Once construction, begins inspections are required at specific points in the construction process. (See Typical Building Inspections below.) These inspections are often necessarily sequential, and continuing work may have to wait for approval of a completed part of the project, so arranging inspections can be critical to the timing of the entire project.

The responsibility to call for inspections falls to the individual who signed the permit application. For inspections inside an existing home, someone has to be present on site to admit the building official. Inspections can be scheduled by phoning the department number above during business hours. Licensed sub-contractors may arrange inspection for their work, but each applicant should be clear on who will schedule the inspections and at what point in the process.

Typical Building Inspections

All inspections shall be by appointment. Please call the Building Department at least two days before requested inspection is needed. Contractor responsible for said work must be present at inspection.

  • Footings with forms in place. (Concrete pads also have forms.)
  • Standpipe for radon to be installed.
  • Under coating for waterproofing. After foundation is tarred, it is to be covered with waterproof material (all basements).
  • Curtain drains.
  • Footing drains shall be covered with an approved filter membrane material (not tar paper).
  • Fill to be put around foundation.
  • Sill plates to be anchored - inspection when decking put down.
  • Structural inspection before mechanicals installed. Check nailing of exterior plywood. Window and doors to have 15# felt all four sides. No paper wrap on building. (Sheetrock ceiling before placing soffits and putting up cabinets.)
  • Temporary electrical service.
  • Rough plumbing (water test on drainage piping, air test on supply piping).
  • Rough electrical.
  • Rough heat and A/C - HVAC.
  • Insulation (no insulation in house before house is weather-tight).
  • Permanent electric service may be installed.
  • Final inspection for certificate of occupancy.

New houses or additions/alterations that will have a fireplace will require a fireplace/stove/chimney permit and inspections.

New Codes Effective December 31, 2005

  • 2003 International Residential Building Code
  • 2003 Supplemental International Residential Building Code
  • 2003 Comcheck Code
  • 2003 International Energy Code
  • 2005 National Electrical Code
  • 2003 International Mechanical Code
  • 2003 International Plumbing Code


  • No burning of construction materials per Fire Marshal
  • No burying of construction materials per Building Official
  • 3" house numbers on mailbox and on home at time of Certificate of Occupancy Inspection