Randleman, NC asked in Child Custody, Family Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for North Carolina

Q: If a building inspector deems a house is against the building code, will they get dss involved for child safety?

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A: A building inspector's primary role is to assess and enforce compliance with building codes and regulations related to the structural and safety aspects of a building or dwelling. Building inspectors typically focus on issues such as structural integrity, electrical systems, plumbing, and fire safety.

If a building inspector deems a house to be in violation of building codes, their primary responsibility is to address the structural and safety concerns related to the building itself. They may issue citations, require corrective actions, or even order the occupants to vacate the premises if there are immediate safety hazards.

However, building inspectors are not typically responsible for child safety or welfare matters, and their involvement does not automatically trigger an intervention by the Department of Social Services (DSS) or child protective services. DSS or child protective services agencies are separate entities with their own specific mandates related to child welfare and safety.

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