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Upon obtaining a building permit you will also receive a Building Inspection Record and a set of approved plans.  Maintain both the plans and the inspection record on the job site at all times and make both available for the inspector’s use.

Inspections must be requested 24 hours in advance. Inspections are conducted during the approximate hours of 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday, inspections are not conducted on Fridays.

View today's Daily Inspection Schedule to see the approximate time the inspector will arrive to conduct your scheduled inspection. 

It shall be the duty of the person doing the work authorized by a permit to notify the Building Division that such work is ready for inspection.  It shall be the duty of the person requesting any required inspection to provide access to and means for inspection of such work.

When the inspector has completed inspection of a particular phase of construction, for which an inspection has been required, he will sign if off on the inspection record, at which time the person doing the work may continue with the next phase of the project.  However, if that phase of construction has not been constructed in accordance with the approved plans and/or to code, a correction notice will be posted on the job site.  The person doing the work is responsible for making the corrections and shall request a re-inspection.



  • FOOTINGS/REINFORCING/SETBACKS – When trenches are excavated, forms are set and reinforcing steel and hold down bolts are in place, prior to pouring of any concrete.
  • FRAMING – When all framing is completed including, fire blocking, bracing, roof sheathing (except where roofing is designed as a diaphragm) is in place, all rough plumbing including vents, chimneys and piping is placed; all rough electrical inducing, outlets panels is in place; and all mechanical including ducts, shafts piping is in place.  (Note:  gas lines to be under pressure and plumbing filled with water)
  • CONCRETE SLAB OR UNDER-FLOOR – When all in-slab or under-floor building service equipment, conduit, piping accessories and other ancillary equipment items are in place, but before any concrete is placed or floor sheathing installed, including sub-floor. 
  • DIAPHRAGM/SHEAR – When framing is complete and shear walls and roof sheeting are in place, but before other trades such as electrical, plumbing or mechanical, are complete.   
  • INSULATION – When completely installed in the required wall and ceiling or attic spaces, prior to concealment.  (Insulation certificate will be accepted in lieu of this inspection for single-family dwellings or duplexes).
  • LATH OR DRYWALL/GYPSUM BOARD – To be made after all lathing and drywall/gypsum board, interior and exterior, is in place, but before gypsum board joints and fasteners are taped and finished.
  • FINAL INSPECTION – When the building is completed including grading, landscaping, and other requirements of code or special conditions. 
  • SPECIAL INSPECTIONS may be required for various types of work.


  • TEMPORARY POWER POLES – When pole is installed and prior to energizing.
  • GROUNDWORK – When trenching is completed and conduit is placed.
  • ROUGH WIRING – When all service equipment and wiring is in place, however, prior to concealment of any work.
  • FIXTURES – When lath or drywall is applied, prior to applying final coat.
  • FINAL – After all fixtures, receptacles, switches, sub-panels and circuits are identified and prior to energizing by the utility company.


  • TOP OUT AND/OR ROUGH – When all vents are through the roof and under water pressure for test and all piping is under water for test.
  • SHOWER PAN – When shower pan and necessary piping has been completed and under water pressure for test.
  • CONNECTING TO SEWER LINES – When all piping is completed and under water pressure for test.
  • WATER HEATERS/VENTS – When all vents and piping connections are completed and when pressure relief and/or temperature valves are installed.
  • SPRINKLER SYSTEMS – When all piping and anti-siphon valves are installed.
  • GAS TEST – When all piping and equipment is installed and under air pressure for test.
  • FINAL – When the above piping, fixtures, equipment and vents have been completely installed/tested and the entire building system is ready for the utility company’s service.


  • ROUGH HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING – When all ducts, dampers, piping, rough electrical is installed, however, prior to concealment.
  • FINAL – When the above has been completed, installed/tested and the entire building system is ready for the utility company’s service.


  • When the excavation is completed and reinforcing steel is placed.
  • GROUND WORK – When the plumbing and electrical work is in and under water and/or air pressure for test.
  • FENCES/GATES – When the gunite and all pool work is completed, but prior to any water in the pool.
  • FINAL INSPECTION – When all work related to the pool/spa/hot tub is completed and ready for use.


When all required construction has been completed and all city departments involved have submitted their releases, a final inspection is made and a Certificate of Occupancy is issued.

In addition to the above called inspections, the Building Official may make or require other inspections as may be deemed necessary.

No building or structure shall be used or occupied, and no change in the existing occupancy classification of a building or structure or portion thereof shall be made until all city departments involved have approved, final inspection has been completed and signed-off by the inspector as Final and/or a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued.   


Field inspectors are available for answering questions related to projects under construction from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

CAUTION: The information contained herein is intended only as a guide.  When in doubt, consult the Development Services Group.


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