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Types of Inspections

Building Inspections for Projects NOT Associated with Detached Single Family Dwellings or Duplexes

This includes multi-family residential projects (condominiums or apartments) and any commercial project.

Building Inspection Request Schedule

Note: Plumbing, Electrical, or Mechanical work on any project other than a Detached Single Family Dwelling or Duplex will require separate permits for each type of work.

For Inspection requests, schedule the appropriate permit (approval) number for the work to be inspected. Note that Plumbing, Electrical, and Mechanical work are NOT included in a Building permit unless a Combination Building Permit was issued (for detached Single Family Dwellings or Duplexes only). For example: to schedule a Plumbing underground inspection, enter the Plumbing Approval number into the automated telephone scheduling system. The Plumbing Permit/Approval inspection menu presented by the automated system will include all inspections necessary for that Plumbing Approval.

Note: All work must be approved prior to concealing.

  1. Underground Inspections
    Required before any underground water or waste lines, electrical conduit, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and other duct work are covered. Underground inspection will normally be requested before the Foundation Inspection.
  2. Foundation Inspection
    Required after footing excavations are complete, form work is in place, all reinforcing steel and hardware have been installed, the soils report verifying suitability of the exposed soils is available to the Inspector, but prior to placing concrete or floor sheathing. Any work to be concealed by concrete or framing must be approved prior to concealing. Disabled Access provisions are a part of the Foundation Inspection.
  3. Rough Inspection
    Required after rough electrical, plumbing, mechanical and structural work has been completed but before insulation is installed. Note: the rough-in work for the Plumbing, Electrical, and Mechanical systems must be approved prior to scheduling the Building permit/approval for frame inspection. Note that on larger projects and multi-level buildings, there may be several "partial rough" inspections for specialty work and several "partial frame" inspections in those same areas. Additionally, on some larger projects fire sprinkler and alarm systems may require Fire Inspection prior to concealing. Refer to the Fire Inspection Approval Stamp on the permitted plans for further information.
  4. Frame Inspection
    Required after the rough Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical work have been approved and the Structural work is completed in those same areas and ready to be concealed. Note that there may be several partial frame inspections on larger projects. Floor nail, roof nail, exterior wall frame are examples of partial frame inspections. Disabled Access provisions are a part of the frame inspection.
  5. Insulation Inspections
    Insulation may be installed after the rough approvals for the Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical systems and framing is approved in any areas to be insulated and the structure is "weathered in." It is important that the structure be "weathered in" to prevent the insulation from getting wet by rain or dew. After the insulation has been approved, interior finishes may then be applied to the interior wall surfaces.
  6. Lath or Gypsum Board Inspections
    Required after the lath or wallboard have been fastened in place but before plaster or stucco is placed or wallboard joints and fasteners are taped and finished. Corner Aide and Stucco Screed must be installed on exterior lath prior to inspection.
  7. Landscape Inspections
    Requested after all landscape and irrigation has been completely installed according to approved plans and specifications. Some single-family residential projects may be exempt.
  8. Fire Inspection
    Requested after alarms, extinguishing systems, hazardous materials storage provisions, sprinkler systems and exit illumination systems are in place and ready to test. Call for Fire Department Inspections at (619) 446-5440 to arrange an appointment for an Inspection. Note: Fire Inspections may not be "next day" inspections. Call early to avoid any delay of your project.

Final Inspections

Requested after all rough approvals and the Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fire and Structural work has been completed and the structure is in move-in condition. A "move-in" condition includes all Disabled Access features and verifies all fire and life safety requirements have been met. All required reports (such as Special Inspection, Structural Observation, etc.), including those reports required by other departments and agencies such as the Hazardous Materials Division and the San Diego Air Pollution Control District (refer to the documentation from these agencies for all requirements), must be received and approved by this department prior to scheduling the Final Inspection.

On all projects other than Detached Single Family Houses and Duplexes, the Building permit/approval must be the last scheduled inspection, as the Building Inspector will first assure the specialty work that applies to the project is complete and approved, all required reports have been approved, and the Inspection Record Card bears signatures from the specialist Inspectors approving those specialist portions of the project before performing a final inspection and granting the project a final approval.