Inspections occur during the construction phase of the project. The time and cost involved to inspect your project will vary based on a variety of factors such as the project complexity, contractors’ compliance with the design presented in the plans, special inspections, structural observations,field conditions, deferred submittals, and whether the project requires any changes to the approved plans.
Work which does not fully comply with the code requirements is provided with a correction list for the contractor/designers/owners to review and correct, and in some cases update their construction documents.
The cost involved for inspection depends on all of the factors listed above, and is represented by the building permit portion of the permit fees for the applicable scope of work. In some cases, a deposit account may be required. Fee schedules are presented in Information Bulletins to provide guidance regarding how these fees are calculated.
When budgeting, it’s important to take into account all aspects of the construction phase of work, including whether there are deferred approvals, or plan changes that could affect the schedule and may require additional work from the design consultants. Deferred submittals and plan changes are part of the plan review process and have the potential to cost additional time and money if they are not done in a timely manner, relative to the construction sequence. Items covered under a deferred approval or plan change may not be constructed, nor inspected, until they are approved by plan review and perforated for use on the project. As this work is not tracked by city inspectors, the owner and contractor need to have a construction management plan to ensure that these items are coordinated and communicated between the contractors, owners, designers, inspectors, and plan reviewers.