General Inspection Requirements:
*PURSUANT TO THE CURRENT INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE, INSPECTIONS ARE MANDATORY*
*NO WORK SHALL BE COVERED UNTIL REQUIRED INSPECTIONS ARE COMPLETED*
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Radiant Heat tubing -Hydronics: To be made after insulation is in place with vapor barrier, under slab compaction is complete, If installing hydronic tubing it must be in place with a test of 100 psi minimum 15 minutes. Thermal breaks at unheated areas are REQUIRED by WSEC.
- Under Floor Framing: To be made prior to sub-floor 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Electrical: Evidence of rough electrical inspection approval from Labor & Industries is required prior to cover. For Electrical permit requirements, contact L&I @ 647-7300.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 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. DO NOT call for final inspections unless all approved construction is complete or re-inspection fees may apply.)