McDowell County Building Inspections administers both the North Carolina mandated Building Codes and the North Carolina state mandated National Flood Insurance Rate Program regulations.
For your convenience all permit applications are completed through our online Application/Inspection Portal available 24/7 at co-mcdowell-nc.smartgovcommunity.com
Our portal does not recognize addresses, it will instead require you to enter your Parcel Number. To get your Parcel Number you go to McDowell County GIS online change the search criteria from Parcel Search to Address Search and enter the address of the property you wish to pull the permit for. When you see your property with the little dot, click on it and a box will appear on the left side of the screen. Your Parcell Number will be in the top of the box. All inspections should be requested through the online portal. However for emergencies, please contact LaShay via text at (828)-925-2064.
All inspections should be requested through the online portal.
However for emergencies, please contact LaShay via text at (828)-925-2064.
Building Inspector Steve Cable: (828)-925-2065
Buillding Inspector Wendell Nettles: (828)-925-0741
For step-by-step instructions or help using our mobile system please see the PDF's below.
Printable forms for permitting.
To obtain a Lien Agent Form: https://www.liensnc.com/
Permits Required by North Carolina General Statues:
A. All additions to existing residential property
B. All remodeling (renovations) that affect the structural portions of the structure
C. All changes to the Electrical. Plumbing, Heating/ Cooling systems (excluding normal repairs)
D. All new structures including Houses, Garages, Shops, and Storage Buildings will require a Building Permit. (NC statutes requires any structure 12ft and greater in any dimension to be permitted).
A. All additions to existing commercial property
B. All remodeling (renovations)
C. All changes to use for existing structures
D. All new structures
E. All changes to Electrical, Plumbing, Heating/ Cooling systems (excluding normal repairs)
3- Flood Plain
A. All new structures including Barns, Storage Sheds, etc
B. All land disturbing activities
C. All remodeling (renovations) to existing property
The Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM’s) can be viewed online at ncfloodmaps.com. These maps are also available for viewing in the Building Inspections Office.
All Pyrotechnic Shows must be permitted, and approved in accordance with N.C.G.S. 58 Article 82A, 11 NCAC 05D, and Chapter 56/Section 5608 of North Carolina State Building Code: Fire Prevention Code.
All Firework Show permits must be filed at least six weeks in advance, giving time for the Board of Commissioners to meet and vote for approval.
For Fire Inspections please contact McDowell County Fire Inspector MacKenzie Burnette at (828)-559-7313.
The State of North Carolina requires a routine fire inspection to be conducted on each commmercial establishment in our jurisdiction. The frequency of these inspections is listed below.
Once a year: Hazardous, High-Rise, Assembly, Institutional and Residential except for one and two family dwellings. In multi-family occupancies this only includes interrior common areas of dwelling units.
Once every two years: Industrial and Educational Occupancies (Except for public schools)
Once every three years: Mercantile, Business, Storage and Churches.
All activities within the City Limits of Marion are permitted through the City of Marion Building Inspections Department, their phone number is (828) 652-3551.
All questions in regards to development standards in any of the above listed regulations should be addressed to the McDowell County Chief Building Offical.