BUILDING PERMIT INQUIRY             What to expect?
Permit Guide
Typical Residential Inspections
                                                               Well & Septic Services 
Office Hours8:00 am – 4:30 pm  Monday - Friday    
Inspectors in office 8:00 am – 9:00 am   
Permits issued 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

PO Box 308
Physical Location: 35 Walker Street
Columbus, NC 28722
828-894-2913 (fax)

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

                                         BUILDING PERMIT INQUIRY

Building Inspection, Addressing, Environmental Health & Planning Staff

Director of Inspections: David Gosnell
Code Enforcement Official:
Dan Bolt
Code Enforcement Official: Patrick Rimer
Permits/Scheduling Inspections:
 Kristy Tipton
Addressing/Permits: Yvette Szuster
County Planner/Zoning Administrator:
Cathy Ruth
Planning Administrator: Hannah Lynch
Fire Marshal/Fire Inspections/Emergency Management Director:
Bobby Arledge
Environmental Health Inspector/Septic & Wells: Stephen Chambers
Environmental Health Inspector/Food & Lodging:
Geoff Hiles

Duties and Responsibilities: Enforce within the county the county all state and local laws and local ordinances and regulations relating to: (1) the construction of buildings; (2) the installation of plumbing systems, electrical systems, heating systems, refrigeration systems, and air-conditioning systems; (3) the maintenance of buildings in safe, sanitary, and healthful conditions; and (4) other matters that may be specified by the Board of County Commissioners.    

Online Forms & Documents

Click here to view Building Inspections documents.    

Related Links:
NC Department of Insurance             
Building Codes & Other Information
International Code Council
Lien Agent Law

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