Inspection Procedures

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Zoning approval is required prior to the submitall of plans to the Building Inspectors.  For commercial projects, please allow 2 weeks for plans to be reviewed.

A licensed contractor may apply for any type of permit; however, for residential projects, a homeowner may apply for permits if they will live in the home for at least 12 months after the work is complete. 

After issuance of a permit, work must be started and have at least one inspection within 6 months or the permit will automatically expire. After inspections, the permit will also automatically expire if no work is done and scheduled for inspection for more than one year.

Types of Inspections:

  • Footings Inspection
  • Foundation Inspection
  • Saw Service Inspection (Temporary Power)
  • Plumbing/Electrical Under Slab Inspection
  • Concrete Slab Inspection
  • Sheathing Inspection (Optional)
  • Rough-in Inspection (This consists of framing, rough plumbing, rough electrical, and rough mechanical as applicable)
  • Insulation Inspection
  • Final Inspection (This includes building final, plumbing final, electrical final, and mechanical final as applicable)
  • Other inspections may be necessary depending on the type of work being done.

For building permits, after the final inspection has been passed a certificate of occupancy will be issued. A copy of the certificate of occupancy will be mailed approximately 1 week after the final inspection has been passed. Certificates of occupancy can also be e-mailed or picked up in person upon request.


For more information, contact: 

Building Inspections
Phone: 704-484-6805
Post Office Box 207 (28151)
315 South Lafayette Street; Shelby, NC 28150