Residential Inspections & Certificate of Occupancy Processes

  1. General
  2. Required Inspections by Project Type
  3. Scheduling Inspections
  4. Occupancy

General Requirements for All Inspections

Before scheduling any inspections, please be aware of the following requirements:

  • The permit must be prominently displayed.
  • For all building/structural inspections, the approved plans must be on site for the inspector’s use
  • A not-ready fee may be charged if the work to be inspected is not complete when the inspector arrives
  • A re-inspection fee may be charged for third and subsequent inspections of the same type

Inspection Process Steps

  • After the permit has been issued, the homeowner/contractor may begin the work
  • If changes occur during the course of construction, an amendment or revision may be required.
  • At various points along the way, the homeowner/contractor schedules an inspection to verify that the work has been done in compliance with the approved construction documents and the code.
  • Inspections can be scheduled up to five business days in advance
  • The inspector will review the work and either approves the inspection or notes defects for the homeowner/contractor to fix, and leave an inspection result ticket on the job site
  • If the same inspection fails twice, there may be a re-inspection fee for the third inspection
  • The homeowner/contractor can view the results and/or comments of the inspections
  • The homeowner/contractor makes the noted corrections and calls for a re-inspection
  • Once the inspector is satisfied that the work is complete and code compliant (i.e. approves the inspection), the construction can advance to the next phase
  • After all of the work is completed, the homeowner/contractor schedules a final inspection