Building Standards

Effective immediately and continuing until further notice, City of Monroe Building Standards will use the following interim policy to protect customers, staff and the community from the spread of COVID-19. The measures outlined below are designed for use during the COVID-19 emergency only; they will not be permanent.


This policy may continue to be updated as the situation changes. Building Standards is dedicated to serving its partners within the building industry even under these extraordinary circumstances. The work of the building industry is critical to our community, and we are steadfast in our commitment to supporting that work through permitting, plan review and inspections.


Our number one priority is the safety of our customers and staff during this time.  To that end, the following modifications are being made to field inspections policies, processes and workflows:

  • While in-person inspections are being performed in occupied spaces, particularly in areas where it may be difficult to maintain 6 feet of social distancing, our

  • team may request the area be cleared of occupants and construction personnel while the code official conducts the inspection. This will provide a safe environment for inspectors and customers with the proper separation as recommended by public health authorities.

  • Staff performing residential inspections within existing homes, duplexes, townhouses, apartment units, and condo units that are occupied will be performing Live Remote Inspections (LRI) only effective March 26, 2020. LRIs, which are inspections using a “video chat” function on a smartphone or tablet with a contractor who is onsite, reduce exposure and the risk of transmitting COVID-19. If an LRI is not feasible or cannot be completed, an inspection will be re-scheduled for a later date. This protocol may be revised, as needed, as conditions on the ground and in the community evolve and as more information about the COVID 19 spread and risk become available. 

  • We will also provide Live Remote Inspections (LRIs) for certain types of work on other jobsites as an option.  LRIs are only available under certain circumstances, including sufficient reception and ability to clearly see the work. We will endeavor to make this available whenever possible.

The following inspections cannot be performed by LRI:

  1. Wood framing inspections (commercial and residential)

  2. LRIs may be possible for re-inspections at the discretion of the inspector.  

  3. Electrical rough inspections

  4. Final Certificate of Occupancy inspections

  5. Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) inspections

  6. Temporary Power and Utilities 



Our Mission

Our mission is to provide consistent, timely, and courteous service to all our customers. The focus of our service is to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare by ensuring all buildings and structures within the City’s jurisdiction meet the minimum requirements of the NC Building Codes and at the same time to encourage our customers to locate, alter, or renovate their enterprise here in Monroe.

Our Services

We provide free consultation services to anyone seeking to locate their business in Monroe. Our purpose is to visit the proposed site, to evaluate and discuss any code compliance issues, and to assist you in making a decision before you lease or make a purchase.

We strive to provide expert professional answers to your code questions based on over 40 years of inspection experience.

Our attitude is that we want you to locate in Monroe, and we see it as a privilege to serve you.

****Latest Code Updates****

The 2018 Building Code becomes mandatory beginning January 1, 2019.


The City of Monroe uses the following codes: 

2018 North Carolina State Building Codes ie. Building, Residential, Mechanical, Plumbing, Fuel Gas, Fire, Existing Building, Energy Conservation and Administrative Codes, as well as the 2017 NC Electrical Code.


Link to DOI NC State Building Codes

The Rules Review Commission of the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings approved the 2017 State Electrical Code on February 15, 2018 as having an effective date of June 12, 2018. Please check the link below for new information:

2017 State Electrical Code Update


If you would like an inspection department informal internal review of your inspection results, please fill out this form below, and submit to The Permit Center at City Hall.

Informal Internal Inspection Decision Review Form

How Do I Become a Certified NC Building Code Inspector?

2018  Appendix B Form

Important Links


International Code Council

NC Licensing Board for General Contractors

NC Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors 

NC Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, And Fire Sprinkler Contractors

NC Office of the State Fire Marshal

                                                     2019 Building Safety Month