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To schedule an inspection, call (252) 399-2220.

Inspection Office hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

All other times are by appointment.  Please contact inspectors directly for scheduling and availability.

Same Day Inspections

Any inspection received by 7:30 a.m. will be scheduled for the same day.  Any inspection request received after 7:30 a.m. will be placed on the schedule for the next business day. 

All inspection requests, other than the exceptions noted below, should be made after the work is complete and ready for inspection.  Requests for specific time inspections (morning or afternoon inspections) cannot be accommodated. 

Exceptions include:

  • footings
  • below slab
  • emergency pressure tests
  • electrical service change outs
  • open ditches including water and sewer new or repair of line from the meter to the structure.

These exceptions requests must be received by 7:30 a.m. the day of request with the time indicated for inspection request.

You may check the status of an inspection by looking for stickers inside the front door jamb of the building. Each inspector will apply a green, red or white sticker after completing their inspection. The green sticker signifies an approved rough-in inspection, a red sticker signifies a failed inspection and a white sticker signifies an approved final inspection.

Certificates of Occupancy 

Certificates of Occupancy will be issued for completed sites by the Inspections Division after all applicable departments have signed off on their approval.

To change the occupancy of a commercial building, please visit and/or call (252) 399-2220 - Option 1 then 3, to speak with a Code Enforcement Official.

Informal Internal Review

NC law requires inspections departments to implement a process for an informal internal review of inspection decisions made by the department’s inspectors.  Complete this form to request an informal internal review.  For more information, call Kevin O’Brien at (252) 399-2235.

Architect/Engineer Element/Component Inspections Request Form

Pursuant to Session Law 2017-130, Section 2(a) or (b), GS 153A-352(c) and GS 160A-412(c) now allow a design professional (licensed architect, licensed engineer or a person under the direct supervisory control of the licensed architect or licensed engineer), without responsibility to the Authority Having Jurisdiction; to inspect a design or other proposal for a component or element in the construction of a building, click for details and form.