So you found the perfect home, during the inspection it is discovered that structural repairs or additions have been added to the home. How do know that the structural repairs or additions have been properly installed or added to the home?

Your Home Inspector might be able to give you a clue. Though the Home Inspector is not a code enforcer or checking for code violations, they can definitely identify areas that are not of typical construction methods, alerting you that there may be something wrong.

Once it is determined that there is an issue with the structural repairs or additions, how can you verify they were completed properly? Checking to see if a permit was pulled that’s how! The fact that the permit was pulled is not enough, the permit must also be closed and signed off by a code official. So when checking to see if a permit was pulle, also check to make sure that the permit was finalized when the job was complete.

How can you check to see a permit was pulled or an existing permit was closed?

Below are some useful links to access Permit infomation

- For Charlotte and the surrounding areas -

- For Raleigh and the surrounding areas -

- For Asheville and the surrounding areas -

When is a building permit required?

  1. The addition, repair, or replacement of loadbearing members or structures;
  2. The installation, extension, alteration or general repair of any heating or cooling system;
  3. The installation, extension or general repair of any plumbing system;
  4. The installation, extension, alteration of an electrical wire system;
  5. The addition of roofing, excluding replacement of light grade of fire resistant roofing;
  6. The use of materials not permitted by this code.

Nobody can commit this or proceed with the construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, movement to another site, removal or demolition of any building without first securing the inspection department with jurisdiction over the side of the work any and all permits required by the state building code.

Is the total cost of the permit evaluation include labor cost?

Yes, permit valuation shall include total cost, such as gas, electrical, plumbing equipment, mechanical, fire protection and other systems, including materials and labor.

Do plans need to be on site?

Yes, a copy of all plans shall be kept at the building site for the building official during inspections. This includes roof and floor trust drawings, engineering reports and repairs etc. Are building permits needed for accessory buildings?

No, all accessory buildings do not require permit. If the accessory building is greater than 12 feet in any dimension, it will require a building permit and be required to meet the provisions of this code.

For code compliance verification for can access FREE NC Codes by clicking Here