Building Inspections

The building inspection portion of the department is responsible for enforcing the North Carolina building codes, minimum housing and National Flood regulations.

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Code Enforcement Officials are to provide inspection services based upon the North Carolina Building Code. Plans and Specifications are to be used as a guide, but the written text shall prevail.

No person(s) may occupy any dwelling until a Certificate Of Occupancy has been issued. Obtaining the Certificate Of Occupancy requires that all aspects of the construction be inspected and approved. Schedule an inspection, through the Building Inspection Department, the day before the inspection is needed. Schedule your inspections the day before one is needed.

Inspections Are Obtained in the Following Order

Temporary Power Pole
Pole shall be constructed to meet utility company standards and the latest editions of the National Electric Code.

Footing Inspection
Footing Inspections shall be made after the trenches are excavated, all grade stakes are installed, all reinforcing steel and supports are in place and appropriately tied, all necessary forms are in place and braced and before any concrete is placed. (107.1.1)

Under Slab Inspection
Under Slab Inspections shall be made after all materials and equipment to be concealed by the concrete slab are completed. (107.1.2)

Foundation Inspection
Foundation and crawl space Inspections shall be made after all foundation supports are installed. This inspection is to check foundation supports, crawl space leveling, crawl space leveling, ground clearances, and positive drainage where required. (107.1.3)

Rough-In Inspection
Rough-in Inspections shall be made when all building framing and parts of the electrical, plumbing, fire protection, or heating-ventilation or cooling system that will be hidden from view in the finished building have been placed but before any wall, ceiling finish or building insulation is installed. (107.1.4)

Building Framing Inspection
Framing Inspections shall be made after the roof, excluding permanent roof covering, wall ceiling and floor framing is complete with appropriate blocking, bracing and fire-stopping in place. The following items shall be in place and visible for inspection:
- Pipes;
- Chimneys and vents;
- Flashing for roofs, chimneys;
- Insulation baffles; and
- All lintels that are required to be bolted to the framing for support shall not be covered by any exterior or interior wall or ceiling finish material before approval. Work may continue without approval for lintels supported on masonry or concrete. (107.1.5)

Insulation Inspection
Insulation Inspection shall be made after an approved building framing and rough-in inspection and after the permanent roof covering is installed, with all insulation and vapor retarders in place, but before any wall or ceiling covering is applied.(107.1.6)

Fire Protection Inspection
Fire protection inspections shall be made in all buildings where any material is used for fire protection purposes. The permit holder or his agent shall notify the inspect department after all fire protection materials are in place, Fire protection materials shall not be concealed until inspected and approved by the code enforcement official. (107.1.8)

Final Inspection
Final Inspection shall be made for each trade after completion of the work authorized under the technical codes. (107.1.8)