When Inspections are Required

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.

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1. Building Permit Basics
2. Obtaining a Building Permit
3. Permit Timing
4. Contractor's Role
5. When a Permit is Required
6. Homeowners Performing Own Work
7. Selecting a Contractor
8. When Inspections are Required
9. Scheduling an Inspection
10. Permit Fees
11. North Carolina Building Codes