Construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the Building Official and/or Fire Marshal. Such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved.


Footing and foundation inspection. Footing and foundation inspections shall be made after excavations for footings are complete and any required reinforcing steel is in place. For concrete foundations, any required forms shall be in place prior to inspection. Materials for the foundation shall be on the job, except where concrete is ready mixed in accordance with ASTM C 94, the concrete need not be on the job.

Concrete slab and under-floor inspection. Concrete slab and under-floor inspections shall be made after in-slab or under-floor reinforcing steel and 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 the subfloor.

Lowest floor elevation. In flood hazard areas, upon placement of the lowest floor, including the basement, and prior to further vertical construction, the elevation certification required in Section 1612.5 shall be submitted to the building official.

Frame inspection. Framing inspections shall be made after the roof deck or sheathing, all framing, fireblocking and bracing are in place and pipes, chimneys and vents to be concealed are complete and the rough electrical, plumbing, heating wires, pipes and ducts are approved.

Lath and gypsum board inspection. Lath and gypsum board inspections shall be made after lathing and gypsum board, interior and exterior, is in place, but before any plastering is applied or gypsum board joints and fasteners are taped and finished.

Exception: Gypsum board that is not part of a fire-resistance-rated assembly or a shear assembly.

Fire-resistant penetrations. Protection of joints and penetrations in fire-resistance-rated assemblies shall not be concealed from view until inspected and approved.

Energy efficiency inspections. Inspections shall be made to determine compliance with Chapter 13 and shall include, but not be limited to, inspections for: envelope insulation R and U values, fenestration U value, duct system R value, and HVAC and water-heating equipment efficiency.

Inspection of Electrical and Mechanical systems. Inspections of plumbing heating and cooling, automatic fire suppression, and electrical systems shall be made prior to their concealment, including testing and certifications as may be required by the system’s respective codes or standards.

Other inspections. In addition to the inspections specified above, the building official is authorized to make or require other inspections of any construction work to ascertain compliance with the provisions of this code and other laws that are enforced by the department of building safety.

Special inspections. As required by the Report of Special Inspections required through Section 1704.

Final inspection. The final inspection shall be made after all work required by the building permit is completed.

Fill out the form below to request an inspection and then email the form to:

Request for Inspection Form


The following is a basic list of items that will be inspected. Other violations may be discovered during time of inspection.

  • Fire alarm and sprinkler:
    • Documentation showing fire alarm testing and servicing shall be provided. Fire alarm shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 72
    • Documentation showing sprinkler testing and servicing shall be provided. Sprinkler shall be tested in accordance with NFPA 25
  • Exit signs:
    • All exit signs shall be properly illuminated
    • All batteries for backup power shall be in proper working order
  • Fire extinguishers:
    • All fire extinguishers shall have current year inspection tags
    • All fire extinguishers shall be properly mounted
    • All fire extinguishers shall be visually inspected and documented monthly
  • Emergency lights:
    • All emergency lights shall be in proper working order
    • All emergency lights shall be tested once a month for 30 seconds and once a year for 1 ½ hours. Documentation shall be kept on this monthly testing
  • Exit doors:
    • All exit doors shall be kept clear
    • All exit doors shall be closing and latching properly
    • All exit doors shall be free of deadbolts, slide bolts and padlocks. Only one locking mechanism is permitted per door
  • Stock/storage:
    • No storage or stock shall be stored within 18 inches of sprinkler heads
  • Miscellaneous:
    • The uses of extension cords are not permitted, however, power strips for the use of computers are allowed
    • All electrical panels are to be labeled properly
    • There shall be no storage within 36 inches of electrical panels or transformers
    • Food and cooking establishments:
      • Provide documentation for semiannual hood and duct cleaning. Hood and duct maintenance shall be in accordance with NFPA 96
      • Provide documentation that fire suppression system has been tested and serviced. Maintenance shall be in accordance with NFPA 17 & 17a