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Inspections Process

Why do I need an inspection?

Inspections are required by state law and by city ordinance for any work that requires a permit. Inspections make sure that your project meets safety requirements, complies with state law and city codes, and follows the approved plan.

What should I do to prepare for an inspection?

First, make sure that the project is ready for inspection before you call for an appointment. If you are using a contractor, the contractor will schedule the inspection. If you are not using a contractor, you or a person older than 18 must be at the property during the inspection.

How do I schedule an inspection?

To schedule an inspection, call the inspector listed on the last page of your permit.

Is there a fee to have the completed work inspected?

There is no fee for the first inspection for any permitted work, because the first inspection is covered by the permit fee. However, if the job is not completed at the time of the inspection or if multiple inspections are needed for the same job, there may be an additional inspection fee.

How many inspections will be needed?

More than one inspection may be performed during construction if:

  • The work does not meet code requirements.
  • The work is not completed.
  • The project is particularly complex.
  • The project involves more than one area of expertise.

If multiple inspections are required, additional fees may be charged.

How will I know that the work has received final approval?

If you have a building permit, the inspector will date and initial the final inspection item on the permit. For other permits, the inspector will leave a copy of the inspection report.

What if the work is not approved by the inspector?

If the work is not complete, if there are code violations, or if the inspector did not have access to the property to do the inspection, the work will not be approved. You will need to correct the problem and schedule another inspection. In that case, a re-inspection fee may be charged.

Last updated Sep 27, 2011

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