What types of inspections are there, and when do I need them? What items should be ready when I request?


SJC Approved plans must be available on the building site at all times. Post your INSPECTION card in a conspicuous place when construction begins and leave it posted until all inspections have been satisfied, it lists the required inspections for your specific project.

Inspections are available on most islands Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. (Summer inspection days may change due to volume, please see our website for more info. (Holidays may change this and we post the changes on our website, plan accordingly). You are required to arrange for inspections in the following manner:

  • Schedule inspections no later than 3pm on the day prior for San Juan, Orcas, Shaw, and Lopez (ferry served islands)
  • Inspection requests are to be submitted online at WWW.Sanjuanco.com/opc OR by voicemail @ 360.378.6270. (listen to prompts and instructions)
  • Outer Island inspections are by appointment only, and must be scheduled 48 hrs in advance. Request process is the same, but coordination with the inspector for transportation is required. The Owner or Contractor will be responsible for getting the inspector TO/FROM the job site safely. Inspectors will call to schedule with the owner/contractor after a request is submitted.
  • Inspection results are available online through the SmartGov Public Portal (PORTAL) and can be accessed @ https://co-sanjuan-wa.smartgovcommunity.com/Public/Home Find your permit and check the Inspection results (Generally available within 24hrs of inspection or less)portal inspection results image
  • When requesting your inspections via voicemail, always include your PERMIT NUMBER AND CONTACT INFORMATION! If you do not include this information you may not receive your desired inspection. Be sure to use a land line, or have a good cell reception when leaving a message. Post the job address at the road or diveway so the site can be found easily by Staff.

General Inspection Requirements:



For your permit, refer to the specific inspection you are requesting. Inspection descriptions are as follows, your permit may not have all inspections, or others that are not listed here:

  1. Foundation Inspection: To be made after building location and setbacks are identified, excavation or trenching is complete, stormwater BMP’s in place, concrete forms or concrete masonry units (CMU) and reinforcing steel is in place, and all foundation vents and block-outs are placed, prior to concrete or grout placement. This inspection would include: footings, piers, slabs, stem walls, grade beams, etc.
  2. Slab Insulation/Under-Slab Plumbing: To be made after slab insulation and all under-slab plumbing or radiant heat coils are installed, prior to concrete placement.
  3. Radiant Heat tubing -Hydronics: To be made after insulation is in place with vapor barrier, under slab compaction is complete, hydronic tubing is in place with a test of 100 psi minimum 15 minutes. Thermal breaks at unheated areas is REQUIRED by WSEC.
  4. Under Floor Framing: To be made prior to subfloor sheathing installation for floor frame systems over crawlspace areas. System design engineering and/or manufacturer’s installation specifications must be on site when applicable. Items to check: sill plate connections, post/beams, floor joist blocking and support, ventilation. Etc.
  5. Shear wall/sheathing: All exterior sheathing is required to be inspected even if not part of the buildings braced wall panels. Exterior plywood/OSB nailing to be verified. Hold downs, straps, proper Anchor bolts/tie downs, top and bottom plate connections, etc, should be in place at this time.
  6. Rough Plumbing & Mechanical: To be made at the same time as the Framing inspection, when all DWV and water piping, mechanical ducts, gas piping (pressure test to 12 psi), and chimneys are installed.
  7. LPG: Fuel tanks, LPG piping and appliances must be inspected. Connections to an existing LPG piping system require a full system re-test for leaks. Tanks have setback requirements per NFPA 58.
  8. Framing (All trades inspection): To be made after structure is enclosed, all roof, wall, and floor framing are installed (and visible), and fire- blocking and bracing are in place. Shear wall nailing and roof or wall sheathing inspections should have been already completed. (Special inspections/structural observations may be required on complex structures.) Electrical inspection should be completed PRIOR to this inspection. All rough in plumbing/mechanical items should be ready.
  9. Insulation: After your framing inspection when all insulation is placed and prior to cover, roofing and siding installation is complete. Certification of insulation by a licensed installer for field applied insulation (spray foam, or BIPS, or other insulation.) Insulation R-values should be visible, and all air sealing completed. U values for windows required.
  10. Electrical: Evidence of rough electrical inspection approval from Labor & Industries is required prior to cover. For Electrical permit requirements, contact L&I @ 647-7300.
  11. Gypsum Wallboard/Fire separation assembly: Only when required by engineer, or fire separated construction, typically where part of an assembly. To be made after gypsum wallboard is installed, before wallboard joints & fasteners are taped and covered.
  12. Other Inspections: When additional project related inspections are required, such as Critical Areas, Environmental Health, Flood, Public works, Shorelines, etc. to be made prior to final inspection when all conditions/requirements are installed and accessible for inspection. These will be listed on your permit and must be completed to satisfy various conditions.
  13. WA State Energy code compliance: At final inspection, Energy code requirements to be verified; blower door test, energy credits, HELA (lighting form), Duct testing if needed etc.
  14. Septic startup-or Non-failing system check: All permits that involve new plumbing, septic systems, or changes to these systems require verification that the septic system has been started up, OR that the existing system is still functioning properly. Verify this with the SJC Health Dept. 360-370-7503
  15. FINAL Occupancy: To be made when building is completed and is ready for occupancy. All previously required inspections must be completed prior to requesting a Final inspection. All new building construction projects require a Certificate of Occupancy. Stand alone Mechanical/plumbing, remodels, additions and repairs do not. Certificate of Occupancy is granted only after all items have passed final inspection. (Temporary Occupancy is not guaranteed and is subject to approval of the Building Inspector/Official. Fees may apply.)

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