Welcome to the Rutherford County Building Inspections Department!

141 West Third Street

Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Located directly behind the courthouse


(828) 287-6035

Fax: (828) 287-6338

8 am - 4:30 pm--Monday through Friday

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Your Building Inspection staff:

Shane Dotson, Director

Clint Houser, Senior Inspector

Caleb Wilson, Building Inspector

Joey Turrubiarte, Building Inspector

Ronnie Martin, Building Inspector

Cory Hill, Fire Inspector

Ruth Sams, Administrative Assistant


Once you have an assigned building inspector, it is best to talk with him as he will know you, your site, and your project, and can best answer your questions or concerns. Until that time and for general inquiries, inspection/permit requests, or for correspondences related to your permit such as duct testing, penetrometer testing, termite verifications, permit applications, engineering designs, etc., please e-mail us at permits@rutherfordcountync.gov.  Please be sure to reference your permit number if you have one assigned.


Whether you are about to begin building a new home, setting up a mobile home, changing your electrical/plumbing/heating system, or even putting in a pool or making changes or additions to your home, the Building Inspector will assist you in the process. 


All commercial building plans MUST be reviewed--before permitting--by a fire inspector, as well as a building inspector.