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The City of Wilson Inspections Department is now performing Live Remote Inspections for all occupied dwellings (exception: life safety and imminent danger situations).

LR inspections utilize today’s technology (a smart phone or another handheld device) to allow a permit holder to show and demonstrate code compliance without requiring the inspector to be physically present at the project.  The use of LR inspections is voluntary.

For all requested inspections, the permit holder will be contacted by an inspector and offered the option of a Live Remote inspection.  Field staff will guide you through the process via your video conferencing tool of choice (Face Time, Skype, Google Duo, etc.).

Live Remote inspections may require additional information.  The inspector may request an email or paperwork stating the work meets the applicable NC Codes, manufacturer’s installation requirements and any other requirements.  Some inspections may be approved with exceptions and a follow up inspection scheduled for a later date.

Please note that Live Remote inspections are not mandatory and customers who do not wish to participate in the voluntary program can discuss options with field staff once contacted.



To request an inspection or to report a nuisance violation please call 252-399-2220.

Housing Compliance

Minimum Housing Inspections are performed:

A housing compliance certificate will be issued to the owner/property manager when the dwelling is in full compliance with the minimum housing standards.  Inspections ensure that the dwelling complies with the minimum housing standards set forth in Chapter 43 of the City’s Code, Sections 43-3 thru Section 43-9.  Inspections are done the same day if received by 7:30 am, after that time the inspection will be done the next business day.

Each inspection is good for one (1) year unless a courtesy inspection is requested by the tenant. 

* Courtesy Inspections are generated by complaints from the tenants.  A full inspection will be performed when a courtesy inspection is requested.

Nuisance Abatement

Inspectors canvas assigned neighborhoods and respond to complaints. The following may be considered a nuisance: high grass (excess of 10″), accumulated trash/junk in yard, appliances stored outside (yard/porch), building materials stored in open places, excessive firewood not stored/stacked properly, graffiti and open structures.  For more information refer to Chapter 17 of the City Code (Health, Sanitation, Public Nuisances) or Section 3.30 of the Zoning Ordinance (Community Appearance Standards).  To report a violation please call 252-399-2220 or email

Boarding House Compliance

Inspections are done annually to ensure that the dwelling meet the standards set forth in Section 43-10 of the Minimum Housing Code. Boarding Houses may be subject to random visits based on complaints. All boarding houses must be registered at the City of Wilson and have a Special Use Permit.

Junk Vehicles

Residents are allowed to have one junked/nuisance vehicle in the rear yard (may differ at apartment complexes). The vehicle must be covered with a standardized car cover made for that vehicle and should be so secured that it will not be blown off during a storm. If vehicle is uncovered for any reason it is subject to being tagged and towed within 15 days. Refer to Section 3.27 of the Zoning Ordinance.

Nuisance Vehicles

Vehicles that pose a possible health hazard or public nuisance as indicated by any of the following conditions: Breeding ground for pests, Core of growth for heavy weeds, vehicle has jagged metal parts or glass, is a point of collection for water, debris/waste or chemicals or is declared a public nuisance by the City Council. These vehicles would also be tagged and towed in 15 days.

Abandoned Vehicles

Those vehicles left at a vacant house, deemed abandoned by the owner or left on the public street without proper tags. These vehicles can be towed within 48 hours.

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