Welcome to the Rutherford County Building Inspections Department!

141 West Third Street

Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Located directly behind the courthouse


(828) 287-6035

Fax: (828) 287-6338

8 am - 4:30 pm--Monday through Friday

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The Building Inspections Department is moving!!


Our office will close at 12 PM on Friday, March 2nd.  You will still be able to email permits/inspections to


and leave a voice message for your inspections.  We will open for normal operation in our new office at 270 N Toms St, Rutherfordton, at 8 AM on Monday, March 5th.



            Joey   Clint   Ronnie  Ruth   Lee   Shane   Caleb   


Shane Dotson, Director          


Clint Houser, Senior Inspector       



Caleb Wilson, Building Inspector   

Caleb's normal inspection route includes the areas of Lake Lure-Chimney Rock-Green Hill.


Joey Turrubiarte, Fire Inspector     


Ronnie Martin, Building Inspector      

Ronnie's normal inspection route includes the areas of Forest City-Danieltown-Shiloh-          Rutherfordton-Spindale.

Lee Pace, Building Inspector     

Lee's normal inspection route includes the areas of Bostic-Ellenboro-Gilkey-Golden Valley-Sunshine.

    Ruth Sams, Administrative Assistant     


Once you have an assigned building inspector, it is best to talk with him as he will know you, your site, and your project, and can best answer your questions or concerns. Until that time and for general inquiries, inspection/permit requests, or for correspondences related to your permit such as duct testing, penetrometer testing, termite verifications, permit applications, engineering designs, etc., please e-mail us at permits@rutherfordcountync.gov.  Please be sure to reference your permit number if you have one assigned.


Whether you are about to begin building a new home, setting up a mobile home, changing your electrical/plumbing/heating system, or even putting in a pool or making changes or additions to your home, the Building Inspector will assist you in the process. 


All commercial building plans MUST be reviewed--before permitting--by a fire inspector, as well as a building inspector.