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Get to know … Building Inspections

If you’ve ever built or remodeled a home or accessory structure, you know there are State permitting procedures to follow.  Some required permits could include, Zoning, Well and Septic, and Building permits it all depends on your location, and the scope of your project. Polk County has streamlined the permitting process into one location, the Community Development building located at 35 Walker Street in Columbus.  In this building are several departments you may need, Building Inspections, Environmental Health, and Planning & Zoning. This post will focus specifically on Building Inspections, with posts on the other departments to follow in the near future.

Building Inspectors are Code Enforcement Officials, certified by the State, to inspect Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical work for both residential and commercial projects.  This group of professionals have one specific goal – to keep you safe, and ensure the work being done meets the State code requirements.  

Once a building permit is issued, you or your contractor will schedule periodic inspections, and a Building Inspector will come to your site. You will know it is an official of the County as their vehicles are marked, and they will have county credentials.

If you are unsure if your project requires a permit, contact the Polk County Inspections office, or check out this information sheet from the Building Inspections office.

Here’s some more information about this important department.

Mission Statement: To protect the health, safety and welfare of Polk County citizens by creating better buildings and safer communities.

Departmental Goal

  • Simplify the permitting process to better serve the residents of Polk County
  • Strive to improve communication and customer service to ensure a quality department
  • Uphold all county ordinances and state building codes
  • Maintain an organized storage system of all data, including staying current on N.C. State Building, Residential, Manufactured Homes, Accessibility, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Energy codes
  • Prepare for the anticipated growth and complexity of future development and construction in Polk County
  • Update and maintain Polk County website for the department, ensuring most recent forms and applications are available online
  • Collaborate within the departments located in the Community Development building, as well as other departments in the county and municipalities.

Building Inspections Director: David Gosnell

Location Information: 35 Walker Street, Columbus

Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Inspectors are in the office from 8 to 9 a.m. and permits are issued from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)



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