reflective address signs for $23 each. These signs allow emergency personnel to better view a house number in low light conditions. Prior to placing an order, check with your HOA to determine whether or not this is allowed in your neighborhood. They can be ordered by calling the Fire Department at (919) 362-4001 or completing this form.
The fire department is able to respond to some situations of animals in danger or trapped. However, there may be a situation where the fire department is unable to help. For instance, a cat in a tree is not considered an emergency. You can also contact Wake County Animal Control at (919) 250-1476.
In 2022, the Town of Apex will host a two-day Fourth of July celebration! Events include Fireworks Frenzy and Olde Fashioned Fourth of July. Learn more at www.apexnc.org/fourth
Public parking is available in the lot on Saunders Street, at Town Hall and John M. Brown Community Center (with a short walk), and all along the side streets near Salem. Click here to view the downtown parking map. Do not to park on private property, or block driveways or fire hydrants.
Parking is available at Town Campus and in downtown Apex (click here to view the downtown parking map). Please be mindful not to park on private property, or block driveways or fire hydrants.
Children of all ages can decorate bikes, wagons, scooters, etc. for the parade and march down Salem Street. Bring sunscreen and water to keep cool and hydrated. Registration is not required but we encourage attendees to sign up so they can receive updates about cancellations due to weather. Click here to register!
Everyone can cool off under the spray of the Apex Fire Department's fire hose. The splash down is located at The Depot parking lot beside Fire Station 1.
For the safety of all festival attendees, dogs are not allowed per Apex ordinance. Service pets are an exception to this ordinance.
Olde Fashioned Fourth of July is a rain or shine event (no rain date). In case of light to moderate rainfall, the show will go on! If there is lightning within a few miles, we'll temporarily shut down attractions until the storm moves over, but keep our original 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. time frame.
Fireworks Frenzy is a weather-dependent event. If it rains or is severe weather the event will be cancelled or postponed.
Beginning in 2022, the Town of Apex will host a fireworks display. Fireworks Frenzy is a evening event with food trucks, bounce houses and more - rounding out the evening with a fireworks display (around 9:30 pm). The fun takes place at Hunter Street Park (1250 Ambergate Station). No pets, alcohol, or personal fireworks are allowed at this event.
Please note: Many types of fireworks are illegal in the state of North Carolina for personal use. Learn more...
Fireworks will kick off after sunset (around 9:30 pm).
Hunter Street Park and along Ambergate Station (outside of the fireworks boundary) will be open for chairs and blankets. Attendees can place their chairs/blankets on the soccer field and along the open areas of Ambergate Station beginning at 5:30 pm.
We are open Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm and Saturday from 9am-1pm.
There are many ways to find out about upcoming events at The Halle:
There are 3 ways to purchase tickets to an upcoming show at The Halle:
All tickets are subject to NC Entertainment Tax.
There is a small service charge if purchased online, however there is not a service charge at the Box Office.
As long as there are still tickets available, the box office will be open 30 minutes prior to the show for ticket sales. Please note that our children's shows normally sell out, so be sure to buy tickets in advance.
All shows are general admission, unless otherwise specified.
Generally children 2 and under are free as long as they sit on a parent's lap and do not take up a seat.
Feel free to give us a call at (919)249-1120. We are happy to help!
**Etix is a third party site that sells tickets for The Halle.
Parking is available in public lots behind the Halle, as well as the The Depot parking lot (directly across Salem Street from the Halle).
Please Share! We welcome new ideas from the public. Please contact Renee Anderson at (919)249-1120 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rentals can happen seven days a week, with the exception of Town Holidays. The Halle is available for rental from 9am-12am.
If you would like to inquire about what dates are currently available for rent, please contact Taylor Wray at (919)249-1120 or email her at email@example.com
To find out more about how to rent & what the costs are, click HERE.
Should no damage occur during your rental, you should expect your damage deposit returned, via a check in the mail 2-3 weeks after the event.
Dates are only held if the rental is paid in full. To check current availability of a certain date please call The Halle at (919)249-1120.
Yes, if the DJ has their own equipment. If using The Halle’s sound system, it must be rented and operated by a Halle staff technician. Only Halle staff is permitted into the sound/light booth.
The Halle is open Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm and Saturday from 9am-1pm.
Feel free to drop by during that time to see the space.
However rental applications are only taken Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm
Program Guides are available online and at the John M. Brown Community Center, Apex Senior Center, and The Halle Cultural Arts Center. Registration forms and other program information may be found there as well.
You can report any issues or concerns directly HERE. The Town strives to provide public parks that are clean and safe for our patrons. Visitors who notice vandalism, suspicious behavior, or have other concerns should notify either Park Maintenance Staff at (919) 363-6469, or contact the Apex Police Department at 911 for emergencies or (919) 362-8661 for non-emergencies immediately.
In general, picnic shelters at Town-owned parks are available for rental under certain guidelines and conditions. Shelters can be reserved online here or in person at the John M. Brown Community Center. Check out the rental facilities page for details.
Fishing is allowed at Apex Community Park Lake, Seagroves Farm Park Pond, and Salem Pond Park with a valid permit. Apex residents must possess a Town fishing permit, which is free of charge. Non-residents must purchase a Town permit. Both are available at the John M. Brown Community Center. A State of North Carolina Fishing License is required for ages 16 and over. Fishing hours at Apex Community Park, Seagroves Farm Park and Salem Pond Park are from 6:30 a.m. to sunset. Sunset is defined by the National Weather Service. Note: Only Apex Community Park Lake is stocked annually with channel catfish.
Alcohol and other controlled substances are expressly forbidden at all times by Town ordinance in all public Town operated facilities and on all Town property. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In addition, Town ordinances prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons on Town property, on public greenways, and in Town facilities.
The Town of Apex currently operates two dog parks at Hunter Street Park (1250 Ambergate Station) and Apex Nature Park (2600 Evans Road).
Open Gym is held at the John M. Brown Community Center for basketball and volleyball as determined by a preset schedule. You can find the schedule online here or call the Community Center at (919) 249-3402 to confirm hours. We try to keep the open gym schedules up to date and current however that is not always possible. We suggest you call the Community Center to verify Open Gym Schedules before coming to the center.
You may register either in person, by mail or online here. In person registration can be done at the John M. Brown Community Center (53 Hunter St), Apex Senior Center (63 Hunter St) or at The Halle Cultural Arts Center (237 N Salem St). Mail and payment (via check, if needed made out to Town of Apex) should be sent to:
Apex Parks, Recreation and Cultural ResourcesPO Box 250Apex, NC 27502
Registration by fax is not accepted except for placement on waiting lists after a program is full. Mail-in registration will not be accepted prior to the first day of registration. If mail in registration is received prior to the first date of registration it will not be accepted.
Waiting lists are available for most programs and activities offered by the Apex Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department after registration for a program has filled. If spots open up in a program that has a waiting list, staff will reach out to the participants on the waiting list to fill those vacancies. The order of the waiting list is determined by residency, with Apex residents always receiving priority over non-residents based on the below definition of “APEX RESIDENT”. As of September 12, 2022, non-resident participants who reside in the ETJ (Extra Territorial Jurisdiction, outside the corporate limits) of Apex will receive priority over other non-residents on the waiting list. No payment is required to be put on the waiting list.
APEX RESIDENT: For purposes of APRCR program registration, a resident shall be defined as any family or individual that resides within the established corporate limits of the Town as defined by the Apex Planning and Community Development Department.
Payment may be made by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Only checks are accepted by mail. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Apex.
APR&CR offers refunds for various fees and charges under policies adopted by the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Advisory Commission and the Apex Town Council. To view the department's Refund Policy, click here. Participants should fully understand and review the Refund Policy before registering or renting.
Will my child receive special consideration if they are returning to the same league as the year before? No, the only exception is if your child meets all the registration requirements and gets registered before the league fills, then your child can automatically (if requested) go back on the same team as the year before unless you specify that you do not want your child on the same team.
In youth soccer, youth basketball, and youth volleyball, participants receive a team jersey. In youth baseball and softball, jerseys and hat or socks are provided. Participants must wear the department issued uniforms in order to participate.
For information regarding renting a field, see Rental Facilities or email Patrick Fitzsimons.
The Parks Department has various seasonal openings throughout the year for evenings and weekend work. Areas of interest include athletics, community center front desk, and park maintenance. Open positions are also posted online and you can apply online here.
The various age cut off dates for programs are set by a variety of guidelines including consistency across programs, NCHSAA guidelines, instructor input etc.
Although we recognize, sympathize, and understand some participants may be adversely affected, no matter what day is chosen, the department does not make exceptions nor allow participants to move up or down in leagues based on skill level, ability, size, carpooling concerns, etc.
The department cannot accommodate all the requests we receive for programs and activities.
Community Center Programs require participants to be the age specified on or before the 1st day of an activity; no exceptions. The cut off dates for sports leagues can be found in the Program Guide.
The department sponsors and co-sponsors numerous special events throughout the year. These events are publicized in the Program Guide and more information is also available online here.
The determination of residency is critical for registration purposes and the ability to rent facilities. For program registration, the 1st two weeks of each registration period is limited to Apex residents only.
A resident is defined as an individual that resides within the established corporate limits of the Town of Apex as defined by the Apex Planning and Community Development Department. Those interested in participating should understand that it is possible to have an Apex address, attend a school in Apex, or have Apex utilities and not reside within the corporate limits of the Town.
To look up your address to see if it is in the Apex corporate limits, view the Apex Street Index here.
Most youth athletic leagues have placement tryouts to establish new teams, to fill in spots vacated by players who do not return to the program, or to balance / establish new leagues and programs.
Not all players are required to attend tryouts and participants should verify their status when they sign up. Players attending tryouts are assigned a number and typically go through a variety of drills and skills tests in front of the coaches. If a participant meets the required registration requirements with regards to time, age, fees, etc. then the participant will be placed on a team.
If a participant meets all the registration requirements and is unable to attend Team Placement Tryouts, they will still be placed on a team via a blind draw. However, there is no guarantee which team the participant will be placed on and staff are unable to accommodate most requests.
Contact the Athletic Hotline at (919) 249-3348 to find out if games / practices have been cancelled. Please call during weekdays after 4 p.m., Saturdays at 8 a.m., or Sundays at 1 p.m.
Contact the Program Supervisor in charge of the program you are interested in volunteering for, or download a Coach Interest Form from the individual program pages. To be considered, you must fill out and return the form by the established deadline. If you are selected as a volunteer coach, you must undergo a confidential background check conducted by the Apex Police Department.
How is this project funded?
The Apex Peakway Southwest Connector is partially funded by each of the following:
When is start of construction?
The CSXT Construction Agreement approved by Town Council in August 2023 is the last remaining item required to be signed by CSXT before the Town can request Construction Authorization from NCDOT/FHWA. There are several steps, including contract approval and utility relocation, that are happening concurrently for construction to start in early 2024.
What is the current anticipated finish timeframe?
From start of construction to final NCDOT approval, the project is expected to take up to three years to construct, anticipated to finish in early 2027.
What is planned to reduce impact on homeowners along the edges of the construction zone (i.e. to minimize noise, protect property and privacy, etc.)?
The roadway plans establish limits of construction where tree protection fencing and silt fencing is required. There will also be limits on the time of day construction is permitted to take place with no plans for nighttime work. Construction activity is not permitted on private property without easements being acquired ahead of time.
When do you expect construction impacts (i.e. road closures/detours/etc.) to begin for the Peakway and S. Salem Street? Will both Peakway and S. Salem close at the same time?
We anticipate closure of the Peakway from Towhee Drive to Salem Street to begin when construction starts, and last for the entire period of construction. The detour route includes Olive Chapel Road, Williams Street (NC 55), and Salem Street. Salem Street will remain open, except as needed using flagging operations to halt traffic when bridge construction is underway, primarily to lift steel girders into place.
What entrance(s) of Whitehall Manor will remain open during construction, to allow timely access of emergency services (fire, EMS), as well as access for deliveries, trucks, service vehicles, etc.
Updated, December 2023 - Grappenhall Drive at Salem Street, Grappenhall Drive at Peakway, and Whiston Drive to Green at Scotts Mill (providing local access to Town Side Drive) will remain open, so three out of the four existing routes will remain available.
Will Towhee Drive remain open at the Peakway, or is it being closed?
Towhee Drive will be closed during construction, but reopen as a right-in / right-out access on both sides of the Peakway, still serving Whitehall Manor to the west and Shangri-La to the east.
What plans are in place to prevent excessive cut-through traffic in Whitehall Manor during the construction?
Town staff are working on a traffic calming plan for Grappenhall Drive and Applethorn Drive. This plan will be reviewed with the Whitehall Manor HOA Board prior to the Peakway being closed at S. Salem Street. If approved, it could be implemented prior to closure of the Peakway or shortly after, subject to approval by Town Council. More information will be available once the plan is shared with the HOA.
When will the intersection of Tingen Road and Salem Street be closed? What are plans to relieve congestion and reroute traffic off of Tingen?
Tingen Road will be permanently closed at the railroad crossing once the Peakway SW Connector is complete and open to traffic. In the interim, a temporary traffic signal was installed at the Tingen Road / Justice Heights Street intersection with S. Salem Street.
James Street between Tingen Road and Apex Peakway was planned and constructed as a major collector street to accommodate future additional traffic.
What measures are being taken both from a capacity planning and infrastructure perspective to ensure that we do not need to do costly upgrades in the future?
Design year 2040 traffic projections were used to evaluate traffic capacity of the bridge, loop, and Salem Street. The bridge will be constructed as a 4-lane structure with wide sidewalks on both sides based on long term plans for a 4-lane Peakway ultimate section to continue further north and south of the bridge. The loop connector to Salem Street will be constructed as a 4-lane road and dual left turn lanes will be constructed on Salem Street approaching the loop. Additional Peakway or Salem Street widening beyond the scope of this project is not needed or funded within the design year horizon at this time.
Will a traffic signal be installed at the intersection of Apex Peakway and James Street?
Traffic signals are being installed on the Apex Peakway at James Street and at both ends of the Salem Street loop connector (Peakway and Salem Street) as part of the project, and are planned to be operational when construction is complete and the road is open to traffic. Signalized pedestrian crosswalks will be installed at those locations to cross the Peakway, the loop connector, and James Street.
After the connector is completed, what will be the posted speed limit for the section through the Salem Village neighborhood?
The existing 35 mph posting north and south of Salem Street is proposed to remain the same in the project plans.
At Apex Peakway and Padstone Drive, there is an existing pedestrian crosswalk. Are there safety plans for this crosswalk?
The Padstone Drive crossing is currently a high-visibility crosswalk with double-sided warning signs to provide advance warning for oncoming traffic. At this time there are no plans to add a pushbutton warning system (nor is that typical for a 2-lane 35 mph zone crossing such as this one). As for all crosswalks including those with or without signs or with push-button rapid-flash, pedestrians should continue to use caution when crossing by observing any oncoming traffic to ensure there’s an adequate gap or drivers are slowing/stopping before attempting to cross.
Is the connector being planned with smart features such as accident or remote awareness cameras?
No cameras or special crash detection technology are proposed with the project. Cameras can be added at a later date by Apex and/or NCDOT.
Will extra fiber duct be laid during the Peakway construction to ensure our future utility needs without digging up the Peakway?
An underground duct bank will be constructed along Salem Street under the bridge to accommodate both public electric service and private communication cables. Outside of that area, overhead lines are still proposed to be used in the manner they are today, and there are no additional new underground utility ducts being constructed by Apex as part of the project.
How is electric car Infrastructure being planned for in the design?
No electric vehicle charging infrastructure is being planned as part of the project.
Planning oriented applications and forms are available in the Apex Planning Department at Town Hall or on our Applications & Schedules page.
The Apex Historic District (view map) is located in downtown Apex and is a National Register Historic District, which includes residential, commercial, and institutional structures. The district’s period of significance is circa 1870-1950. Architectural styles include Queen Anne, Bungalow/Craftsman, Neocolonial Revival, and commercial style. There are a total of over 150 primary and secondary contributing structures. There are 2 properties in the district listed individually in the National Register of Historic Places. They are the 1914 Apex Union Depot at 220 North Salem Street and the 1911-12 Old Town Hall at 237 North Salem Street.
Inspections must be scheduled the day before the intended inspection, prior to 3 p.m. They may be scheduled in person at the Building Inspection desk or may be phoned in at (919) 249-3418. The inspection request should include the type of inspection desired, the permit number assigned to the project, the street address, and/or the subdivision and lot number.
In most cases North Carolina State laws pertaining to contractors allow homeowners to obtain permits and perform construction work on their personal home. Please contact the Building Inspection Division at (919) 249-3418 for more detailed information.
Mobile home owners shall complete a Permit Application for Manufactured Home as well as meet all regulations in the Building, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing Codes and Zoning. Please contact Construction Management in order to obtain a permit and more information at (919) 249-3418.
The Land Use Plan is designed to guide the town staff and local officials in directing growth that effectively responds to the Town’s needs and priorities. The map provides designations on how land is to be used or occupied.
Typical construction projects requiring permits and inspections include: room additions; decks; roofs over decks; swimming pools greater than 42 inches deep; finishing basements; bonus rooms and attics; lawn irrigation systems; accessory buildings (see next paragraph); all installations or modifications to electrical, plumbing, or heating or air conditioning systems. For more information please contact the Building Inspection Permit Office at (919) 249-3418.
Dirt roads are typically paved by developer contributions or by the North Carolina Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) Secondary Road Improvement Program. The program was established to improve the safety and surface pavement of secondary roads throughout North Carolina.
The warrants for paving secondary roads are based on several factors including Average Daily Traffic (ADT), number of school buses, number of homes per mile, and vehicular accidents. To request more information about secondary road improvements, contact the NCDOT Division 5 Office at (919) 560-6851.
To help preserve the character of our town by keeping it neat and clean, the Town of Apex regulates signs through its Sign Ordinance. The Ordinance allows temporary signs to be placed on properties that are for sale, rent/lease, or where an activity is taking place.
Signs placed at other locations, such as those on other properties or street right-of-ways, directing attention to the sale or activity, are not permitted. All permanent signs and some temporary signs must be Town approved. The Sign Ordinance can be found in Section 8.7 of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) located on the Apex Planning website.
Section 8.7 of the Unified Development Ordinance provides a description of signs allowed with permit, without permit, or prohibited for specified locations and conditions.
Storage sheds are considered an accessory structures.
Pleasant Park main gates are open from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm, year round.
Hours of Operation for Basketball and Pickleball Courts (effective March 1, 2024)
During the public engagement process and final approval of park design, it was determined that lighting for sports courts and facilities would not be placed in close proximity to existing residential use. Beginning March 1st, the unlit basketball and pickleball courts will open at sunrise, and close approximately 30 minutes after sunset.
A future phase of construction (timing to be determined) is planned to include:
Yes! The demand for athletic fields in the area is higher than ever. Beginning November 6th, Pleasant Park will be available to accommodate a variety of athletic events throughout the year. Town programs will take priority when it comes to field usage, and times will also be designated for open public play. Athletic organizations and other private groups will have the opportunity to rent field space for tournaments and league play, just as they do for fields in our other parks. Long term rental requests are submitted to the Town twice each year. For more information about field rentals, groups should contact Patrick Fitzsimons.
Splashlantis water play area will be ready to welcome guests in Summer of 2024.
Due to the popularity of these amenities, courts cannot be reserved by players or groups other than by Apex Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department for their sponsored programs.
To ensure that all who are interested have an opportunity to play, please observe the posted signage once you arrive at the courts.
No, Pleasant Plains Road is not available to use as additional parking.
You should call 911 for emergencies only. An emergency is when immediate police, fire, or ambulance assistance is necessary. When you call, be prepared to state the location of your emergency, type of emergency, your name, and your phone number.
Stay calm and be prepared to answer a list of questions concerning your emergency.
If you accidentally dial 911, please do not hang up. Stay on the line and let the telecommunicator know it was an accident.
Fingerprinting and criminal background checks are done at:
City County Bureau of Identification
3301 Hammond Road
Phone: (919) 856-6300
You can contact the Apex Fire Department at (919) 362-4001 and speak with a car seat installation technician about installing your car seat.
Parking tickets can be paid at the Apex Town Hall 73 Hunter Street and placed in the night drop box or inside in the Finance Department. If paid inside, they must be paid between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. State citations (not parking tickets) can be paid online here.
If you wish to appeal a parking ticket you can complete the parking ticket appeal form at https://weblink.apexnc.org/Forms/parkingticket . Your request will be reviewed and someone will be back in touch with you.
If you see an animal that appears to be rabid call (919) 362-8661 and report the location of the animal. Do not attempt to capture the animal. Animals with rabies will show behavioral changes, they can be excited, aggressive, depressed or lethargic. They may be uncoordinated and unfocused on the activity or presence of humans around them.
Some animals that carry rabies are raccoons, foxes, and bats. These animals, which normally avoid humans, are nocturnal and it is unusual for them to be out in daylight hours.
If you are bitten by a domestic animal, North Carolina state law requires that it be reported to the police department.
Wake County Animal Control is dispatched by the Wake County Sheriff's Office. Please call (919) 856-6911 if you need to report a stray animal.
Please go to the Town of Apex Job Opportunities page to check current openings.
Please go to our records section for information on how to obtain a copy of a police report.
No, the Apex Police Department does not require alarm registry.
You will need to contact the Wake County Clerk of Court at (919) 792-4000.
For information on when to stop for a school bus go to NC Bus Safety.
For information on navigating roundabouts go to NC DOT.
Items held as evidence will be retained until the case (for all parties involved) has been disposed of. Property and Evidence personnel do not have case disposition information, please contact the detective assigned to your case to see if your property can be returned.
Please bring a valid government issued ID, any court order you have been issued to return the property, any proof of ownership and any police department required forms for firearm returns.
We ask that you make an appointment if at all possible.
Our pickup hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. After-hours appointments (before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m.) can be scheduled by calling (919) 249-1137.
If for some reason you are unable to retrieve your own property you must provide a notarized letter of authorization.
The Town will make a one time pick-up of boxes at no charge for new residents. You must break down all boxes. Request pickup online or call Customer Service at (919) 362-8676 to schedule a pick-up date. The night before your scheduled date, place the broken-down boxes curbside. All packing materials should be placed in your recycling bin or cart.
Only household trash should be thrown in your trash cart, preferably bagged. Bagging helps keep your cart clean and reduces wind blown litter. Do not place yard waste, brush, or any construction debris in your cart. Automotive parts, tires, hazardous waste, hot ashes and corrugated cardboard are also prohibited. You should place recyclables in the labeled recycle bin for collection.
Search specific materials through the Waste Wizard.
Call the North Carolina One-Call Center at (800) 632-4949 or 811 to have your utilities marked with paint (generally within 48 hours of the call).
Contact Customer Service at (919) 362-8676 to report missed collection, or complete the online form linked here.
Call Customer Service at (919) 362-8676 or request a new cart with this online form. They will repair or replace your cart and/or bin.
You can post a ‘No Soliciting’ sign that is clearly visible at your home. Solicitors who then approach your door after seeing the sign are violating the ordinance, which is reportable to the Apex Police Department at (919) 362-8661.
Each person is issued an identification card from the Police Department with their name, business and expiration date. If the solicitor cannot produce an issued identification card, you can call the Apex Police Department’s non-emergency number at (919) 362-8661 and they can verify if a permit has been issued. The solicitor is required to wear the issued identification card while actively soliciting.
The hours are from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. If they come after 8 p.m. you can call the non-emergency police number at (919) 362-8661 and report them.
A stormwater utility fee is a legally authorized public enterprise fund, adopted by ordinance, and is similar to a water or sewer utility. It is a dedicated funding source for Town stormwater management program activities with a focus on water quality.
The Town of Apex began collecting the stormwater utility fee on January 1, 2022. The fee appears in the Apex utility customer’s monthly bill alongside water, sewer, electricity and solid waste services.
Customers are billed monthly. This fee is on the same bill for water, sewer, electric, and solid waste services. If you do not receive a monthly utility bill from the Town, you will receive a separate bill on a quarterly basis for the stormwater fee.
All owners or tenants of property within Town limits pay the fee. Tax exempt organizations also pay the fee since their property contains impervious surface. Properties with 400 square feet (sf) or less of impervious surface are not subject to the fee. Properties outside of the Town’s corporate limits are also not subject to the fee.
Impervious surface is a hard surface on a property that does not allow rain to soak into the ground. This includes, but is not limited to, rooftops, carports, driveways, garages, walkways, storage sheds, parking lots, and patios.
Impervious surface is the most accurate way to estimate the amount of polluted water (stormwater) that flows off a property and into our pipes and streams during a rain event. The more hard surface area on a property, the more stormwater runoff that is produced. Because of this, the fee is higher for properties with larger impervious surfaces.
The fee provides a dedicated funding source for Town stormwater operations, including:
This fee does not cover drainage issues or flooding on private property.
The amount of impervious area on your property is determined through the use of a geographic information system (GIS), aerial photos, and satellite imagery. To view impervious area on your property, please visit the Stormwater Utility Fee Map.
All developed non-residential parcels and large residential customers (including commercial, office/institutional, churches, apartment complexes, etc.) are charged a fee based on the Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU). The ERU is the average impervious surface on residential properties in Apex. Through a GIS analysis, the average impervious surface is 2,700 square feet. This unit is a baseline for monthly rates for non-residential properties.
Take a look at the construction permit for your property. The permit will list the impervious surface. This impervious surface may differ from final as-built impervious area, but will serve as a good estimate.
Stormwater, drinking water, sewer, electric and solid waste services are all on the same utility bill. If you do not pay this bill, the Town of Apex may shut off other utilities like drinking water or electricity.
The stormwater utility fee is assessed on all properties within Apex corporate limits regardless of tax status. However, you may appeal your charge if you feel one of the following applies:
Click here to access the online appeal form
The stormwater utility fee is not charged by the amount of rain that falls or property tax value. The fee is based on the amount of runoff potentially created by impervious surface on the property. It is similar to fees paid for water/sewer service, trash collection, or electricity.
Please contact Apex stormwater staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for any further questions you may have on the fee.
Many roads in Apex are owned and maintained by the NC Department of Transportation. Complete their online form to report a pothole on the following roads:
- Apex Barbecue Rd- Center St / Ten Ten Rd- Green Level Church Rd- Highway 55- Highway 64- Hughes St (from Hwy 55/US1 to Hwy 55 near Salem)- Hunter St (Salem St to Hwy 55)- James St (from Hughes St to Tingen Rd)- Jenks Rd- Kelly Rd- Lake Pine Dr
- Laura Duncan Rd- Lufkin Rd- Old Jenks Rd- Olive Chapel Rd- Richardson Rd- Salem St- Schieffelin Rd- Sunset Lake Rd- Tingen Rd- West Chatham Street (from Salem St to Hunter St)
Most neighborhood streets and downtown areas are maintained by the Town of Apex. Report potholes to those streets through this online form.
Call (919) 249-3391 with questions regarding street maintenance
To report a problem (including a clogged storm drain, a misaligned storm drain cover, a missing street sign, a sight distance problem at an intersection, etc.) please complete an online form or call (919) 249-3391.
To report a traffic light that is not operating properly, please call the NCDOT at (919) 220-4600.
The Town of Apex provides electric, water, sewer, garbage, recycling, yard waste, area light services to most locations inside our town limits. However, there are a few subdivisions that do not have electric service with the Town, such as Waterford Green, Beckett Crossing, Carriage Downs and Sunset Hills.
The Town of Apex also provides electric service to some Cary locations. If you have questions about which utility services the Town provides to your home or business contact the Utilities and Finance Department at (919) 362-8676.
Visit this page to connect or disconnect service.
You may complete an online disconnection request or call the Utilities and Finance Department at (919) 362-8676 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are unable to disconnect utility services on weekends or holidays.
Report the missed pickup immediately by calling (919) 362-8676. We can usually arrange to have your container emptied the same day or within one business day of your call. Garbage and recycling containers should be placed at the curb the night before your scheduled pickup day. Unfortunately, we are unable to make a second trip to your location when containers are not placed at the curb by 6 a.m. on the pickup day.
A Utility Application must be filled out for each location you wish to have utility services connected to. You can obtain a utility application by submitting an online Utility Application. After that call (919) 362-8676 to request a faxed or mailed Utility Application form. Come to our office and fill out the application Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our office is located at:
73 Hunter Street
Apex, NC 27502
Utility customers can complete an online Unlock Utility Account form or call Utility Billing/Customer Service at (919) 362-8676, during regular business hours, and speak with a Customer Service Specialist to have their utility account unlocked.
Both vehicle washing and power washing are currently allowed per Town ordinance. If you have a question about the legality of a specific water-using activity, please contact Public Works and Utilities at (919) 249-3354.
Town of Apex water customers are allowed to use irrigation systems 3 days a week. Customers who have odd-numbered addresses may water lawns and landscapes anytime on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Even-numbered addresses may water anytime on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Lawn irrigation is not allowed on Mondays.
To deactivate your irrigation system, please complete the Irrigation Deactivation Form found at www.apexnc.org/deactivateirrigation. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Jessica Sloan, Water Resources Program Coordinator, at (919) 372-7478.
A written notice will be issued for a first violation of mandatory Town irrigation rules. Upon additional observation of violations, the violator will be subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000 per violation per day. To report a violation, contact the Water Resources Department at (919) 372-7478. Water Resources staff will investigate all reports of violations.