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Required Inspections

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Be sure your building is set back from all property lines and streets the proper distance. The following inspections are required during construction:


  • Footing, prior to placing concrete. Grade stakes must be in place.
  • Slab, prior to concrete.
  • Framing, prior to interior covering. Marriage wall connections on modulars. Above ceiling on commercial.
  • Note: All rough-ins must be complete before framing can be inspected.
  • Note: All foundation walls, including decks, must be 10 feet from septic tank.
  • Insulation.
  • Sprinkler system & related piping.
  • Final, when building is complete and ready to occupy.


  • Ground Work, before floor is poured.
  • Rough-In, before any work is covered. Water or air test required.
  • Water & sewer lines when on public utilities.
  • Final when fixtures are set and connections made.


  • Temporary service.
  • Ground work before ditch is covered or floor is poured.
  • Rough-In before any work is covered. Above ceiling on commercial.
  • Service before permanent elec. service is connected.
  • Final when service is connected and building is complete.


  • Duct work installed but before insulation covers joints.  Above ceiling on commercial.
  • Gas Line.
  • Final, when heating & air conditioning units ready for operation.
  • Commercial range hoods & hood suppression systems.

Note: Inspections must be requested no later than 4:00 PM the working day before. Time of day for inspection is not guaranteed.

Final Occupancy

  • A Certificate of Occupancy will be required before any building is occupied. A Certificate of Occupancy may only be obtained after all final inspections are approved, and an approved operation permit for sewage and water is acquired from the Health Department. Two working days are required to process a Certificate of Occupancy after all approvals are received.
Last updated: 10/26/2007 5:43:17 AM


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