Mission Statement

Inspections Department Mission Statement

The Franklin County Inspections Department strives to achieve excellence in all facets of building inspection through providing timely, efficient and thorough building inspections. We are committed to providing quality services to all citizens through innovation, continuous improvement, determination and excellence in customer service. We believe that through education and cooperation, we can and will build positive working relationships within the building community, consumers and citizens alike.

Our primary mission is to safeguard the public, promote the health, safety and welfare of Franklin County through enforcement of the North Carolina Building Code. We believe in equitable treatment for all individuals regardless of circumstances and strive to enforce all building codes in a fair and considerate manner.



A building permit allows the County's Inspectors to enforce the building code. The purpose of the building code and inspections is to provide for the health, safety, and general welfare of the public. In the past, without any codes or enforcement, the general public was at the mercy of unscrupulous persons looking for a quick profit at the expense of others. Sometimes, this resulted in health problems or worse structural failure, and death.

How do I get a building permit?

All permits may be obtained through the Online Permit Portal.

The Franklin County Planning & Inspections Department uses Viewpoint online permitting system.  All permits and inspection requests should be made through the online permit portal.

Click here for building and zoning fees.

How do I REQUEST an inspection?

When requesting inspections please use the online permit portal. While we try to give next-day service, there are times when the volume of inspections forces us to schedule further in advance. You will receive an email notification once the inspection request is scheduled. 

**Scheduled inspections NOT CANCELLED by 12:00 P.M. the day prior to inspection may incur a re-inspection charge of $55.00. 

What time will the Inspector be at the location for an inspection?

We DO NOT provide exact times for the inspection.  All projects must be 100% ready on the day of scheduled inspection by 8 am.  Our Inspectors work hard to complete every inspection each day. Sometimes it is difficult for them to set a time due to unforeseen problems that often occur in the field. We ask that the inspection be completed between 8:30 AM and 4 PM on the day of the inspection. 

How do I know if my inspection passed?

Once the inspection is complete, the results will appear on your account.  Please click here to access your account.  

What is the difference between an on-frame modular and an off-frame modular?

An on-frame modular is brought to the site on steel frames and the axles are removed. The steel frames are used to support the structure.

An off-frame modular is brought to the site and set in place by a crane. The steel chassis is not used for the support of the structure.

What forms of payment does your office accept for zoning or building permits?

Currently, we accept cash, check, money order, debit, and credit cards.  (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) 
Please Note: Surcharges will apply for use of Debit and Credit Cards as follows: 
 *2.99% + .99

May we apply by fax, mail, or online for a zoning or building permit?

All permits can be obtained through the online permit portal or in the office.

Where are you located and what are your office hours?

We are located at 215 E. Nash St., Louisburg and our office hours are Monday thru Friday 8 AM to 5 PM. 

What hours can we apply for or purchase a zoning or building permits?

Applications are may be submitted at any time through the online permit portal.  Please allow 1 - 2 business days for your permit to process.

May we pay re-inspection fees to the Inspector or leave the fees in the permit box for the Inspector to pick up?

No.   All re-inspection fees must be paid at the Inspections Department or through the online permit portal. You may bring or mail the fee to the Inspections Department. All re-inspection fees must be paid in full before power or a Certificate of Occupancy is released.

What do I have to have ready in order to get conditional power on a residential dwelling?

The following trades must be at 100% in order to receive conditional power: electrical, mechanical, gas test, and insulation. Also, the fee must be paid and the conditional power application applied for in our office. This does not apply to manufactured homes.

Do the Inspectors have cell phones? If so, can we call them in the field?

Yes, please click here to access the inspector's contact information.

Can I call during the day and find out if my inspection passed for that day?

Please use the online permit portal to access your inspection results. 

How many inspections do I need to have for my house?

As many as needed, but the minimum is typically five (5) inspections. They are footings, foundation, open floor (as a courtesy), rough-in (which includes: electric, mechanical, plumbing, gas system, and framing), insulation and final.

I want to finish my bonus room, do I need a permit?


Do you do single trade inspections?

No. In an effort to save time and money, we will do all trades at once on the rough-in stage. We will do a single trade if the situation calls for it but that will be at the judgment of the Inspector.

Inspections Fees

NOTE: Franklin County Planning & Inspections does not have zoning or building applications available online.


Fees to cover building, electrical, mechanical & plumbing inspections.

Zoning fees are collected separately from building permit fees, and require separate payment.

New SFD's & Modulars

Up to 1,200 sq. ft. $520.00
1,201 - 2,000 sq. ft. $640.00
Over 2,000 sq. ft.

36¢ per sq. ft.

Moving SFD


Additions & Renovations

Up to 600 sq. ft. $265.00
601 - 900 sq. ft. $330.00
901 - 1,200 sq. ft. $495.00
1,201 sq. ft. & over $525.00

Multi-Family SFD's

For each unit $525.00
(Anytime a General Contractor is used, a $10.00 Homeowner recovery fee must be added to the permit.)

Mobile Homes

Singlewide $290.00
Doublewide $405.00
Triplewide $465.00

Residential Accessory Buildings

storage bldg, garage, etc

144 sq ft- 400 sq ft $65.00 +.15/sq ft
401 sq ft and over $65.00 +.30/sq ft


Fees to cover building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, & energy inspections. The fees are based on cost of construction per trade (new construction, additions, or total project).

Cost of Construction Formula
0-700 $ 80.00
701-1,500 Cost -700 X 0.044 + 80.00
1,501-2,500 Cost -1500 X 0.0165 +115.00
2,501-25,500 Cost -2500 X 0.0165 +160.00
25,501-50,000 Cost -25500 X 0.0165 + 555.00
50,001-100,000 Cost -50000 X 0.011 + 980.00
100,001-200,000 Cost -100000 X 0.0055 + 1560.00
200,001-350,000 Cost -200000 X 0.0055 + 2135.00
350,001-500,000 Cost -350000 X 0.0055 + 3000.00
500,001-750,000 Cost -500000 X 0.0055 + 3870.00
750,001-1,000,000 Cost -750000 X 0.0055 + 5310.00
Over-1,000,000 Cost -1000000 X 0.0055 + 6755.00

Other Inspection Fees

  Residential  Commercial
Change of electric service (includes new service for      tobacco barns, bulk barns, etc) electrical wiring & signs $65.00 $80.00
Installation of mechanical systems (heat, a/c, refridgeration systems, boilers, etc) $65.00 $80.00
Installation of plumbing $65.00 $80.00
Structural changes, signs, decks, porches, etc. $65.00 $80.00
Demolition $65.00 $80.00
Swimming Pool $100.00 $100.00
Tents                   $100.00
Blasting                   $100.00
Fireworks                   $100.00
Storage Tank install                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 $105.00/tank+ $100.00 per trade
Photovoltaic Installation                                                                                                         $65.00                   **See below
Wind generation systems                                                                                                          $65.00                   **See below


**8 & 9 Comercial fees

$685.00 for first 200 kilowatts plus $160.oo for each additional 100 kilowatts.


Re-inspection Fees

First Inspection   Free
Second $55.00
Third $85.00
Fourth & Over $150.00

Plan Review Fees

Residential Accessory Plan Review  $30.00
Residential Plan Review  $55.00
Commercial Plan Review       $105.00 per trade

Commercial Plan Consultation

(Time Limit no to exceed one (1) hour)

$50.00 per trade

Signs, Utility Services, Towers, Storage Tanks


Conditional Power Fee

Commerical and Residential* $80.00

*Note:  Fees must be paid before inspection can be scheduled.


Fire Inspection Fees

Inspection fees based on gross square footage of new building.

Up to 5000 sq. ft.  $80.00
5000 to 10000 sq. ft. $160.00
over 10000 sq.ft. $185.00


Change of Tenant



Miscellaneous Fire Inspections
 *Fireworks, Blasting, Tents, Tank removal $80.00

Operational Permit Fees

Daycare $125.00
Public Schools $440.00
Private Schools $265.00
ABC $115.00
Foster Care


Rest Homes




Original permit fee x 2 + zoning + plan review fee = cost for building without a permit.


The information contained on this page was valid at the time of publication. Franklin County reserves the right to make changes and improvements at any time and without notice, and assumes no legal responsibility for damages incurred directly or indirectly as a result of errors, omissions, or discrepancies on this website.

Contacts (by TBA area)

Inspections Supervisor

Tommy Harris 
(919) 496-2281 Ext. 1311; Cell: 919-495-3361

  • Inspections Management and Oversight
  • Performs Inspections in all Trades
  • Answers Building Code Questions

Administrative Support Specialist I

Kailey Wilson
(919) 496-2281 Ext. 1300 

  • Schedules Inspections
  • Issues Building Permits
  • Approval of Power

Administrative Support Specialist I

Amanda Layton
(919) 496-2281 Ext. 1301 

  • Schedules Inspections
  • Issues Building Permits
  • Approval of Power

Code Enforcement Officer

Jason Wood
(919) 496-2281 Ext. 1309; Cell: 919-495-2542

  • Performs Inspections in all Trades
  • Answers Building Code Questions

Code Enforcement Officer

Chad Evans
(919) 496-2281 Ext. 1317; Cell: 919-340-3434

  • Performs Inspections in all Trades
  • Answers Building Code Questions

Code Enforcement Officer

Mark Cannady
(919) 496-2281 Ext. 1310; Cell: 919-495-2718

  • Performs Inspections in all Trades
  • Answers Building Code Questions

Code Enforcement Officer

Josh Cooper
(919-496-2281 Ext. 1313; Cell: 919-727-0041

  • Performs Inspections in all Trades
  • Answers Building Code Questions

Code Enforcement Officer

Brad Gilliam
(919) 496-2281 Ext. 1307; Cell: 919-495-0804 

  • Performs Inspections in all Trades
  • Answers Building Code Questions

Code Enforcement Officer

Gary Murray
(919) 496-2281 Ext. 1306; Cell: 919-495-1708 

  • Performs Inspections in all Trades
  • Answers Building Code Questions 

Code Enforcement Officer

Ryan Raynor
(919) 496-2909 Ext. 1316; Cell: 919-727-0046

  • Performs Inspections in all Trades
  • Answers Building Code Questions

Code Enforcement Officer

Tim Harris
(919-496-2281 Ext. 1318; Cell: 919-495-7969

  • Performs Inspections in all Trades
  • Answers Building Code Questions

Code Enforcement Officer

Will Garrett

(919-496-2281 Ext. 1319; Cell: 919-495-5492

  • Performs Inspections in all Trades
  • Answers Building Code Questions

Code Enforcement Officer

Perry Faulkner
(919) 496-2281 Ext. 1312 

  • Commercial & Residential Plan Review
  • Fire Plan Review
  • Answers Building Code Questions

Inspection Results

You are now able to view permit status and inspection results online.

Click here for permits obtained up until April 13, 2019.

Click here for permits obtained April 14, 2019 and forward.