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Bruce Crawford, Director
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157 Paragon Parkway, Suite 200
Clyde, NC 28721
(828) 452-6638 Phone
(828) 452-6791 Fax

Inspection Department office hours are 8:00 am through 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Inspectors are available between 8:00 am and 9:30 am for plan review and code related questions.

Each Inspector with the Haywood County Inspection Department is certified by the State of North Carolina to inspect building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical trades in both residential and commercial applications.

Building Permits Information


Online Inspection Request Form

Permit Fee Schedule
Development and Construction Information
Manufactured Home Inspection Procedures
Residential Erosion Control Information

County Ordinances Related To Inspections
Building Regulations
Forms Available for Download
Addressing Forms
Buidling Permits

No person, firm or corporation shall erect, construct, enlarge, install, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert or demolish any building, structure, or service system within the jurisdiction of the Haywood County Inspections Department without first applying for and obtaining a permit for such.


[G.S. 143-138(b), 153A-357, 160A-417].


When the General Statutes require that general construction, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, or gas work be performed by an appropriately licensed individual, no permit for such type work shall be issued to an unlicensed person or firm. No permit for a building intended for rent, lease or sale will be issued to an unlicensed person or firm.


[G.S. 87-14, 87-21(e), 87-43.1, 153A-134, 153A-357, 160A-194, 160A-417]


When applying for a building permit within the jurisdiction of the Haywood County Inspections Department, the following documentation shall be required:

  • Plans and specifications for project;
  • Completed permit application packet;
    (Packet includes: Application, Affidavit of Workers' Compensation Coverage, and Affidavit as to Status of Licensure, Energy Efficiency, Affidavit of Subcontractor, and Address Request Form.)
  • Wastewater (Septic Tank) approval from Environmental Health Department or appropriate sanitary district;
  • Grading permit from Erosion and Sedimentation Control Department;
  • Water Shed and/or Flood Hazard permit from Planning Department as required;

In addition to the above, provide approval for construction from the respective zoning authorities for the following areas:

  • Town of Clyde (city limits and extra-territorial jurisdiction)
  • Town of Maggie Valley (city limits and extra-territorial jurisdiction)
    (Contractor and sub-contractor privilege license information available at Maggie Valley Town Hall
  • Lake Junaluska Assembly Grounds

Note: Plans and specifications may be required to be sealed by a Professional Engineer or Architect at the Inspections Department's discretion.


Volumes I - X of the North Carolina State Building Code shall apply.


The jurisdiction of the Haywood County inspections Department includes all of Haywood County with the following exceptions:

  • Town of Waynesville (city limits and extra-territorial jurisdiction)
  • Town of Canton (city limits and extra-territorial jurisdiction)

When building in these areas, contact the respective inspection department.


Typical Number of Inspections Required For a Single-Family Dwelling

Temporary Pole: Temporary Pole shall be constructed to meet utility company standards and latest edition of the National Electrical Code.

Footing Inspection: To be made after the trenches are excavated, all grade stakes are installed, reinforcing steel and supports are in place and appropriately tied, all necessary forms are in place and braced and before any concrete is placed.

Note: Deck footings may be requested as a separate inspection or with other building trade request.

Foundation Inspection: To be made after all foundation supports are installed. This inspection is to check foundation supports, vents, crawl space leveling, ground clearances, and positive drainage, where required.

Note: Basement waterproofing installed shall be left open for the purpose of inspection. Water- proofing may be requested as a separate inspection or with other building trade inspections.

Under Slab Inspection/(Habitable Space) as appropriate: To be made after all forms have been placed, concealed electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning facilities inspected, all crushed stone, a vapor barrier, all reinforcing steel with supports tied and/or all welded wire fabric is installed when required but before any concrete is placed.

Exception: Inspection is not required for driveway slabs, carport slabs, walks, etc., which are considered as non-habitable spaces.

Electrical Rough-In: To be made when all wiring, boxes, and panelboards have been installed. All connections are ready for the finished product.

Plumbing Rough-In: All parts of the plumbing system which can be completed prior to the installation of fixtures. This includes drainage, water supply, water tests, vent piping, and the necessary fixture supports.

Mechanical Rough-In: Mechanical rough-in shall be considered complete when all boots, gas piping, mechanical ventilation and concealed ducts have been installed and approved.

Framing Inspection: To be made after all rough-in inspections have been approved, and all roof, wall, ceiling, and floor framing is complete with appropriate blocking, bracing and fire stopping in place. The following items should be in place and visible for inspection:

  1. pipes;
  2. chimneys and vents;
  3. flashing for roofs, chimneys and wall openings;
  4. insulation baffles;
  5. all lintels required to be bolted to the framing for support shall not be covered by any exterior or interior wall or ceiling finish material before approval. Work may continue without approval for lintels which are bolted and supported on masonry or concrete.

Insulation Inspection: To be made after an approved building framing inspection, with all insulation and vapor barriers in place but before any wall or ceiling covering is applied.

Electrical Final: To be requested by the electrical contractor when the wiring system is complete and ready to be energized.

Plumbing Final: All distribution pipes, fixtures, traps, waste and vent pipes, building drains and building sewers including their respective connections and devices are complete. To be requested by the plumbing contractor.

Mechanical Final: To be made when the mechanical system is complete and all manufacturers instructions have been followed. Mechanical contractor to request inspection and supply all required manufacturers installation instructions.

Final Building Inspection: All landscaping and drainage requirements have been met and the building or structure is completed, ready for occupancy.

Other Inspections: In addition to the called inspections above, the inspection department may make or request any other inspections to ascertain compliance with this Code and other laws enforced by the Inspection Department. (G.S. 153A-360, 160A-420)

Note: The building placard is to be posted in a conspicuous location to identify project location and to record inspection results. The building placard shall be protected from outside elements and remain posted until project completion. All inspection requests shallbe scheduled for next day service. No persons may occupy any dwelling until a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued.