Inspection Appeal Process

Inspection appeals take place when the contractor and the first line field inspector disagree on field conditions and or code enforcement decisions. Recognizing that these situations will occur, Wake County Permits and Inspections offers an appeal process.

First Appeal Process

All appeals shall be directed to the appropriate discipline chief – i.e., Chief Building, Electrical, Mechanical or Plumbing Inspector. You can find these contacts below under Wake County Permits & Inspections Appeals Contacts. The discipline chief will use any resource they deem necessary to adequately render an interpretation solution. The discipline chief will then decide if re-inspection fees are to be adjusted.

Wake County Permits & Inspections Appeals Contacts

Chief Building Inspector ​Tim Gull  tgull@wakegov.com ​919-524-4633
Chief Electrical Inspector ​ ​Aden Branch  steven.branch@wakegov.com ​919-524-4597
Chief Mechanical Inspector ​ ​Ed Savage  ed.savage@wakegov.com ​919-524-4639
Chief Plumbing Inspector ​ ​Ed Savage  ed.savage@wakegov.com ​919-524-4639

Appeals Beyond The Discipline Chief

1. Appeals beyond the discipline chief may be directed to the Wake County Permits & Inspections Field Inspection Supervisor.

Field Inspection Supervisor ​Ken Keplar kenkeplar@wakegov.com ​919-524-4665

The Wake County Permits & Inspections Field Inspection Supervisor will assemble an Inspection Appeals Committee. The committee shall comprise three code officials possessing Standard Level III certificates in the appropriate field. Neither the discipline chief nor the original inspector may serve on the committee.

The customer must complete and submit an Inspection Appeal Form within 10 working days from the time of the inspection.

The Inspection Appeal form is available in

PDF Document form or

Word Document form

Upon hearing the arguments, the committee shall vote and the majority vote will become the official position of Wake County Permits & Inspections. A written response will be added to the “Inspection Appeal” form and forwarded to the contractor.

2. Appeals beyond the Inspection Appeals Committee may be directed to the Engineering Section of the North Carolina Department of Insurance (DOI). This appeal must be made within 10 days after Wake County Permits & Inspections' official decision.

3. Appeals beyond the Engineering Section of the Department of Insurance may be directed to the Hearing Committee of the North Carolina Building Code Council (BCC). This appeal must be received within 30 days of the official North Carolina Department of Insurance (DOI) decision.

4. Appeals beyond the Hearing Committee of the North Carolina Building Code Council may be made to the Full North Carolina Building Code Council. This appeal must be filed within 30 days of the decision of the Hearing Committee of NC BCC.

5. Appeals beyond the North Carolina Building Code Council may be directed to Wake County Superior Court.