Building Inspections

Men in Black
 Shane   - Caleb  - Joey  - Ruth  - Lee  - John

Rutherford County Building/Fire Inspections
We are now located at:
270 N Toms St
Rutherfordton, NC  28139
(828) 287-6035 
(828) 287-6338 (fax)
Our office is located just off E 7th St--approximately 2 blocks N of the courthouse (229 N Main St).

Our business hours have changed. 
We are now open 7:30 AM- 4:00 PM.   
Our inspectors leave out at 8:00 AM.  

The 2018 NC Code for Building, Residential, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas went into effect January 1, 2019.

Shane Dotson, Director

Caleb Wilson, Senior Inspector
Caleb is our Senior Inspector and his normal inspection route includes the areas of Green Hill-Lake Lure-Chimney Rock.

Joey Turrubiarte, Fire Inspector

Lee - Copy
Lee Pace, Building Inspector
Lee's normal inspection route includes the areas of Bostic-Ellenboro-Gilkey-Golden Valley-Sunshine-Union Mills.
John Beck, Building Inspector

John's normal inspection route includes the areas of Forest City-Rutherfordton-Spindale-Shiloh/Danieltown-High Shoals.

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  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.

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