Welcome to the Union County Inspection and Zoning Department. Our Department was established in 1969 under the direction of the Union County Commissioners. On January 1, 1970 the department was officially opened to serve the public.
Our purpose is to provide for the health, general welfare, and public safety of you and your family/employees through the enforcement of the North Carolina State Building Code and the Union County Land Use Ordinance.
Our current staff consist of the director, one building supervisor, one building permit supervisor, two permit clerks, four building inspectors, three electrical inspectors, one commercial building inspector and one zoning enforcement officer
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N.C. General Statute153A-357 requires a permit to be obtained before work may commence on most construction projects. Therefore, effective January 1, 2013, a double fee will be accessed to any permit issued after work has started.. This will also apply to any permit application received for processing which is marked “ready for inspection”. If you have any questions concerning this or any other permitting issues, please let us know.
We are pleased to announce that the Inspections Department now accepts debit and credit card payments (Visa and Mastercard). This method of payment may be utilized in the office or over the phone (does not include reinspection fees).
In order to remain as efficient as possible and to be consistent with other Union County Departments, the Inspection Department office hours will change to 8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday, effective October 1, 2012.
The 2011 National Electrical Code has been adopted by North Carolina effective July 3, 2012. Any permit issued after that date must comply with this latest edition of the NEC.
- The Inspections Department is now offering an online service. It may be used to request inspections or view the status of any active permits. This service is available to the public to view general information but only authorized contractors may register. However, registration is not required to view records accessible by the public. If you are a contractor and would like to register, please click on the link below to start the registration process.
Building Permit Search
Contractor Inspection Services
Effective March 1st. 2012
The N.C. Legislature has mandated that the new 2012 N.C. Residential Code and the 2012 N.C. Energy Code will be effective. The new energy code has been printed and is available from the ICC at http://www.iccsafe.org/Pages/default.aspx .
In 2011 the N.C. Legislature made some changes to the General Statutes concerning the ability of property owners to act as the general contractor for construction projects valued at $30,000.00 or more. These changes now require an affidavit from the owner to be filled out and presented before a permit can be issued. To act as a general contractor the person managing or supervising the work must be either duly licensed, the property owner planning to occupy the structure for a period not less than one (1) year and the owner must be present for all inspections during construction. In addition this affidavit will be filed with the N.C. General Contractor’s Licensing Board.
For your convenience a blank Affidavit can be found here.
- Recent changes to the NC General Statutes concerning the installation of Carbon Monoxide detectors.
- Environmental Health New Lead Information Effective January 1, 2010.
Also under the umbrella of the Inspection Department is the Board of Adjustment. The powers and duties of the Board of Adjustment are: appeals from any order, decision, requirement, or interpretation made by the administrator, applications for special use permits, applications for variances, and any other matter the board is required to act upon by the county ordinance.
View Board of Adjustment Agendas and Minutes
There is one commercial inspector who is responsible for inspecting the building, plumbing and mechanical work on commercial jobs. He is responsible for review of plans prior to the issuance of a permit. He also inspects day cares, change of occupancy's, etc.
There are three electrical inspectors who are responsible for the inspection of electrical work in both residential and commercial construction as well as electrical plan review for commercial projects. These inspectors perform a variety of inspections on new residential, additions to residential structures, accessory building, mobile homes, commercial building, etc. Examples of the inspections performed are saw service, rough electrical inspection, final electrical inspections, electrical inspections of mobile homes, etc. These inspectors also are responsible for all yearly routine school inpsections and inspections on mechanical change outs ( heat pump, gas pack, etc).
There are four residential inspectors who are responsible for inspecting the building, plumbing and mechanical work. These inspectors perform a variety of inspections on new residential, additions to residential structures, accessory buildings, mobile homes, etc. Examples of the inspections performed are: footings, rough plumbing in slab, slab, foundation/floor system, concealed insulation, framing, rough plumbing, rough mechanical, insulation, shower pan, final building, final plumbing, final mechanical, various mobile home inspections, etc.
Our Land Use Administrator is responsible for the enforcement of the Union County Land Use Ordinance. Major items in his job are the use of property, setbacks from property lines, violations of the ordinance, floodplain, etc. He also is part of the commercial plan review of buildings being constructed within the County's jurisdiction.
Our zoning jurisdiction does not include the Town of Fairview, Town of Indian Trail, Town of Marshville, Village of Marvin, Town of Mineral Springs, City of Monroe, Stallings, Town of Unionville, Town of Waxhaw, Town of Weddington, Village of Wesley Chapel and Town of Wingate.
Our office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Inspector's field hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Call 704-283-3816 to schedule inspections between the hours of 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. or you can register with our online service (located under the Resources tab below) to schedule inspections.
Residential code questions should be directed to Tom Helms at 704-283-3549 for Building, Mechanical and Plumbing and Mark Griffin at 704-283-3643 for Electrical. Commercial Building, Mechanical and Plumbing code questions should be directed to Terry Griffin at 704-283-3594.
Mark Griffin, Director
500 North Main St. Suite 47
Monroe, NC 28112