Inspector’s Corner

Thinking about a renovation or building project? Get the information you need right here! The Inspector’s Corner provides information about building permits and requirements to ensure your project goes smoothly and meets all safety regulations. Browse our resources or contact our office to discuss your plans and avoid any delays.

April 15, 2024

Did you know…

that even small repairs to your guard rails might require a building permit? It’s true! While replacing a few pickets under $40,000 doesn’t need a permit, guard rail posts are considered structural components, therefore requiring a building permit.

Here’s the important takeaway: Safety first! Even if a permit isn’t required, your guard rails still need to meet North Carolina’s residential building code standards. This ensures your family and guests are protected from falls.

What can you do?

  • Ask your contractor to get a permit. This way, you can be sure the work is done right and meets code.
  • We offer courtesy inspections, even for permit-exempt projects. We suggest scheduling a courtesy inspection to insure compliance. Just give us a call to schedule one once your project is completed, and our inspector will ensure your guard rails are safe and up to code. 

Remember: Your safety is our priority. Let’s work together to keep our homes secure.

March 18, 2024

Did you know…

that Hot tub replacements require that connections be made by NC licensed electricians?

Although a hot tub replacement may seem like a quick and simple task to the installers, a potential hazard exists when the unit wiring is performed by a non- licensed electrician. The NC State building and electrical code requires this wiring to be performed by a licensed qualified individual. Previous wiring may not meet the electrical code due to the work previously performed by a non-qualified individual, or code changes.  A permit is required for this task and a final inspection must be conducted by the Building Inspector. 

Another potential issue, unless the unit is sitting on a concrete pad, is the integrity of the structure that the hot tub is to be set on. Typically, newer hot tubs are larger and have a higher capacity of water and people. Therefore, the existing deck where the hot tub has been located may no longer be structurally sound to support it. If the structure appears to be sagging, weakened and has single rather than double 16” on center joist spacing, then it’s probably not going to support the unit.

Please make sure permits are acquired before the installation of a new hot tub.  Violators are subject to double permit fees and may be subject to an investigation by the state licensing board.  We don’t want to see that happen so take the time to submit a permit.  Let us help you make your hot tub safe and enjoyable. Click here for permits and forms.