• Planning and Development

  • Department:
  • Building Code Inspections

  • The Onslow County Building Code Inspections office enforces the North Carolina Building codes that include electrical, mechanical, plumbing, residential, commercial, fire and others with North Carolina Appendixes, which shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures. The purpose of the code is to provide minimum requirements to safeguard life or limb, health and public welfare. (Reference 2006 NC Building Codes) 

  •  Jonathan Briggs, Code Administrator
    Onslow County Code Enforcement
    604 College Street
    Jacksonville, NC 28540
    (910) 989-3072

  • Most Frequently Asked Questions and Answers 

    Disclaimer: The questions and answers below are not site specific therefore it is recommended to contact the building code inspections department and refer to the applicable North Carolina Building Codes.

    Question:  How are plumbing fixture requirements calculated for a project?  
    Answer: 
    The first step is to determine occupancy load of the space using Table 1004.1.2 in the NC Building code.  Once this is established review Section 403 of the NC Plumbing Code along with table 403.1 to determine your minimum fixture count.

    Question:  Do I need a permit to install low voltage wiring (phone & data, fire alarm, HVAC control wiring, etc.) in Onslow County?
    Answer: 
    Yes, you will need to submit an electrical permit application to the Permit Counter.  If this wiring is part of a larger overall project under construction, the electrical permit application will need to have the six (6) digit county project number of the larger project.

    Question:  How do I call in for an inspection on my project?
    Answer: 
    Call the Central Permitting Office at 910-455-3661 Opt. 1

    Question:  Do I need a permit to build an ADA Accessible Ramp?
    Answer: 
    Yes.  Submit 2 sets of drawings and a Building Permit application.  The drawings should include an Appendix B, a site plan, and details of the ramp, handrails, etc.

    Question:  What will my permit cost?
    Answer:
     Visit 2011-2012 Current Fee Schedule or contact the Central Permitting office at (910) 455-3661 Option 1. 

    Question: How do I change the general contractor (GC) on my permit?
    Answer: Contact the Central Permitting Office at (910) 455-3661 Option 1-Building Inspection Permits.

    Question: Do I need a permit when building a shed?
    Answer: Yes, but there is an exemption you may qualify for.  Call the inspections office for details. 

    Question:  Do I need a permit to put a pool in my yard?
    Answer:  Building and Electric Permits are required if the pool contains water over 24 inches. There are barrier and electrical requirements. A permit is also required for spas and hot tubs.

    Question:  Do I need a permit to build a small shed in my yard?
    Answer:  Any accessory building with any dimension greater than 12 feet and more than one story must meet the North Carolina Residential Code. If installing electric, plumbing or mechanical in these structures,a permit will be required for each. 

    Question:  What are the requirements for a new business locating in an existing building?
    Answer:
      You will need zoning department approval and possibly an approval from your local sewer provider or the environmental health department.  For more detailed information contact code enforcement and central permitting office for application forms.
     

    Question:  I would like to start a business in my home.  What do I need?
    Answer:
      You will need Zoning Department approval and possibly an approval from your local sewer provider or the Environmental Health Department.  For more detailed information contact Code Enforcement and Central Permitting Office for application forms

    Question: I want to build an addition to my house. Can I do my own electrical work?
    Answer: Yes, provided you get an electrical permit and you are the owner and will reside in the house for 1 year or more.

    Question: What time is the inspector coming to do my inspection today?
    Answer:  There is no specific time scheduled. It will be either in the morning between 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. or in the afternoon between 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Call for more details

    Question: What does "per North Carolina Building codes" mean?
    Answer: The North Carolina Building Codes are the following: Building Code, Accessibility Code, Plumbing Code, Mechanical Code, Electrical Code, Fire Prevention Code, Fuel Gas Code, Energy Code, Existing Building Code and Residential Code and other which is based on the International Code Council (ICC) and is approved by Department of Insurance (DOI)

    Question: Do I need a building permit when building a new deck or deck extension (adding to) when it is attached or detached to my house?
    Answer: Yes, in all cases, permits are required no matter what the size of the deck construction.

    Disclaimer:The questions and answers above are not site specific therefore it is recommended to contact the building code inspections department and refer to the applicable North Carolina Building Codes.