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The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic is a fluid situation, and the guidance from authorities is changing rapidly. The team at Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement remains committed to the health and safety of our customers and staff. This page provides a comprehensive listing of modifications made by Code Enforcement in an effort to serve our customers in this uncertain time.
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While Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement is continuing to issue special events permits, and the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal's office continues to issue permits, it is critical that all customers remember that the COVID-related restrictions of Governor Cooper's executive orders, particularly Order 141 and Order 147, remain in effect. As the situation is fluid, additional executive orders may be forthcoming at any time.
The most recent order places various restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, including, but not limited to, mass gatherings of no more than 25 people, wearing face coverings, and observing social distancing. These requirements are subject to change.
Permits issued by Mecklenburg County should not be construed as sanctioning the event or attesting to compliance with other rules or requirements outside the scope of the permit. Permit recipients are responsible for ensuring that events are in compliance with all state and local requirements.
At 5 p.m. Monday, April 13, N.C. Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 131 takes effect. Among other measures, Executive Order 131 imposes additional restrictions on essential businesses still operating under Executive Order 121.
To further promote social distancing, businesses and retail establishments will be directed to facilitate greater distances between individuals in their facilities in the following ways:
For guidance on how to properly implement these new measures, business owners and managers should contact the fire marshal’s office with jurisdiction. Facilities inside the Charlotte city limits should contact the City of Charlotte Fire Marshal. Facilities outside the Charlotte city limits should contact the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal at 980-314-3070 or FireMarshal@mecklenburgcountync.gov.
Effective 8 a.m. March 26, Mecklenburg County will be under a stay-at-home order. Code Enforcement staff will continue to conduct permitting, plan review and field inspections as allowed by that order.
As we have been for the last several weeks, we are continuing to make modifications to the ways we deliver our services to protect our customers, staff and community. Among the newest of those modifications are physical distancing during field inspections, and, when possible, the use of Live Remote Inspections (inspections performed using "video chat" technology). While LRIs will be used on many types of projects, effective March 26, 2020, inspections on occupied homes, duplexes, townhouses, apartment units and condo units will be by LRI only to reduce exposure and the risk of transmitting COVID-19. When an LRI cannot be performed or completed, a traditional (in-person) inspection will be coordinated for a later date in consultation with the contractor and the resident.
Inspectors are also continuing to practice physical distancing on job sites. In areas where it is not possible to maintain 6 feet of distance, the inspector may ask for the work area to be inspected to be cleared while he or she conducts the inspection.
Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement staff are still serving you. We're proud to be your partners in building a safe and thriving community.
The Building Development Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 has been canceled in accordance with guidance offered by the governor of North Carolina and public health authorities on large meetings.
In light of concerns surrounding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement will suspend large group meetings effective immediately, through the end of April.
The following meetings are canceled at this time:
Mecklenburg County Public Health encourages all eligible residents ages 12 and older to get a free COVID-19 vaccination.