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Building inspector looking at plans on top of the Central Library construction site

After obtaining a permit and beginning construction work, inspections are required before any work can be covered or concealed. Construction is not approved until it has been inspected and accepted by inspection staff.  It is the responsibility of the contractor or the owner to schedule all required inspections. Learn more about the PDF icon inspection process and the types of inspections. All inspections are scheduled online

Problems Scheduling an Inspection Online?
Call 858-492-5070 for general questions about inspections or to report problems with scheduling inspections online.  

Schedule an Inspection

Standard Inspections

The City conducts more than 200 different types of inspections on commercial and residential projects. These include construction, additions, alterations or demolition of:

  • Accessory structures
  • Commercial, industrial, residential projects
  • Excavations
  • Fire alarm/suppression
  • Foundations
  • Housing
  • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing
  • Private grading and drainage
  • Sanitary, vent and gas systems
  • Signage
  • Soils

Summary: Standard inspections must be scheduled at least one day in advance. To schedule online you must know the Inspection Contact # associated with your project. This number will act as a PIN code giving you access to the online scheduling system.

If you want the inspector to call you back with an inspection time frame; leave your contact phone number in the "Comments for Inspector" box when scheduling. The inspector will contact you before 10:00 a.m. on the day of your scheduled inspection.

Schedule: Inspections are performed on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A high volume of inspection requests may result in some inspections not being completed on the day requested. After-hour, holiday or weekend inspections outside of these hours may be requested at an additional cost.

Cost: Standard inspection costs are included in the permit fees and are conducted at no extra cost to the applicant. 

Request a Standard Inspection

Is your inspection related to one of the following permits?

  • Residential Rooftop-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Simple (No-plan) Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing

- OR -

One of the following permits submitted on or after March 1, 2021?

  • Demolition
  • Fire - Alarms, Kitchen Hoods, Suppression Systems, Underground Fire Services
  • Signs
  • Plan (required) Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing

Virtual Inspections

Requirements: Customers must have a smartphone, tablet or computer, and be able to use the Google Meet conferencing platform.


Virtual inspections, using the Google Meet conferencing platform, will be conducted with customers at the job site and a City inspector reviewing qualified projects remotely.  Here is a list of project types that are qualified for virtual inspections: 

  • Electrical panel and circuits*
  • Electrical vehicle charging stations*
  • Drywall *
  • Exterior siding*
  • Foundation retrofits, including mobile homes*
  • Gas air tests* 
  • Insulation
  • Light standard footings* 
  • Minor framing/shear*
  • Re-roofs* 
  • Reinspection of minor corrections
  • Retaining wall footings* 
  • Rooftop and ground-mount solar photovoltaic*
  • Shower pans and tubs*
  • Simple heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) change-outs* 
  • Slab grades* 
  • Temporary power 
  • Trash enclosures 
  • Water heaters*
  • Water services and re-pipes*
  • Window and door replacements*

* For single-family residences and duplex permit types only.

Summary: Once a request for a virtual inspection is submitted, the application will be reviewed and a City inspector will be assigned. The inspector will contact the applicant to schedule the virtual inspection. Large or complex inspections, as well as virtual inspections that can't be conducted properly, will still be inspected physically onsite.

Schedule: Virtual inspections are performed on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A high volume of inspection requests may result in some inspections not being completed on the day requested.

Cost: Virtual inspections are conducted at no extra cost to the applicant if conducted during normal business hours. If conducted outside of the normal business hours, see PDF icon Information Bulletin 501 to view the fee schedule. 

Request a Virtual Inspection

Enhanced Inspections

Enhanced inspections offer additional non-standard scheduling options. These include:

  1. Guaranteed Next-Day Inspections: Inspections are guaranteed to be completed during regular business hours on the day selected. Limit to 1/2 hour, (30 minutes) per inspection. You cannot specify a time. 
  2. Before/After Hours Inspections: Inspections immediately before or after the inspector’s regular workday, with a maximum inspection time of two hours.  Subject to inspector availability. 
  3. Late Night, Weekend/Holiday Inspections: Inspections that need to be performed late nights, weekends or during scheduled holidays for a maximum of 2 hours. Provide at least two business days of advance notice. Subject to inspector availability.

Requirements: All requests shall be submitted to the inspection office a minimum of one business day in advance, except as noted below.  Enhanced Inspections can be scheduled by completing and submitting DSD form DS-167.

Cost: Enhanced inspections are subject to additional fees, except the Virtual Inspection option which is free of additional charge if performed during normal business hours. If a Virtual Inspection is requested during non-business hours, additional fees apply. See PDF icon Information Bulletin 501 to view the fee schedule. 

Request an Enhanced Inspection

Emergency Inspections

For emergency gas leak or electrical restoration inspections call 858-492-5070 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Canceling Inspections

You can cancel inspections online or through the automated phone line. However, canceling inspections on the day that they are scheduled can only be done by contacting Inspection Services during regular business hours (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at 858-492-5070.

Contact an Inspector

Inspectors are available by phone on normal business days from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Messages left afterward may not be returned until the following business day. To contact a specific inspector, use the staff directory

Preparing for Onsite Inspections

The following is required at the time of inspection:

  • Approved plans and documents
  • Inspection record card
  • An adult 18 years of age or older must be present to allow access to the inspection site
  • All household pets shall be secured away from the construction site
  • All construction that requires a permit shall be inspected before it is covered or concealed
  • Ladders and scaffolds shall comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards
  • Areas to be inspected shall have adequate lighting
  • A safe path of travel shall be provided throughout the inspection site. Crawl spaces must be dry, free of obstruction (i.e., insects, rodents, etc.) and deemed safe by the inspector.
  • All electrical panels and junction boxes to be inspected shall be open and accessible for inspection. Inspectors will not open boxes or take apart electrical equipment.

Other Inspection Information

  • Certificate of Occupancy is issued for commercial structures after the inspections are completed. Please read PDF icon Information Bulletin 585 for more information.
  • Public Grading and Right-of-Way Inspections are conducted by the Engineering and Capital Projects Department. Contact 858-627-3200 for further information and to schedule inspections.
  • Landscape Inspections take place after all landscape and irrigation work is complete. To schedule or cancel landscape inspections, contact the landscape inspector at 619-980-7208 and be ready to provide a project number. Customers must provide two business days advance notice to process their request.
  • Mitigation Monitoring Coordination (MMC) - This section is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Mitigation Monitoring Reporting Program (MMRP) during all phases of the construction process.
  • Special Inspections are inspections conducted by third parties. They are in addition to City inspections and are not a substitute.
  • Tank Application Inspections (TA) must be completed and finalized by the Fire Prevention Bureau prior to obtaining a final inspection from Development Services for applicants that required a Tank Application (TA) permit from Technical Services. Call 619-533-4400 for more information.
  • PDF icon Construction Industry Exposure Prevention Plan outlines an effective response to a potential exposure event, and to promote preventative workplace habits in order to mitigate transmission of the virus between employees, contractors, etc.