Building Inspections 

Inspection Description and Order

Please review the list and description of the inspections you may need to schedule for your single family residence project. Many of these inspections can be combined or done at one site visit.
  • Setbacks- To determine accurate location of work on the subject property.
  • Footing- Determine size and requirements of footing may be combined with setback inspection.
  • Footing- Post Hole to determine proper size, depth and concrete pad (if required)
  • Stem wall- Determine size and requirements of stem wall, depending on construction may happen concurrently with footing inspection.
  • Strap / Hold down- To Determine the proper location and type of hardware required to secure structure to the foundation (some examples are J Bolts or structural hold downs) or framing member to member (straps or other hardware). Depending on construction type can happen with a framing inspection (hold downs) or Exterior shear wall inspection (straps).
  • Under floor Framing- Prior to cover (subfloor) to determine that floor is correctly framed to plan specifications.
  • Shear wall- Exterior prior to cover (house wrap, siding) to determine sheathing material, nail type, spacing, and properly driven (just past flush, not overdriven)
  • Shear wall- Interior prior to cover (drywall etc.) to determine sheathing material, nail type, spacing, and properly driven (just past flush, not overdriven)
  • Framing- This inspection must be scheduled AFTER L&I has signed off for electrical cover. This is to determine framing members, size and spacing, headers, hardware (brackets, etc.) as well as installation of trusses. Truss specifications must be on site at time if inspection.
  • Plumbing- This inspection is to determine proper fittings, pipe sizing and slope. Fresh water lines need to have a gauge and either be hooked up to water or air tested to 60 PSI. Drain lines must capped and be filled with water to the vent stacks.
  • Propane- This is to determine the correct sizing, type and placement of line. Lines must have a gauge and be charged to 15 PSI. Tanks must be installed to manufactures specifications
  • Insulation- Air Seal this inspection may be concurrent with framing it is to determine that all penetrations to unheated areas are sealed to energy code as well as provide for fire protection.
  • Insulation- Walls, ceiling, floors can happen in one visit prior to covering, (Insulation certificate issued by contractor if used should be provided)
  • Wall Board- This inspection is to determine the type of material and the fastening spacing prior to cover (Drywall compound, Tape)
  • Final Inspection- This is called in at the end when the project is finished. Be sure to have your red fire plate posted for final.