What type of building inspections are required?

Building Inspections:


• Foundation Inspection: When the excavation for footings is complete and footing forms and required reinforcing steel and structural embedment are in place, but before any concrete is placed. (Also needed are separate underground electrical, plumbing and mechanical inspections).


Exterior Shear inspection:  When all exterior sheer elements are in place & correctly nailed, all required hardware (straps, clips, holdowns, ties & caps) are installed.


Roof Sheathing Inspection: When all roof framing members are installed and the plywood or other sheathing is complete along with any required strapping.


Wood Framing Inspection: When all roof, walls and floor framing, fire blocking, draft stopping and all pipes, chimney, vents and duct work are in place, but before any work is covered. Wood framing inspection will not be approved until rough mechanical, electrical, and plumbing inspections are completed.


Insulation Inspection: When all thermal insulation is in place but before it is concealed. Inspect state energy requirements stated on the approved plans.


Lath and/or Gypsum Board Inspection: After all lath and gypsum board is in place but before any stucco is applied, or before gypsum board joints and fasteners are taped and finished.


Reinforced Masonry Inspection: In grouted masonry before any units are laid up, all steel must be tied and in place ready for concrete foundation pour. Grout inspection is required after units are laid. Final inspection is required after cells are grouted and cap is installed.


Structural Steel Inspection: When structural steel members are in place and required connections are complete but before concealing any members or connections. Certificates of Compliance are to be given to the City Inspector.


Re-roof Inspection: Sheathing inspection and building final inspection. 

Electrical Inspection:


Underground: After conduit or cable has been installed in trench but not covered.


Rough wiring: Before any part of the work is concealed and prior to framing inspection. Telephone, television, intercom, security, doorbell and thermostat cable need to be in place for rough inspection. Compliance with Title 24 Requirements for Residential Lighting is checked.


• Final: When all fixtures, appliances, and systems are in place and connected.

Plumbing Inspections:


Underground or sub-floor plumbing: After material has been installed and tested, including sewer.  Sewer Cap, is inspected for demolition projects.


Rough plumbing: Before any part of the work is concealed (including shower pan hot mop), prior to framing inspection and after roofing is installed.


Gas piping test: After lath or gypsum board has been installed.


• Shower pan.


• Final: After all fixtures are in place and connected.

Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Inspections:


• Underground/Sub-floor duct inspection.


Rough: Before any part of the work is concealed, metal fireplace rough, prior to framing inspection and after roofing is installed.


• Final: All appliances and equipment are in place and connected (Performance test may be required).

Final Inspection:


• Call for final inspection when the construction has been completed.


• All external surfaces must be painted, or otherwise sealed, weather-stripping must be installed on all new windows and doors, and all electrical or plumbing fixtures have been installed. Interior painting, wallpapering, or carpeting need not be complete.

 Smoke & Carbon Monoxide alarms must be installed as required by the latest edition of the California Residential Code.

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3. Violations and Penalties
4. If my project was permitted under the 2019 California Building Standards Code and I need to revise my approved plans, which edition of the codes will be applicable?
5. My Permit has expired. What's next?
6. Who do I call if my building is in the unincorporated area, not the Rancho Palos Verdes?
7. Legalize Unpermitted Work
8. When Do I Need a Demolition Permit?
9. Where can I find the original plans for my house?
10. What is the California Building Standards Code?
11. Why do I need a building permit?
12. Can I apply for a permit online?
13. When are permits needed?
14. Can plan check be done over the counter?
15. What type of building inspections are required?
16. Do I need Sanitation District or septic tank approval for my plans?
17. How can I check my permit Inspection results?
18. Emergency repairs without a permit?
19. How do I contact a Building Inspector?
20. Work exempt from permit's?
21. How do I schedule inspections?
22. Do you have plans of my home?
23. Does my contractor need a license?
24. Do all building permits need inspections?
25. Can I view the permit history of a property online?
26. What If I begin work without a permit?
27. Who owns a permit?
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29. Do all permits need a "Final" inspection?
30. Who do I contact about plan check review comments?
31. How long does a plan check take?
32. What do you do if you need to Abandon a Septic Tank?
33. Does my retaining wall need a permit?
34. Do you have Geology/ Tract Files? Can they be emailed?
35. How much will my building permit cost?
36. Do field changes (modifications to approved plans) need to be approved?
37. Do I need to hire someone to draw my plans for me?
38. Can I live in my garage?
39. Can I perform work as owner/builder on my commercial property?
40. How do I check on the plan review status of my permit?
41. Can I do the work myself or do I have to hire a contractor?
42. Can I be my own General Contractor or Owner/Builder?
43. Why are all contractors (the electrician, the plumber, the general contractor, etc.) required to be licensed in the City?
44. What is the maximum window U-factor and SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient)?
45. Do I need a permit to replace my driveway or sidewalk or to add Hardscaping?
46. What are setbacks for a property?
47. Why am I being subjected to enforcement when my neighbors are doing the same thing?
48. How do I make a Code Enforcement complaint?
49. How can i find out where my property line is located?
50. How do I legalize an addition or dwelling unit built without permits?
51. How do I get a permit to have a dumpster on the street for my construction debris?
52. How Long are Plan Checks and Permits Valid?
53. How do I expedite a plan check?
54. When may I start building?
55. How can I get a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O)?
56. Do I need a permit for a storage shed, playhouse, etc.?