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Residential Inspections

Last updated Nov. 01, 2018 - 3:57 pm

Residential inspections are conducted after permits are issued for a construction project. This includes work being done on a single family home, one- and-two-family dwelling unit, or a townhome. Having work inspected lets all of us know that the work has been done safely and correctly.

When this inspection is done by someone who is trained in the field for the type of work you are doing, it brings a certain value to the project. Most over the counter permits need just one or two inspections; it is only the more complex project, like a house addition, that requires a number of inspections.
Permit inspections help protect your family by ensuring the project is done safely and correctly. It can also save you money by catching errors to make sure the project is done right the first time. These inspections can also ease the frustration that many homeowners experience during a home improvement by eliminating mistakes and preventing extensive rewor

Before Getting Started:

The following business rules apply:
When a final trade inspection is called in, any pending (open) inspections for that permit number will automatically be scheduled for the same date
Inspections scheduled out of sequence may result in the inspection being rejected with a re-inspection fee charged
Before scheduling a insulation inspection, all other rough-in trade inspections must be approved. All trade inspections can be scheduled in any order of sequence. The insulation inspection will always be the last inspection scheduled after all other trade rough ins have been approved
To better manage your permits, schedule inspections, and apply for permits, please consider using our Online Development Center.
  1. When a final trade inspection is scheduled, any open inspection for that permit number will automatically be scheduled for the same date.
  2. Inspections scheduled out of sequence may result in the inspection being rejected with a reinspection fee charged.
  3. Before scheduling an insulation inspection, all other rough-in trade inspections must be approved. The insulation inspection will always be the last inspection scheduled after all other trade rough-ins have been approved.
To better manage your permits and inspections, please use the Online Development Center.

Order of Inspections

Many projects require inspections to performed in a particular order. For example, prior to scheduling a framing inspection on your home, all trade and rough-in inspections must be approved.

Click here to learn more about the sequence of inspections.

Schedule, Reschedule, or Cancel an Inspection

To schedule, reschedule, or cancel an inspection:

After-hours Inspections

After-hours inspections are only for non-emergencies, outside of normal business hours (8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.). A two-day noticed is preferred for this type of inspection, as they are scheduled based on staff availibility.

Eligible Projects: new construction, alterations, interior completions, additions, change of use, shell buildings, single-family dwellings

  • Applicants must have a valid permit before scheduling
  • All work must be complete and ready for inspection
  • A contractor representative must be on-site with plans, a permit card, and list of areas needing inspection

Steps for Scheduling After-hours:

  1. Complete the After-hours inspection form, and submit:
    1. In-person | One Exchange Plaza, 4th floor
    2. Via email | field.services@raleighnc.gov
    3. Via e-fax | 919-996-1831
  2. Within two business days, we will reach out to you to confirm the date and time of your inspection. We will also inform you of any associated fees.
  3. Pay your fees prior to the inspection. Fees can be paid over the phone or in-person.
Fees: $75/hour for residential projects. Fees are refundable for inspections cancelled by 3 p.m.

Emergencies

Should an emergency inspection be needed for your project...

Storm Damage

We often know when a storm is coming, but we can't predict the damage that may happen to our personal property. Click here for important information on what to do if your property is damaged during a storm event.

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