Building Inspections

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We take cash, check, or credit/debit (with 3% bank fee added).  We also have a drop box outside our front door for after hours.   Our inspectors work from home and we continue to do next-day inspections.  Call the office to schedule your inspection, then you may call your inspector the morning of your inspection to get an approximate ETA for your job. 
These times are approximate as we are unable to know for sure how long each inspection will take.

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).

We are open 7:30 AM- 4:00 PM.   
Our inspectors leave out at 8:00 AM.  

We enforce the  2018 NC Code for Building, Residential, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas  and the 2017 NEC.

Shane Dotson, Director

Caleb Wilson, Senior Inspector
Caleb's normal inspection route includes the areas of Caroleen/Henrietta- Forest City-Rutherfordton-Spindale-Shiloh/Danieltown.


Joey Turrubiarte, Fire Inspector 

Lee Pace, Building Inspector
Lee's normal inspection route includes the areas of Green Hill-Chimney Rock-Lake Lure-upper Union Mills.
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Jeremy Hill, Building Inspector
Jeremy's inspection route includes the areas of Bostic-Ellenboro-Gilkey-Golden Valley-Sunshine-lower Union Mills.
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Jess Foster
Jess's inspection route includes the areas of Caroleen/Henrietta-Forest City-Rutherfordton-Spindale-Shiloh/Danieltown.

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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 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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