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Inspections Procedure
All customers are encouraged to register with our new Customer Access Portal (CAP) to schedule inspections, apply for permits(coming soon) and update business licenses. For more information click here.

IMPORTANT When scheduling through CAP

All sub-trade inspections - electrical, mechanical, plumbing and fuel-gas - are scheduled under the project's building permit.  Please go into the building permit to find and schedule sub-trade inspections.

All stand-alone trade permit inspections - electrical, mechanical, plumbing and fuel-gas - are scheduled within the trade permit.


How to Request an Inspection

Customer Access Portal (CAP)

- Troubleshooting Guide for Scheduling Inspections Through CAP

Email (

    Incl
ude the following information in your email request: 

    • Project address
    • Permit number
    • Contractor name and phone number (who is on site)
    • Type of inspection               
    • Requested inspection date 

               
ALERT: Inspections can only be scheduled through BuildingDepartment.com for permits issued before August 14, 2017.  

The City of Charleston will schedule inspections as they are received throughout the day.

    •  Requests made before noon (12:00 pm) will be scheduled one (1) business day out. 

            Example: Request taken at 11:00 am on Monday - Inspection scheduled for Tuesday. 

    •  Requests received after noon (12:00 pm) will be scheduled two (2) business days out.

            Example: Request taken at 3:00 pm on Monday - Inspection scheduled for Wednesday. 

Please note all inspections are performed Monday through Friday, City holidays should be noted.  

Inspection Status

Required Inspections



For Assistance with Inspections

  •  Email (
  •  (843)724-7441 (Please note, inspection requests will not be accepted via phone call and/or voicemail)

Contact Your Inspector -
Preferred method is texting

Field Inspection Supervisor  Gary Pope, CBO  843.729.1721  
Inspector, Combination  George Meadowcraft  843.494.8949  
Inspector, Combination  Marion Heyward  843.834.9184  
Inspector, Combination  Rex Ford  843.412.7541  
Inspector, Combination  Randy Milligan  843.834.3925  
Inspector, Combination  Danny Johnson  843.834.9185  
Inspector, Combination  David Vaughan  843.709.8867  
Inspector, Combination  Arthur James  843.834.3927  
Inspector, Combination  Charles Merrick  843.371.2780  
Inspector, Combination  Peter Kohn  843.270.0043  
Inspector, Combination  Justin Washington  843.518.2883  
Inspector, Combination  Maurice Brown  843.670.9160  


Requirements Before Inspections Can Occur
  • The address and permit placard must be posted and visible from the road or street and the placard accessible to the inspector.
  • Plans stamped as “Field Copy” and any updates from the Building Inspections Office are to be onsite for all inspections. The plans shall remain on the job site throughout the remainder of the job. 
  • Toilet facilities (within 300 feet of the job site) shall be available. 
  • Silt fencing for erosion control must be in place prior to clearing or grading. 
  • Gravel entry or paved access to site.