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Residential Inspection Requirements

Important Notes

All inspection requests must be made 24 to 48 hours in advance. You must indicate AM, PM, or anytime and the inspector will try to accommodate your request.

* Depending upon the construction activity or design, there may be "special" inspections necessary. Please check with the Plan Reviewer and Field Inspector. Some inspections may be able to be combined, depending upon specific conditions

** If the builder is not ready when the inspection is requested, a $25.00 re inspection fee will be charged. No other inspections will be scheduled until the re inspection fee is paid.

*** A Soils Report may be required due to site conditions.

 

Conventional Construction

If a Building Permit has been issued, the following inspections are required for compliance with the Building Code.

  • Footing - open trench, steel rebar in place, ready to pour.
  • Foundation:
    • Masonry - all block work complete, anchor bolts in place.
    • Poured concrete wall - all forms in place, all steel rebar in place, **inspected prior to concrete pour
  • Still Plate - still plate and termite shield installed, crawl space cleaned out, crawl floor graded, anchor bolts and nuts tightened **required prior to setting house.
  • Strapping - sill to band connection, floor to floor connection, dormer to roof. Roof set up complete **Required to siding cover of band board.
  • Sheathing - for field constructed sections. Sheathing exposed for nailing inspection. **Required prior to building wrap and siding.
  • Brick Veneer - inspection of brick ties, airspace, flashing and building wrap or felt backing ** required prior to start of brick veneer on frame. OK to install veneer on foundation prior to this inspection.
  • Garage, Porch, and/or Floor Slab - compacted base, reinforcement in place, garage door turn down and vapor barrier in place. **Required prior to any concrete pour.
  • Framing for Field Constructed Sections - electric, plumbing, mechanical complete exterior weather tight. Electric and plumbing rough in inspections approved. Structure ready for insulation and drywall. **Required to any close in of frame construction.
  • Courtesy Inspection - an inspection requested by the builder but not required by the County. **Not required.
  • Other Inspections - may be required by building inspector for any component of project. **Required as needed.
  • Final - all other inspections approved such as electric, plumbing, stormwater management, environmental programs, etc. As-built survey, elevation certificate, venting and non-conversion agreements recorded. House complete, grading and seeding complete. **Required for all projects.

 

Modular Construction

If a Building Permit has been issued, the following inspections are required for compliance with the Building Code.

  • Footing - open trench, steel rebar in place, ready to pour.
  • Foundation:
    • Masonry - all block work complete, anchor bolts in place.
    • Poured concrete wall - all forms in place, all steel rebar in place, **inspected prior to concrete pour
  • Still Plate - still plate and termite shield installed, crawl space cleaned out, crawl floor graded, anchor bolts and nuts tightened **required prior to setting house.
  • Strapping - sill to band connection, floor to floor connection, dormer to roof. Roof set up complete **Required to siding cover of band board.
  • Sheathing - for field constructed sections. Sheathing exposed for nailing inspection. **Required prior to building wrap and siding.
  • Brick Veneer - inspection of brick ties, airspace, flashing and building wrap or felt backing ** required prior to start of brick veneer on frame. OK to install veneer on foundation prior to this inspection.
  • Garage, Porch, and/or Floor Slab - compacted base, reinforcement in place, garage door turn down and vapor barrier in place. **Required prior to any concrete pour.
  • Framing for Field Constructed Sections - electric, plumbing, mechanical complete exterior weather tight. Electric and plumbing rough in inspections approved. Structure ready for insulation and drywall. **Required to any close in of frame construction.
  • Courtesy Inspection - an inspection requested by the builder but not required by the County. **Not required.
  • Other Inspections - may be required by building inspector for any component of project. **Required as needed.
  • Final - all other inspections approved such as electric, plumbing, stormwater management, environmental programs, etc. As-built survey, elevation certificate, venting and non-conversion agreements recorded. House complete, grading and seeding complete. **Required for all projects.