In North Carolina, counties designated under a major disaster declaration by the President of the United States under the Stafford Act (P.L. 93-288) as a result of Hurricane Florence, A person is allowed a refund of any fee assessed and collected that is subject to the moratorium imposed by this section.

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: 201 West Elm St.
  Graham NC, 27253
Phone Numbers: 336-570-4057
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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To all Contractors and Inspectors

In the past, many inspectors and jurisdictions have accepted the common practice of the use of an drywall attic scuttle with blocked joints as adequate separation between the garage and dwelling unit, per R302.5.1.

It has come to our attention that this is not in harmony with the wording of the code. (See below)

The problem with the use of an unsecured scuttle is that in a fire situation, heat /vapor pressure could push the drywall out of the way and allow the spread of fire and combustion products.

Below is the exact wording from the NCRC 2012 with the amendment that allows an attic access door with min 3/8” FRT plywood to be used.

2012 NC Residential Code R302.5.1 Opening protection. (120611 Item B-8) R302.5.1 Opening protection. Openings from a private garage directly into a room used for sleeping purposes shall not be permitted. Other openings between the garage and residence shall be equipped with solid wood doors not less than 1⅜ inches (35 mm) in thickness, solid or honeycomb core steel doors not less than 1⅜ inches (35 mm) thick, or 20-minute fire-rated doors.

Exception: A disappearing/pull-down stairway to uninhabited attic space with minimum ⅜-inch (9.53 mm) (nominal) fire retardant-treated structural panel is deemed to meet Table R302.6 Dwelling/Garage Separation of not less than ½-inch (12.7 mm) gypsum board or equivalent applied to garage side. The delayed effective date of this Rule is January 1, 2015. The Statutory authority for Rule-making is G. S. 143-136; 143-138.

Going forward, we will not be able to approve the use of a scuttle in the ceiling of a garage/dwelling unit separation. Please plan your project accordingly and please let us know if you have any questions.