Required Inspections

(Residential – 203 International Residential Code / 2005 State Building Code)

TEMPORARY ELECTRICAL SERVICE
This inspection must be obtained when the Electrical Service equipment, service panel, meter base, service drop, sub-panels, grounding means, or other electrical equipment required for a service connection has been installed and ready to be inspected (before it is energized).  The location for the temporary service must be posted.  The permit number or street address must be visible from the main road or access area of the construction site.  If the service is approved, the proper utility company will be notified that the service has been inspected and is ready to be energized.

PERMANENT ELECTRICAL SERVICE
This inspection must be obtained when the Electrical service equipment, service panel, meter base, service drop, sub-panels grounding means, or other electrical equipment required for a complete service connection has been installed and is ready to be inspected (before it is energized).  If the service is approved, the proper utility company will be notified that the service has been inspected and is ready to be energized.

UNDERGROUND ELECTRICAL
This inspection must be obtained after all electrical equipment, wiring conduits, or other work related to the installation of the electrical equipment that is intended to be buried has been installed but before it is covered up.

FOOTING
This inspection must be obtained prior to pouring any concrete.  All required forms and reinforcing rod must be in place (this includes all footings for porches, garages, etc).  All water must be removed from the construction area.

FOUNDATION
This inspection must be done after poles or piers are set or trenches or basement areas are excavated and forms are erected and any required reinforcing steel is in place and prior to the placing of concrete.

BACKFILL
This inspection must be obtained after the required damp proofing has been applied to foundation walls below grade.  The foundation drain tile has been properly installed (the top of the tile must be below the top of the footing).  The drain tile stone has been put in place two (2) inches below, eight (8) inches on the side and six (6) inches above the tile). The filter membrane must also be installed over the drain tile stone.

SHEARWALL
Shearwall inspections are required to get an exterior wall nailing inspection approval so you can put on the housewrap and siding.  However, there is more to the inspection than just the exterior nailing that needs to be looked at before an approval to cover (housewrap) or start siding can be given.
To approve a typical Shearwall inspection, the following elements are reviewed for completion:

  1. Verify if nailing type and pattern matches the Shearwall schedule in the approved plan.
  2. Check the stud and plat size, grade and species of the lumber.
  3. Check for stud alignment or strapping.
  4. Check for nailing pattern and plywood at second level (if not using straps).
  5. Check end joints over framing.
  6. Check edge blocking.
  7. Check for treated plywood and lumber.
  8. Confirm placement, size and types of strapping and holddowns, inside and/or outside.
  9. Check for excessive spalling at the holddowns and nailing requirements if at solid corner.
  10. Full height studs required at the strapping and holddown locations.
  11. Check for anchor bolts or holddowns in proper location.

If there are corrections or incomplete items a Partial Approval (PA) is normally given.  This is done when the corrections are minimal and can be re-inspected at time of the frame inspection.

FRAMING
This inspection must be obtained when all framing of the structure is complete including the roof, all framing, fire blocking and bracing are in place and all ducting, piping, chimneys and vents and after all doors and windows but before the insulation and wallboard has been installed.

All Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing rough inspections must be complete prior to, or at the same time as, the framing inspection.

THROAT
Required when the first flue line is ready to be set or is set.

INSULATION AND VAPOR BARRIER INSPECTION
This inspection: to be made prior to all wallboard installation.  Inspection shall include vapor barrier seal, caulking and insulation placement.

ELECTRICAL

ROUGH ELECTRICAL
This inspection must be obtained after all electrical equipment, wiring, boxes, conduits, fixtures, or other work related to the installation of electrical equipment that is intended to be concealed within the wall, ceilings, floors or other areas of the building has been installed and before the Building Inspector conducts the framing inspection and before it is covered up.

FINAL ELECTRICAL
This inspection must be obtained after all electrical equipment, wiring, boxes, conduits, fixtures, or other work related to the installation of electrical has been installed.

MECHANICAL

ROUGH MECHANICAL
This inspection must be obtained after all mechanical equipment, ductwork, piping, vents, chimneys, fireplaces, draft stopping fire stopping or other work related to the installation of mechanical equipment that is intended to be concealed within the walls, ceilings, floors or other areas of the building has been installed but before the Building Inspector conducts the frame inspection and before it is covered up.

FINAL MECHANICAL
This inspection must be obtained after all mechanical equipment, ductwork, piping, vents chimneys, fireplaces, draft stopping, fire stopping or other work related to the installation of mechanical equipments has been installed.

PLUMBING

UNDERGROUND PLUMBING

This inspection must be obtained after all water supply lines, all drain, waste, building drains and vent lines, conductors, floor drains, cleanouts, grease traps and other Plumbing equipment has been installed in or underground and has been tested by an approved method and capped for protection but before it is covered up.

ROUGH PLUMBING

This inspection must be obtained after all water supply lines, all building drains, waste, and vent lines, conductors, floor drains, cleanouts, grease traps and other Plumbing equipment has been installed, draft stopping, fire stopping or other work related to the installation of the plumbing system that is intended to be concealed within the walls, ceilings, floors or other areas of the building has been installed and tested by an approved method, and before it is covered up.

FINAL
Required after all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work has been completed, finish work is in place, exterior decks, railings and steps are in place, the yard has been graded and the building is ready to be occupied.  No items should be stored in the rooms or be placed against walls that will obstruct any heating elements or electrical outlets.  Complete access should be provided in order to avoid delays and to be able to provide a complete inspection.

OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATE
Is issued once the final inspection has been passed and dwellings that are served by a well and/or septic system are approved by the Health Department and by the Zoning Enforcement Officer.  To insure timely issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) it is recommended that two (2) weeks prior to the date you will need your C.O., you request this office to begin processing the C.O.

The Occupancy Certificateis required before you permanently occupy a building (except utility buildings).  All work that is required to be inspected must be inspected at the proper time and an approval for each inspection must be issued or this department will not issue an Occupancy Certificate.