Building Code Enforcement

Welcome to the Union County Building Code Enforcement. Our division was established in 1969 under the direction of the Union County Commissioners. On January 1, 1970 the division was officially opened to serve the public.

Our purpose is to provide for the health, general welfare, and public safety of you and your family/employees through the enforcement of the North Carolina State Building Code and the Union County Land Use Ordinance.

Our current staff consist of the director, one building supervisor, one building permit supervisor, three permit clerks, five building inspectors, four electrical inspectors, one commercial building inspector and one zoning enforcement officer

  • Our online Building permit system is now ready!  This would be for any building permit, pool permit, mobile home, etc.  Please click on applications and use this ink to begin:
  • We are pleased to announce that our new Online Permitting System is now available for your use.  At this time only trade permits (Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical) may be issued online.  We are anticipating the building permit portion to be completed by early Spring.  This is another step in our attempt to improve customer service.  Please use this link and click on applications to begin:

  •  News Release


    Commissioners Set Permit Fees for Solar Farms

    August 20, 2013, Monroe, NC


     The Union County Board of Commissioners on Monday adopted a permit fee schedule for solar farms and any similar facilities that generate solar power, excluding those for individual residential use.

    An application was recently submitted to Union County Building Code Enforcement for a permit to construct a 6 megawatt solar farm estimated to cost $9,000,000. Before Monday Union County didn’t have a permit fee for solar farms or any facility generating solar power. Solar farms are relatively new, and Catawba was the only county in the state found to have fees in place for solar farms.

    Standard permit fees are based on the size of the structure rather than construction costs. Permit fees for solar farms were established according to the number of megawatts produced. Considering the amount of man hours associated with inspecting a solar farm, the permit fee is $1000 per megawatt for solar farms up to 5 MW, $850 per megawatt for farms from 5 to 10 MW, and $775 per megawatt for farms over 10 MW.


    Because solar farms are so new, it is difficult to predict the number of trips inspectors will need to make to solar farms. Current information indicates there would be at least two inspections per solar array. A solar array is a group of solar panels that capture and transform sunlight into some other form of energy.

  • On June 17 2013, the Union County Board of Commissioners approved the FY14 Budget.  Adjustments were made to current fee schedules in order to bring development and permitting fees more in line with market rates. These adjusted rates will take effect August 1 2013.

    Fee schedule
  • In accordance with the NC General Assembly Session Law 2012-158, Effective for construction projects beginning on or after April 1, 2013, North Carolina law requires appointment of a lien agent.  Contractors and subcontractors can then give notice they are working on the project. 

        A lien agent is NOT required for the following:

  1. When the building permit total project costs is less than $30,000.
  2. If no building permit is required and the contract costs are less than $30,000.
  3. Any construction, reconstruction, alteration or repair of any public building.
  4. Accessory buildings such as detached garages or utility buildings.
  5. Accessory structures such as swimming pools, decks, gazebos, etc.
  6. Any improvements made to an EXISTING single family dwelling used as a primary residence by the owner.  Examples would be:
    • Room addition
    • Attached garage
    • Renovations such as finishing an attic or basement

Any permit issued with total project costs exceeding $30,000 will require the Worker's Compensation Form to be completed.


 You can read more information here:

        click here to download forms

  • N.C. General Statute153A-357 requires a permit to be obtained before work may commence on most construction projects. Therefore, effective January 1, 2013, a double  fee will be accessed to any permit issued after work has started.. This will also apply to any permit application received for processing which is marked “ready for inspection”.  If you have any questions concerning this or any other permitting issues, please let us know.

  • We are pleased to announce that the Inspections Department now accepts debit and credit card payments (Visa and Mastercard).  This method of payment may be utilized in the office or over the phone (does not include reinspection fees).

  • In order to remain as efficient as possible and to be consistent with other Union County Departments, the Inspection Department office hours will change to 8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday, effective October 1, 2012.

  • The 2011 National Electrical Code has been adopted by North Carolina effective July 3, 2012. Any permit issued after that date must comply with this latest edition of the NEC.

  • The Inspections Department is now offering an online service.  It may be used to request inspections or view the status of any active permits.  This service is available to the public to view general information but only authorized contractors may register.   However, registration is not required to view records accessible by the public.  If you are a contractor and would like to register, please click on the link below to start the registration process.

    Building Permit Search
    Contractor Inspection Services
  • Effective March 1st. 2012

    The N.C. Legislature has mandated that the new 2012 N.C. Residential Code and the 2012 N.C. Energy Code will be effective. The new energy code has been printed and is available from the ICC at

  • In 2011 the N.C. Legislature made some changes to the General Statutes concerning the ability of property owners to act as the general contractor for construction projects valued at $30,000.00 or more. These changes now require an affidavit from the owner to be filled out and presented before a permit can be issued. To act as a general contractor the person managing or supervising the work must be either duly licensed, the property owner planning to occupy the structure for a period not less than one (1) year and the owner must be present for all inspections during construction. In addition this affidavit will be filed with the N.C. General Contractor’s Licensing Board.

    For your convenience a blank Affidavit can be found here.

  • Recent changes to the NC General Statutes concerning the installation of Carbon Monoxide detectors.
  • Environmental Health New Lead Information Effective January 1, 2010.
Also under the umbrella of the Inspection Department is the Board of Adjustment. The powers and duties of the Board of Adjustment are: appeals from any order, decision, requirement, or interpretation made by the administrator, applications for special use permits, applications for variances, and any other matter the board is required to act upon by the county ordinance.

View Board of Adjustment Agendas and Minutes

There is one commercial inspector who is responsible for inspecting the building, plumbing and mechanical work on commercial jobs. He is responsible for review of plans prior to the issuance of a permit. He also inspects day cares, change of occupancy's, etc.
There are five electrical inspectors who are responsible for the inspection of electrical work in both residential and commercial construction as well as electrical plan review for commercial projects. These inspectors perform a variety of inspections on new residential, additions to residential structures, accessory building, mobile homes, commercial building, etc. Examples of the inspections performed are saw service, rough electrical inspection, final electrical inspections, electrical inspections of mobile homes, etc. These inspectors also are responsible for all yearly routine school inpsections and inspections on mechanical change outs ( heat pump, gas pack, etc).
There are four residential inspectors who are responsible for inspecting the building, plumbing and mechanical work. These inspectors perform a variety of inspections on new residential, additions to residential structures, accessory buildings, mobile homes, etc. Examples of the inspections performed are: footings, rough plumbing in slab, slab, foundation/floor system, concealed insulation, framing, rough plumbing, rough mechanical, insulation, shower pan, final building, final plumbing, final mechanical, various mobile home inspections, etc.

Our Zoning Administrator is responsible for the enforcement of the Union County Land Use Ordinance. Major items in his job are the use of property, setbacks from property lines, violations of the ordinance, floodplain, etc. He also is part of the commercial plan review of buildings being constructed within the County's jurisdiction.

Our zoning jurisdiction does not include the Town of Fairview, Town of Indian Trail, Village of Lake Park, Town of Marshville, Village of Marvin, Town of Mineral Springs, City of Monroe, Stallings, Town of Unionville, Town of Waxhaw, Town of Weddington, Village of Wesley Chapel and Town of Wingate.


Effective August 1, 2013 the Building Code Enforcement Division implemented a One Stop Permitting procedure for building projects.  All construction plans and fees are to be collected at the Building Code Enforcement office as opposed to multiple locations. This is an attempt to improve customer service by eliminating submittals to multiple departments. The following will included in this new program.

  • Building Code Enforcement
  • Fire Marshal
  • Planning
  • Public Works - Engineering
  • Public Works - Stormwater

If you have any questions about plan or fee submittal please contact Building Code Enforcement at 704-283-3816.  Please note: Additional plan review fees (if applicable) must be collected at time of submittal.  Please refer to the fee schedule below.


One Stop Permitting Fee Schedule

Additional Resources

Commercial Development Submittal Checklist

Copy of Appendix B

Union County Commercial Plan Submittal Requirements

Union County Modular Classroom Submittal Requirements

Union County Sign Permit Submittal Requirements




Hours of Operation
Hours of Operation

Our office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Inspector's field hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Call 704-283-3816 to schedule inspections between the hours of 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or you can register with our online service (located under the Resources tab below) to schedule inspections until 7:00 p.m.

Residential code questions should be directed to Tom Helms at 704-283-3549 for Building, Mechanical and Plumbing and Mark Griffin at 704-283-3643 for Electrical.  Commercial Building, Mechanical and Plumbing code questions should be directed to Terry Griffin at 704-283-3594.

Brian Matthews, Executive Director
500 N. Main Street, Suite 70
Monroe, NC 28112
Phone: 704-283-3816
Fax: 704-292-2582


Mark Griffin, Division Director
500 N. Main Street, Suite 47
Monroe, NC 28112
Phone: 704-283-3816
Fax: 704-292-2513

Residential Building Code Enforcement Supervisor:

Tom Helms


Residential Building, Mechanical and Plumbing:

 Allen Dennis

Jesse Langston

Darren Rape

Rick Wilkerson



Bob Bowen

Marshal Godwin

Dave Matthews

Lou Villanella

Rick Watkins



Terry Griffin



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