When are inspections required?

The type and number of inspections will vary with the type of project, but the typical order of site inspection visits are as follows:

  • Foundation inspection: After trenches are excavated, reinforcing is in place and forms set, all materials for the foundation are on-site and before pouring any concrete or laying down any masonry units.
  • Rough plumbing, mechanical or electrical inspections: When all in-slab or under-floor conduit, piping, service equipment are in, but before concrete is poured or floor sheeting is installed.
  • Framing inspection: After roofing, framing, fire blocking and bracing are in place, and all pipes, chimneys and vents are in.
  • Insulation inspection: When all thermal insulation is installed in floors, walls, attics, but before any of the work is concealed.
  • Lath or wallboard inspection: After lathing and/or gypsum wallboard is in place, but before plastering is done or joints and fasteners are taped and finished.
  • Final inspection: After building is completed, watertight and ready for occupancy. All electrical and plumbing fixtures and heating/cooling equipment must be in place, and any finish grading of the site is completed. Painting, carpeting and other "cosmetic" work need not be finished prior to final inspection.

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