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NEWS UPDATES

  • EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2016 - NO MORE BLUE SHEETS - New Process for obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) - Effective March 1, 2016 a new process for obtaining a CO will be used. Instead of obtaining signatures on a blue sheet at the final inspection, you will simply go to the Zoning office that your project is located in after everyone has approved each final inspection. The Zoning office will look into our permitting software system to see if everyone has approved the project for a CO. If everything is complete, they will issue you a CO for the project. The same process will be used to obtain a temporary CO on projects. Projects that were started prior to March 1st, may have a blue sheet with signatures that you will need to take to the Zoning office and acquire your CO.


  • The NC Building Code Council has approved new wood span charts for Commercial and Residential construction. These charts are a result of the wood industry’s study on the fast growth southern pines used in today’s forestry production of milled lumber. Spans have been reduced across the board for this species. The effective date of the new span charts is January 1, 2015 but Catawba County will begin enforcement of these charts March 1, 2015 in order to give ample time for contractors to make needed adjustments. These documents are also located on the permit center and plan review additional info screens. 2/11/2015
  • Commercial Span Chart (PDF)
  • Residential Span Chart (PDF)

  • The 2011 NEC was approved by the NC General Assembly on July 3, 2012 and will be the electrical code enforced in Catawba County beginning Monday July 16, 2012. Here is a simple list of changes. 7/18/2012
  • Catawba County is a 2012 winner of the Digital Counties Survey: The 2012 Digital Counties Survey award winners were named Monday, July 16, by the Center for Digital Government (CDG), a national research and advisory institute focused on IT policies and best practices in state and local government. (article) 7/18/2012

  • As of March 1, 2012, the use of the 2012 North Carolina Building Code became mandatory. 3/1/2012
  • To view a copy of the 2012 NC Building Code online, click here 3/1/2012
  • The printed versions will be available in late April 2012. To order or preorder a copy of the 2012 NC Building Code online, click here 3/1/2012
  • To view the Changes to the NC Residential Code from the 2009 to 2012, click here. 3/1/2012

NEW FEATURES ADDED/UPDATES


  • Added the form New Plan Review Fee Schedule. 7/7/2017


  • Updated the form Commercial Plan Review application. 7/7/2017


  • Added the form Temporary Stage Certification Form. 4/12/2017


  • Change in the Scheduling an Inspection instructions. 3/22/2017


  • Change in the Plan Review Submittal Cut Off Time. 8/1/2016


  • 2014 NEC NC Amendments link here. 3/22/2016


  • County Water & Sewer Applications are now combined into one application link here. 2/8/2016


  • Catawba County now accepts trade permit applications via FAX or email. To find out out, follow the link here. 9/15/2015


  • Updated the Plan Review Application and Express Plan Review Application. 7/1/2015


  • Added a new item to the 'Questions & Answers' dropdown menu. There is now a 'How Do I See the Results of An Inspection?' item. This page explains how to view the results of an inspection. You can quickly get to that webpage here. 5/11/2015


  • Catawba County Building Services Division has upgraded its website to be more mobile (smartphone and ipad) friendly. The display of web information is now more dependent upon the device that you are using. Any questions, concerns or feedback should be directed to Steve at splackey@catawbacountync.gov. 3/19/2015


  • Catawba County Building Services Division along with our Technology Department has been hard at work looking at better ways to help you with your permitting and inspections needs. We are proud to announce some changes that are going to allow your current technology to help you with your project management from anywhere you are. Click here to find out more. 7/15/2014


  • Spanish Translation Now Available. Via the phone or at the Permit Center counter. Traducción en español está disponible. A través del teléfono o en el Centro de Permisos. Do you have any questions? We are here to serve the Hispanic community as well. ¿Tienen alguna pregunta? Estamos aquí para servir a la comunidad hispana también. 1/16/2014


  • New HVAC Statement of Compliance form . 8/29/2013


  • New FIRE PERMIT application form. Access through the link FIRE PERMIT. 4/4/2013


  • New access to the Permit Detail report through the PERMIT DETAIL SEARCH. The routine will search for your permit using the permit suffix now. 4/12/2012


  • New web format! 2/6/2012
  • Updated OSHA web page with added links to relevant documents. 2/7/2012


  • Made in America video (ABC News) 1/9/2012
  • Where You Can Buy Made in America Building Products (ABC News) 1/9/2012
  • Made In America Manufacturer/Supplier List (ABC News) 1/9/2012


  • NC Landfill Ban on flourescent lights and mercury switches. 9/30/2011
  • Inspection Scheduling Changes and Purchasing NC Building codes. 9/30/2011
  • Modified button on main web page from "Presentation & Workshop Materials" to "Bulletins, Presentation & Workshop Materials" and added the two above mentioned bulletins to that page. Click here to view the revised page. 9/30/2011


  • Do I need a permit for a Greenhouse? 5/2/2011
  • Do I need a building permit to add a deck to my house? 5/2/2011


  • Using QRCodes...what they are and how to use them. 4/4/2011


  • Added new page for Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Alarm/Detector information
  • Added a pdf detailing the new changes in NC in regards to Carbom Monoxide alrms/detectors


  • Added QRCodes (Quick Response Code) to Permit Hard Card. This will give smartphone/tablet users access to internet information without having to key in the entire web address. See newsletter for more complete description. Click here for an example. 1/6/2011
  • New Newsletter 1/6/2011
  • Smartphone Questionnaire 1/6/2011
  • New Inspection Assignment Tracking website for mobile users 1/6/2011
  • Several web reports changed from PDF format to HTML format so that smartphone/tablet users can still access hyperlinks 1/6/2011
  • Detailed activity tracking added to website and reports to better observe user traffic and habits so that website can be tweaked to provide a better user experience 1/6/2011


  • Various reports now contain hyperlink to the Plan Notes and Permit Plan Notes reports if they are available.
  • Added Permit Plan Review Notes Report(REPORTS & MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS -> PERMIT PLAN REVIEW NOTES) 4/26/2010
  • Added Plan Review Notes Report(REPORTS & MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS -> PLAN REVIEW NOTES) 4/26/2010
  • Added Spring 2010 Quarterly Newsletter(BUILDING INSPECTIONS DROP MENU -> QUARTERLY NEWSLETTERS) 4/26/2010
  • Added Zoning reference for Town of Brookford(PLAN REVIEW DROP MENU -> MUNICIPAL PLANNING & ZONING OFFICES) 4/26/2010


  • Revised Procedure for Acquiring Permits for One and Two Family Dwellings 4/14/2010
  • Revised Procedure for Acquiring Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical and Fire Sprinkler Permits 4/14/2010
  • Revised Procedure for Acquiring Permits for Commercial Buildings 4/14/2010
  • PDF of Appendix G of the 2009 North Carolina Residential Code regarding Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs (HOME -> Building Inspections -> Forms, Policies & Procedures -> Swimming Pools, Spas & Hot Tubs ) 4/14/2010


  • Added Building Permits Issued Report(REPORTS & MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS -> BUILDING SERVICES/PERMIT CENTER REPORTS) 3/23/2010


  • Added utility to calculate differences between two dates (REPORTS & MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS -> BUILDING SERVICES/PERMIT CENTER REPORTS) 3/1/2010


  • Added documentation to Address Search screen 2/16/2010
  • Added link to Web Site Update Newsletter on Reports Screen 2/16/2010


  • Updated IVR Brochure for new inspection numbers 2/12/2010
  • Link to IVR Brochure now also on Contact Us page 2/12/2010
  • Renamed Miscellaneous Items to Reports & Miscellaneous Items 2/10/2010


  • Completed links in Permit Center dropdown menu for Lookup a Permit, Lookup Permits Using Address Search and Lookup All Permits for a Parcel 2/10/2010

  • Added a Yearly Reports page 2/10/2010

  • Added Monthly and Yearly Reports links to Reports & Miscellaneous Items page 2/10/2010

  • Inspection Assignment Tracking report now allows for selecting different sort options 2/10/2010

  • Added Permit Partial Address Search Report 2/10/2010

  • Added Permit Parcel Search Report 2/10/2010

  • Added Project Search 2/10/2010

  • Added Contractor Search 2/10/2010

  • Added Online Payment System links to Quick Links, Building Inspections and Permit Center dropdown menus 2/10/2010


  • Reports Section (HOME -> MICELLEANEOUS ITEMS -> BUILDING SERVICES/PERMIT CENTER REPORTS ) 1/21/2010

  • Active Cases/Permits Report (HOME -> MICELLEANEOUS ITEMS -> BUILDING SERVICES/PERMIT CENTER REPORTS -> ACTIVE CASES...) 1/21/2010

  • Inspection Assignment Tracking Report (HOME -> MICELLEANEOUS ITEMS -> BUILDING SERVICES/PERMIT CENTER REPORTS -> Inspection Assignment...) 1/21/2010

  • Permit Detail Report (Version 1)(HOME -> MICELLEANEOUS ITEMS -> BUILDING SERVICES/PERMIT CENTER REPORTS -> PERMIT DETAIL...) 1/21/2010

  • View Daily Inspection Assignments and Statuses (HOME -> BUILDING INSPECTIONS -> VIEW INSPECTIORS DAILY ASSIGNMENTS) 10/30/2009

  • Permit List Search Based on Partial Address Information (PERMIT CENTER MENU ITEMS -> LOOKUP PERMIT USING ADDRESS SEARCH) 10/30/2009

  • Permit Inspection History (HOME -> BUILDING INSPECTIONS -> YOUR INSPECTION RESULTS) 10/30/2009

  • Citizen Access Portal (CAP) link (HOME -> QUICK LINKS -> CITIZEN ACCESS PORTAL (CAP) ) 10/30/2009

  • Permit Detail Report (Version 1) (HOME -> QUICK LINKS -> LOOKUP ISSUED PERMIT ) 10/30/2009