Building Standards

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. The 2017 NC Electrical Code is used for 1 and 2  family homes and townhouses, and the 2020 NC Electrical Code for commercial. 

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:

Link to DOI NC State Building Codes

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

Other Important Links:

Fire District Map

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

Building Safety Month is an international campaign celebrated in May to raise awareness about building safety.

(click on poster below to find out more about the 2024 Building Safety Month Campaign)