Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement reminds its customers that the North Carolina 2012 Residential Building Code went into effect March 1 in accordance with state law. The North Carolina Department of Insurance (DOI), Office of the State Fire Marshal, has not yet posted the final online version of the 2012 Residential Building Code, but has given the green light for the draft version to be used starting March 1 until the final version is posted. Due to unexpected delays in the final adoption of the code at the state level, printed versions of the 2012 Residential Building Code will not be available until later this year. No delays in the permitting process are anticipated, County code officials say. “The North Carolina Department of Insurance will allow the use of the code marked ‘draft’ to receive and review applications and issue permits,” said James N. Bartl, director of Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement, in a statement sent to customers. Once a final version of the Residential Building Code is posted, Mecklenburg County will then enforce that code on any remaining construction for those permits issued under the “draft” period, Bartl added. Although the Department of Insurance indicates that there should be no substantive changes, the permit holder will be required to comply with any changes found in the final version posted on the their website and the subsequent printed version.