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6. Inspection

How to Schedule an Inspection

General Inspections

INSPECTION LINE IT'S EASY!

Use Our Automated Phone Line and Schedule Your Own Inspection: (858) 581-7111

The City of San Diego’s Inspection Line, the fastest, easiest way to schedule a construction inspection. Available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays too)! Inspection Line allows you to:

  • Schedule an inspection for the next business day
  • Schedule an inspection up to five days in advance
  • Cancel an inspection
  • Hear the results of a completed inspection
  • Also gives more information on how to use the system

When you request an activity, such as scheduling an inspection, simply follow the instruction given in the spoken prompts. Once you become familiar with the system you can interrupt most prompts by pressing the desired keys. If you are having problems scheduling, the system will transfer you to an operator who is available as a back up for the system from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Dial (858) 581-7111

Main Menu Options

Press 1 for Development Services Web Page Address Press 2 to schedule an inspection * (see below for detailed instructions) Please note: you cannot schedule an inspection for the day you call; at least one day's notice is required Press 3 to cancel an inspection Please note: you cannot cancel an inspection for the day you are calling the inspection line. You need to call zero (0) for an operator Press 4 to hear the results of a completed inspection Press 9 to hear more information on how to use the automated scheduling system

Steps: (On a touch tone phone)

  1. Dial (858) 581-7111
  2. Press 2 to schedule an inspection.
  3. Enter your approval number, and then press the # key.
  4. Verify permit number, type and address. Press 1 to confirm.
  5. (Listen to the list of available inspections). Choose and enter an inspection code from one of the available inspections followed by the # sign.
  6. Press 1 to accept the scheduled date, press 2 to change the scheduled date, press 3 to change the inspection type.
  7. After your inspection has been scheduled and confirmed, Press 1 to hear your inspector’s name and phone number.

***NOTE*** Because of the high volume of calls, not all inspections can be completed on the day requested.

IF YOU NEED A TIME FRAME FOR YOUR INSPECTION, LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOUR INSPECTOR THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED INSPECTION DATE. MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE A CALL BACK PHONE NUMBER THAT IS CLEAR AND UNDERSTANDABLE. YOUR INSPECTOR WILL CALL YOU BACK THE MORNING OF YOUR INSPECTION.

Should you experience any difficulty scheduling your inspections press zero (0). We have operators on the line to assist you from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

SAMPLE IVR INSPECTION CODES

Note:Not every permit type is listed below nor is every inspection type always listed on every permit.

Combination – Type Permits

Combination type permits apply to single family houses, duplexes or mobile/manufactured homes

Underground 65
Foundation 27
Frame & Rough 28
Insulation 29
Lath & Drywall 30
Pre-Final * 217
Final (Tier 2) 32
Final (Tier 3) 139
Structural Building – Type Permits

Structural type permits apply to commercial and or multi-family projects

Foundation 6
Frame & Rough 9
Insulation 13
Lath & Drywall 14
Suspended Ceiling 85
Pre-Final * 209
Final (Tier 2) 104
Final (Tier 3) 5

* Only with Tier 3 Final

Electrical – Type Permits

Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing permits can apply to either commercial/multi-family or single family houses/duplexes

Comm/Multi-Family Single Family House/Duplex
Underground 24 95
Rough 25 91
Final 53 32
Mechanical – Type Permits
Comm/Multi-Family Single Family House/Duplex
Underground 71 96
Rough 70 92
Suspended Ceiling 100 ----
Final 15 32
Plumbing – Type Permits
Comm/Multi-Family Single Family House/Duplex
Underground 21 97
Rough 22 93
Final 20 32

Landscape Inspections

  1. Be prepared with the project number.
  2. Ensure that all landscape and irrigation will be completely installed on the day of inspection.
  3. Call (619) 980-7208 to schedule a landscape inspection. Please allow 48 hours to process and schedule your request.

After Hours Inspections

After Hour Inspections are available should customers need an earlier inspection date or an inspection during non-business hours before 7:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. The cost for an After Hour Inspection is $254, or $246 for permit applications received prior to July 1, 2014 for up to two hours of service. Customers must provide advance notice of a minimum of two business days when requesting an After Hour Inspection, and all work must be complete. After Hour Inspections are based on staffing availability, therefore may not be obtainable on the day requested.

All customer requests for After Hour Inspections will be reviewed to determine if they can be performed during regular business hours. All inspection fees must be paid by 1:00 p.m. one business day prior to the scheduled inspection. Additional time beyond the first two hours will be charged at $127 per hour, or $123 per hour for permit applications received prior to July 1, 2014 .  

Please note that all payments must be made in person at the Inspection Services Office located in Kearny Mesa at 9601 Ridgehaven Court, Suite #220. The Inspection Services Office accepts checks, money orders, Visa and Master Card. For additional information, please contact the Inspection Services Office at (858) 492-5070.