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Our Mission Statement

Our goal is to ensure the quality of life of those who live, work and visit Transylvania County by promoting safety in the regulation of the construction, use and occupancy of buildings and by taking a customer oriented approach to finding educated, cost effective solutions.

Transylvania County’s Building Code is mandated by the State of North Carolina and administered through the Engineering Division of the NC Department of Insurance.  It is the same code that is used throughout the state. In NC, as in every area of the world, codes continually evolve in response to changes in materials, technologies and methods of construction. Principally, tragic and disastrous events influence changes to building codes. Such events that have influenced building code requirements in NC include hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and fire. The County currently enforces the 2012 North Carolina Building Codes and the 2014 National Electrical Code. Codes may be viewed online at www.ncbuildingcodes.com .

What's New

The following amendment went into effect March 1, 2017.  It will affect sewer piping installations. 

2012 NC Plumbing Code:

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.

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 our Chief Plumbing code consultant, Bill Moeller (919-647-0007) Bill.Moeller@ncdoi.gov or Dan Dittman (919-647-0012) dan.dittman@ncdoi.gov.

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