Inspections Procedure


As with all City services, Building Inspections is currently under OPCON1.  This means we are NOT open to the general public and we are operating half-staff  for all plan review, inspections and administrative  team  services.  This is to reduce COVID19 exposure to the general public and City employees.

Here are the changes to our inspection operations and services

All customers are encouraged to register with our new Customer Access Portal (CAP) to schedule inspections, apply for permits (coming soon) and update business licenses. 

Important Information When Scheduling Through CAP

  • All sub-trade inspections - electrical, mechanical, plumbing and fuel-gas - are scheduled under the project’s building permit. Please go into the building permit to find and schedule sub-trade inspections.
  • All stand-alone trade permit inspections - electrical, mechanical, plumbing and fuel-gas - are scheduled within the trade permit.

Requirements Before Inspections Can Occur

  • The address and permit placard must be posted and visible from the road or street and the placard accessible to the inspector.
  • Plans stamped as "Field Copy" and any updates from the Building Inspections Office are to be on site for all inspections. The plans shall remain on the job site throughout the remainder of the job.
  • Toilet facilities (within 300 feet of the job site) shall be available.
  • Silt fencing for erosion control must be in place prior to clearing or grading.
  • Gravel entry or paved access to the site.

Requesting an Inspection


Inspections can only be scheduled through the Building Department for permits issued before August 14, 2017.

Inspection Scheduling

The City of Charleston will schedule inspections as they are received throughout the day.

  • Requests made before noon (Noon) will be scheduled one business day out. Example: Request taken at 11 a.m. on Monday - Inspection scheduled for Tuesday.
  • Requests received after noon (Noon) will be scheduled two business days out. Example: Request taken at 3 p.m. on Monday - Inspection scheduled for Wednesday.

Please note all inspections are performed Monday through Friday, except City designated holidays.  

Inspection Status

Required Inspections

Assistance with Inspections

  • Email Inspections 
  • Phone: 843-724-7441 (Please note, inspection requests will not be accepted via phone call and/or voicemail)

Contact Your Inspector 

The preferred method is texting.

Inspector Type
Phone Number
Field Inspection SupervisorGary Pope, CBO843-729-1721Email Gary Pope
Inspector, CombinationArthur James
Email Arthur James
Inspector, CombinationCharles Merrick
Email Charles Merrick
Inspector, CombinationDanny Johnson843-834-9185
Email Danny Johnson
Inspector, Combination
Peter Kohn843-270-0043
Email Peter Kohn
Inspector, CombinationGeorge Meadowcraft843-494-8949Email George Meadowcraft
Inspector, Combination
Justin Washington
Email Justin Washington
Inspector, CombinationMarion Heyward843-834-9184Email Marion Heyward
Inspector, Combination
Maurice Brown
Email Maurice Brown
Inspector, CombinationRandy Milligan
Email Randy Milligan
Inspector, CombinationRex Ford843-412-7541Email Rex Ford
Inspector, CombinationDerek Hogan843-693-4371Email Derek Hogan