Carteret County
Home Builders Association


New Inspections Law effective August 1, 2018

08/07/2018 1:04 PM | Teri Edwards (Administrator)

Reprinted from NCHBA: Government Affairs U

Do You Know About The New Inspections Law?

New Law Allows Builders To Obtain Inspection By State Inspector When Requested Inspection Is Not Performed By A Local Department Within Two Business Days

On August 1, 2018, an important provision contained in HB 948 (Building Code Regulatory Reform Act of 2018), NCHBA’s top session priority, became effective. It allows a builder to request the assignment of a state inspector by the NC Department of Insurance’s Engineering & Codes Division (DOI) whenever a local inspections department fails to perform a requested inspection within two (2) business days.

The state inspector will be assigned from the “inspector marketplace pool” composed of fully-credentialed, retired Code-enforcement officials. The builder will pay DOI for this service at a rate set by the law at $30 per hour for the inspector’s services plus mileage at the state rate. The law further allows the builder to recoup the portion of the permit fee for the requested inspection not provided by the local jurisdiction. Requests for the assignment of a marketplace pool inspector should be directed to Deputy Commissioner Cliff Isaac at

We believe this new law, along with efforts by DOI, are responsible for recent reports suggesting that inspection departments across the state are performing requested inspections within the two-day timeframe as contemplated by this new law.

Click below to read NCHBA’s summary of this and the other important provisions in HB 948.

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For more information, contact Mike Carpenter,, Tim Minton,, or Steven Webb,

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