What inspections are required?

During the 1st inspection, the inspector will determine the amount of work which can be completed before the next inspection. Do not work past this point. This process will be repeated for each succeeding inspection.

Some commonly needed inspections are:

  • Grading: If a project requires grading of the site before construction, an engineering inspector must be on-site to provide inspection during grading. In most cases grading is necessary only for projects requiring the removal or addition of large amounts of earth.
  • Underground Work: All plumbing, electrical or mechanical systems shall be inspected prior to covering with earth or concrete.
  • Foundation/Slab: This inspection is performed after rough grading and placement of concrete forms and reinforcing steel, but prior to pouring any concrete.
  • Floor Joist (for raised foundations): This inspection is performed after all floor joists and girders have been installed and under floor plumbing, electrical and mechanical has been installed. Under floor waste and vents shall be tested at the time of inspection.
  • Roof/Floor Sheathing: Nail size and spacing is verified after the roof/floor sheathing has been installed and all penetrations through roof or floor have been made.
  • Shear or Pre-Wrap: This inspection is made after all exterior shear walls and hardware is installed and prior to the placement of exterior lath.
  • Framing: Inspection is required after the roof covering is has been installed; windows, including caulking and flashing; and the electrical, plumbing and heating systems are prepared for rough inspection. Prior to the placement of insulation.
  • Insulation: The rating of the insulation will be verified after placement before installation of the drywall. The insulation can be installed after the exterior vapor barrier has been installed.
  • Drywall: Nail size and spacing will be verified prior to the placement of drywall tape or mud.
  • Exterior Lath: This inspection is completed prior to the application of the exterior finish after the installation of the vapor barrier and or lath. Interior lath or drywall shall be completely secured (nailed or screwed) prior to the exterior lath inspection.
  • Energy/Insulation: Inspection is required after installation, but prior to walls and ceilings being covered.
  • Lath/Drywall: Exterior lath is inspected after interior nailing of wall cover is completed and paper and wire have been nailed and trim is in place.
  • Final: This last inspection will occur when all fixtures are in place and the building is ready for occupancy.

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1. What is an inspection?
2. When is an inspection needed?
3. How can an inspection be arranged?
4. What do I have to do prior to inspection?
5. What inspections are required?
6. How much does it cost?
7. What if I fail the inspection?