The Alamance County Inspections Department provides building inspections and permitting services for all unincorporated areas of Alamance County as well as the Village of Alamance, and the towns of Elon, Gibsonville, Green Level, Haw River, Swepsonville and Ossipee.

The primary function of the Department is to promote the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Alamance County, through the enforcement of the North Carolina State Building Code and local ordinances.

Activities include: processing applications, performing plan review, collecting fees, and issuing permits for construction activity regulated through N.C. General Statutes; conducting inspections during various phases of construction of buildings and structures, including the installation of electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems to ensure code compliance; issuing certificates of compliance and occupancy and other related activities as mandated per N.C. General Statutes.

Location:Modular Building at
215 North Graham-Hopedale Road
Burlington NC, 27217
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Hours of Operation:Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Except Holidays)
Permits Issued:8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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The following is a code change that goes into effect March 1.

2012 NC Plumbing Code, Section 306.2.4 amended as follows:

306.2.4 Tracer wire. For plastic sewer piping, an insulated copper tracer wire or other approved conductor shall be installed adjacent to and over the full length of the piping. Access shall be provided to the tracer wire or the tracer wire shall terminate at the cleanout between the building drain and building sewer. The tracer wire size shall be not less than 14 AWG and the insulation type shall be listed for direct burial.

Building Code Council
Effective March 1, 2017

The life safety aspect happens because when the gas company drills through an unmarked plastic sewer line, the drain may work for a while, but then when it stops up, a plumber is called to clean it out.  When they rod out or use root-cutting methods on the line, they can penetrate the gas line and now you have gas with a direct path into the structure.

Questions concerning this topic can be directed to the NCDOI Chief Plumbing code consultant, Bill Moeller (919-647-0007) or Dan Dittman (919-647-0012)