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Old 12-13-2012, 03:15 PM
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Hope I have the most appropriate forum here. I'm hoping someone on here knows enough about permitting in NC and preferably Sanford that they can help.

I'm doing a remodel on my home in Sanford. This is the first time I've dealt with the city inspection department. I have an above garage bonus room that I am finishing. Part of what I am doing is adding another 2x4 wall within the existing walls, creating a double stud wall. I'm not changing any load-bearing walls. The inspection department told me I needed a building permit, which I have. (I had an HVAC person pull a mechanical and will have an electrician pull that permit.) According to State requirements regarding building permits, and copied directly from the city's website:

“No permit …shall be required for any construction, installation, repair, replacement, or alteration costing Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) or less in any single family residence or farm building unless the work involves: the addition, repair, or replacement of load bearing structures;”

To me, this clearly states I do not need a *building* permit. I'm way under $5K and no load-bearing changes. Is the inspector wrong?

The other problem I have with one inspector is he won't tell me what he's looking for as far as insulation in the ceiling. We are using open-cell foam in what amounts to a cathedral ceiling, but he won't tell us if what we are spraying in the ceiling is enough to meet code. As I recall, he's questioning whether it should be held to attic standards, which are now r-38 in Lee County. No way we can reach that. He's kind of like, "well we'll see". Our insulation person did an r-calc and determined we should be okay with by creating a double stud wall and beefing up that insulation, but I'm nervous.

The other thing about the inspector, he made the comment that he "prefers" a certain local insulation company. Isn't that a major red flag?

Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated. BTW, I am having the worst time finding an electrician, local or otherwise. I think the locals are busy with new homes for Ft. Bragg. Any suggestions for a good one who serves Lee County would be great. Everyone thinks Sanford is a million miles away. I'm less than 30 mins straight down US1 from Ten-Ten Road! :-)

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