The inspection department shall perform the following inspections (NC Administrative Code Sec. 107):
- Footing inspection: Footing inspections shall be made after the trenches are excavated, all grades stakes are installed, all reinforcing steel and supports are in place and appropriately tied, and all necessary forms are in place and braced before any concrete is placed.
- Under slab inspection (as appropriate): Under slab inspections, as appropriate, shall be made after all materials and equipment to be concealed by concrete are completed.
- Foundation inspection, wood frame construction: Foundation and crawl space inspections shall be made after all supports are installed. This inspection is to check foundation supports, crawl space leveling, ground clearances, and positive drainage when required. (Piling inspections are considered foundation inspections).
- Building Framing Inspection: Framing inspections shall be made after the roof (excluding the permanent roof covering), wall, ceiling and floor framing is complete with appropriate blocking, bracing, and fire stopping in place (this also includes the sheathing on the exterior of the building if it provides the structural tie from the foundation to the roof and/or the wall line bracing required in high wind zones, and the roof sheathing that provides structural bracing for roof framing members). The following items shall be in place and visible for inspection:
- Chimneys and vents
- Insulation baffles, and
- All lintels that are required to be bolted to framing for support shall not be covered by any exterior wall or ceiling finish material before approval. Work may continue without approval for lintels supported on masonry or concrete.
- Rough-In inspection: Rough-in inspections shall be made when all building framing and parts of the electrical, plumbing, fire protection, or heating/ventilation/cooling system that will be hidden from view in the finished building have been placed and visible for inspection. Shower pans must be installed and inspected at the rough-in phase unless the permit holder requests a special courtesy inspection for shower pan approval at a different stage in the project.
- Insulation inspection: Insulation inspections shall be made after an approved building framing and rough-in inspection and after permanent roof covering is installed, with all insulation and vapor retarders in place, but before any wall covering is applied.
- Fire Protection Inspection: Fire protection inspections shall be made in all buildings where any material is used for fire protection purposes. The permit holder or his agent shall notify the inspection department after all fire protection materials are in place. Fire protection materials shall not be concealed until inspected and approved by the code enforcement official.
Final Inspection: Final inspection shall be made for each trade after completion of the work authorized under the technical codes. Permanent power will not be released until after the final inspection is approved. The permit holder may apply for provisional power subject to the requirements of section 10.8 of the NC Administrative Code.