July 2, 2007
Beginning this summer, Mecklenburg County
Code Enforcement will begin rewarding builders and contractors who pass their building inspections on the first request. It's the Pass Rate Incentive Program, intended to encourage builders to "get it right the first time."
Whether you're a homeowner building an addition or a developer putting up a skyscraper, the routine is similar. Draw plans, get a building permit, break ground, and call for a building inspector to ensure compliance with the North Carolina building code.
But about 25 percent of those building inspections FLUNK the first time around. That translates into almost 100,000 inspections every year that fail - 100,000 inspections that County inspectors are forced to repeat. Re-inspections take additional time. In the construction world, time equals money.
Beginning July 10, customers who fail 50 percent or more of their inspections during the previous quarter will be allowed inspections only after a two-day delay. The two-day delay on all inspections will allow those specific customers more time to prepare a code-compliant project. After six months, the threshold drops - customers who fail 40-percent or more of their inspections during the previous quarter will be subject to the two-day delay. Customers who pass more than 50 percent of their inspections will continue to receive next-day service (more than 60 percent after six months).
If the first inspection after the two-day delay fails, customers requesting a re-inspection must choose one of the following options:
1. The company license holder will be allowed to certify that a job is ready for inspection.
2. The job must be certified by a seal holder (Architect/Engineer) or by a North Carolina Code Enforcement Official not employed by Mecklenburg County prior to inspection.
3. The company can utilize Mecklenburg County's Inspection by Appointment (IBA) Program with a minimum two-hour block at a cost of $230 each (two day delay required).
4. Utilize the Department Inspector, if available, at a cost of $90 after a minimum five day required delay.
If additional failures occur, there will again be a mandatory two-day delay and option No. 1 will not be available. Customers with standalone permits and high failure rates will be subject to additional fees: triple charges for permit fees under $500 and double-charges for permit fees of $501 or greater.
LEARN MORE: Customers with questions or who wish to receive important updates about the Pass Rate Incentive Program can call 704-336-3830 or email