Meet & Greet: Chris Hinnant

Inspections Director, Town of Fuquay-Varina

Background: Originally from Wendell. Moved to the Holly Springs area in 1989. Started working for the town of Fuquay-Varina in 1996. The inspections department had only three full-time employees at that time.

Day to Day: We handle all building permits for new construction, additions or renovations to existing homes, along with commercial projects.

Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop. We averaged 600 new building permits from 2015 to 2018. 2019 was the largest up to that point with 764 new single family home permits. We had a new record year in 2020 — 1,031 new single family home permits. Then January 1 to June 30 of 2021 had 1,013 single family home permits in six months.

Backup: We are currently hiring for employees No. 21 and 22. I’ve got a great staff helping me maintain this growth. They step up to the plate every day.

Insurance Policy: Residents often look at (inspections) as a hindrance, because we kinda slow the process down. Everything has to be inspected rather than move on quickly. But I try to tell people that we are the cheapest insurance policy you can buy for one of the largest investments you’re ever going to make.

The Draw of the ‘Quay: The quaintness of the town, the feeling of community. You have growth, but you still have that old town feel that brings people here.

There’s the quaint little town of Fuquay, and now it’s a busy little metropolis.

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