After Hurricane Florence: Inspection Updates for New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick County

Construction Notes

This information was provided by Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association, a non-profit organization. They have been a great resource after Hurricane Florence. If you have ties to real estate and are not a member, consider joining. Their efforts help to promote quality, affordable housing and commercial development.

Hurricane Florence Update – Bulletin #7


Here is a general Inspection Department update as of this morning – 9/22/18

NCDOI Post Hurricane Florence Inspection Guidance

NCDOI Releases key clarification information to Inspections Departments on damage assessment & damage evaluations. This clarification is key as it specifically states the process that must take place to render a property habitable or not.

Click Here to Read NCDOI Memo
Very Important if you are repairing a structure that has significant damage or has been flooded.

New Hanover County Inspections: – UPDATE Carolina Beach & Kure Beach 9/22/18

The New Hanover County Building Safety Department will open a satellite office in Carolina Beach on Monday, September 24, 2018 to provide permitting and inspection services for storm related issues including electrical, mechanical/HVAC and plumbing. Permit fees will be waived for all storm related damages. This satellite office is available to serve Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and southern parts of the county.

The Building Safety satellite office will be open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until further notice at the Town Hall of Carolina Beach, 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach. For questions regarding permits and inspections contact the Building Safety Department at 910-798-7308 or visit

New Hanover County will resume all county permitting and inspections business operations on Monday, September 24.

Beginning Wednesday, September 19, emergency repair permits will be issued by the county. Emergency permit applications, which can be viewed here, should be emailed to the Building Safety Department or obtained at the NHC Government Center’s Development Services Center between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Emergency residential building repairs on a single family residence do not require a permit if the cost is $15,000 or less. However, a permit for electrical, mechanical and/or plumbing work will be required, per the North Carolina Building Code. These trade permits will be given by the county at no cost for emergency damage repairs through November 30.

The county landfill is open with normal operating hours. The HazWagon will not be operational until Monday, September 24.

Town of Leland Inspections Update: – NEW INFORMATION

Leland, NC –The Town of Leland Planning and Building Inspections Department will open for business between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. beginning Monday, September 24. Contractors may use the standard Electrical, Residential and Commercial Permit Application forms for emergency repairs and power reconnections. Contractors should indicate “emergency” on the application for storm-related repairs. Fees will be waived for emergency repair permits and power reconnection permits until October 18, 2018, at which point Town Council will evaluate the waiver of fees. Priority will be given to all permit applications and inspections pertaining to emergency repairs. Questions may be directed to the normal building inspections phone number (910) 371-3754 or e-mailed to [email protected] business resumes.

Please note, all other Town offices will remain closed to the public until Thursday, September 27.

Town of Wrightsville Beach Inspections Update:

The Town is still continuing to assess damage to structures. Residents can do temporary non-structural repairs to their premises to keep them secure for the elements. On Thursday, September 20th and Friday, September 21st, the Planning Department will be open to accept building and plumbing permit applications between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. The Planning Department will also be open on Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to assist in the recovery process. All mechanical and electrical permits must be submitted to New Hanover County. CAMA permits will be issued either locally or by the Division of Coastal Management.

Brunswick County Inspections Update:

Building Inspection Scheduling Information — UPDATED 9/20/18

Due to the storm we are no longer scheduling inspections five days out. Inspections are to be scheduled online except for next day inspections for footings, open trench and building slab before concrete that still have to be scheduled by phone. Please be advised to not schedule an inspection unless it is READY. This will be the standing policy going forward.

North Carolina Administrative Code and Policies: “107.2 Inspection Requests. It shall be the duty of the permit holder’s duty or their agent to notify the code enforcement official when work is ready for inspection and to provide access to and means for inspection of the work for any inspections that are required by this code.”

Online Building Inspection Scheduling

Non-storm related building inspections can now be scheduled online only. If you need to schedule a non-storm related inspection you can do so at the following link:

Storm related inspections are still being scheduled by phone at 910-253-2050.

Brunswick County Opens Satellite Office

The Brunswick County Inspections Department will be opening up a satellite office on 9/21/18 at the Town Creek Park. It will be open daily from 8:00 am till 3:00 pm

Building Inspections & Septic/Well work:

To aid in Brunswick County’s recovery from Hurricane Florence, Brunswick County will waive building inspection and some environmental health fees, including septic and well permitting fees and well sampling fees, for storm damage related to Hurricane Florence. Fees will be waived until Oct. 1, at which point the timeline of continuing waivers will be evaluated.

Brunswick County Critical Information — Click Here

Pender County Inspections:

In response to the recent devastating effects of Hurricane Florence, Pender County will accept emergency storm-related work as long as the work is being done by a licensed contractor or electrician. Once the work is completed by the licensed contractor or electrician, the power provider will release power to the structure. We are asking that the work performed be called in through the normal inspection request phone number (910) 259-1524 “requestors will be able to provide their scope of work, property address, and licensing information to immediately begin the permitting process.” Pender County will issue an after-the-fact permit and perform the inspection as soon as we are able. “We are asking the public to be patient as we work through this process as assuring building safety is our top priority. Recovery is our top priority and all other non-emergency storm related requests will be postponed until further notice.

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