The following is a general outline and guide to obtaining required construction inspections.
Code Enforcement Officials are to provide inspection services based
upon the N.C. 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 one is needed.
Inspections are obtained in the following order:
- Temporary Power Pole Inspection [if applicable]
- Footing Inspection
- Under Slab Inspection
- Foundation Inspection
- Floor Framing Inspection
- Sheathing Inspection
- Electrical Rough-In Inspection
- Plumbing Rough-In Inspection
- Mechanical Rough-In Inspection
- Framing Inspection
- Insulation Inspection
- Electrical Final Inspection
- Plumbing Final Inspection
- Mechanical Final Inspection
- Building Final Inspection
Temporary Power Pole
Pole shall be constructed to meet utility company standards and the latest editions of the National Electric Code.
Footing Inspection is to 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.
NOTE: Deck footings may be requested as a separate inspection or with other building trade request.
Under Slab Inspection
Under Slab Inspection is to be made after all forms have been
placed; concealed electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning
facilities inspected; all crushed stone, a vapor barrier, all
reinforcing steel with supports tied and/or all welded wire fabric is
installed when required, but before any concrete is placed.
EXCEPTION: Inspection is not required for driveways or patio slabs, walks, etc., which are considered as non-habitable spaces.
Foundation Inspection is to be made after all foundation supports
are installed. This inspection is to check foundation supports, vents,
crawl space leveling, ground clearances, and positive drainage, where
NOTE: Installed basement waterproofing shall be left open for the
purpose of inspection. Waterproofing may be requested as a separate
inspection or with other building trade inspections.
Floor Framing Inspection
Floor Framing Inspection is to be made after floor framing is in
place. This inspection is to check for girder size and location, and
size of floor joist.
Electrical Rough-In Inspection
Electrical Rough-In Inspection is to be made when all wiring, boxes,
and panel boards have been installed. All connections are made and
ready for the finished product.
Plumbing Rough-In Inspection
Plumbing Rough-In Inspection is to be made for all parts of the
plumbing system that can be completed prior to the installation of
fixtures. This includes drainage, water-supply, water test, vent
piping, and the necessary fixture supports.
Mechanical Rough-In Inspection
Mechanical Rough-In Inspection is to be made when all boots, gas
piping, mechanical ventilation, and concealed ducts have been installed.
Framing Inspection is to be made after all rough-in
inspections have been approved; when roof, wall, ceiling and floor
framing is complete with appropriate blocking, bracing and fire
stopping in place. The following items should be in place and visible
- Chimney(s) and vent(s)
- Flashing for roof(s), chimney(s), and wall
- Insulation baffles
- All lintels required to be bolted to the framing
for support. (Lintels shall not be covered by any
exterior or interior wall or ceiling finish
material before approval. Work may
continue without approval for lintels masonry
Insulation Inspection is to be made after an approved building
framing inspection, with all insulation and vapor barriers in place,
but before any wall or ceiling covering is applied.
Electrical Final Inspection
Electrical Final Inspection is to be made when the wiring system is
complete. The Electrical Final Inspection is requested by the
Plumbing Final Inspection
Plumbing Final Inspection is to be made when all distribution pipes;
fixtures; traps; soil, waste, and vent pipes; building drains and
building sewers -- including their respective connections and devices
-- are complete. The Plumbing Final Inspection is requested by the
Mechanical Final Inspection
Mechanical Final Inspection is to be made when the mechanical system
is complete, and all manufacturer instructions have been followed. The
Mechanical Final Inspection is requested by the mechanical contractor.
Building Final Inspection
Building Final Inspection is to be made when all landscaping and
drainage requirement have been met, when the building is complete and
ready for occupancy. The Building Final Inspection is requested by the