Building & Fire Inspections
8am – 4:30pm – Monday - Friday
Inspectors are in the office from 7:30AM – 9:00AM
Permits are issued from 9:00AM – 4:00PM
35 Walker Street, Columbus
Protecting the health, safety & welfare of people
by creating better building and safer communities.
***EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2013***NEW LIEN AGENT LAW
Go to www.liensnc.com website to engage a lien agent for your building project, if applicable. On the website, log in, enter requested information, select the lien agent for your project, follow payment instructions, print out form and bring into the Inspection Department to be attached to your application. This must be posted at site with permit.
Your Building Inspection & Planning Staff
Building Inspection Director/Fire Inspections: Steve Jones
Code Enforcement Official: Dan Bolt
Permits/Scheduling Inspections/Addressing: Marsha Gillespie
County Planner/Zoning Administrator: Cathy Ruth
Planning & Zoning: Joy Sharp
The Inspection Department duties and responsibilities
Enforce within 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 a safe, sanitary, and healthful conditions; and (4) other matters that may be specified by the Board of Commissioners.
Fire Inspection Schedule
6 Months – Schools
1 Year – Hazardous, Institutional, High-Rise, Assembly, Residential
2 Year – Factory/Industrial, Educational (except Schools)
3 Year – Business, Mercantile, Storage, Churches, Synagogues
Polk County uses the 2006 International Fire Code with North Carolina Amendments.
Online Forms & Documents