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Hours & Staff >
Our office hours are:
Monday through Friday:
7 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Inspectors are available from
7 - 9 a.m.

Contact Number >
(828) 649-3766

Office Location >
Our office is located at 5707 US 25/70 across from Madison High School in Marshall, North Carolina.

Sylvia Shelton, Admin. Assistant
Tony Williams, Zoning Administrator
Danny Allen, Code Enforcement Officer
Sara Nichols, Community Development Planner

When calling about an Inspection please have your permit number and owner's name readily available.

Permits & Inspections

The Madison County Inspection Department is in place to provide code enforcement for the safety and well-being of the people in Madison County.

This agency enforces the North Carolina Building Code which was adopted by the North Carolina Building Code Council.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is a Permit Required?
A permit is required for all new building construction, alteration, or renovation. General repairs are excluding unless you are adding, changing, or altering what already exists. For a single dwelling only one permit is issued and it will cover all trades. For anything else separate permits are issued for each trade (building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical). A permit is not required if the work cost less than five thousand dollars unless you are adding, changing or altering the existing systems or any load bearing structure.

What do I need to obtain a permit?
Please click here to see flow charts for the permitting process.

When does a permit expire?
Once you obtain a permit you will have 6 months (180 days) to commence work and have an inspection done. Once your first inspection is done you will have up to 1 year (365 days) to obtain your next inspection.

What Code do you follow?
We follow the North Carolina Building Code.
Free NC Building Codes online

Where can I purchase a copy of the codes?
You can order the code books online by clicking here.

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