Inspection FAQ


Does someone need to be at the job site for the inspection? 
On small residential projects, such as patio, decks, pools and re-roofs, where the work can be inspected without entering the occupied portion of the house or garage, the inspections can be performed without the owner or contractor present. Be sure to allow access to the area to be inspected and make sure that dogs or other animals are secured. If a ladder is required to access the area where the work was performed, have one available for the Inspector to use. Also be sure to leave the Permit Inspection Card and the Approved Plans on the site for the Inspector.On larger projects or projects where the Building Inspector will need to inspect inside the occupied home, an adult will need to be present during the inspection. If a contractor is in charge of the work, we recommend that they be present during the inspection in order to consult with the Inspector if any problems are identified. 


How can I find out if an inspection was approved? 
There are a few different ways that you can find out if the Building Inspector approved an inspection. One way is to visit the job site and look at the Permit Inspection Card. If the inspection was approved, then the Inspector will sign their initials and date that specific inspection entry on the card. If corrections are required, the Inspector will typically write a Correction Notice and leave it with the Permit Inspection Card. 
Another way to check the status of an inspection is to call the Inspector during their morning or evening office hours (7:30 – 9:00 am and 4:00 - 5:30 pm). The best way is to be present during the inspection, that way you can ask the Inspector specific questions about any problems that are identified.


How do I schedule an inspection? 
24 hour advance notice is required by calling (323) 887-1497 during our office hours. Inspection requests will not be honored if request is left on voicemail. Please have job address ready, and specify the type of inspection you are calling in. Appointment times cannot be given and we do expect the job to be ready when the inspector arrives. 


What does the Inspector need to inspect? 

Generally, the building inspector will need to inspect all aspects of the work before it is covered or concealed from view. These inspections are done to assure that the work has been done to a minimum safety standard and that it complies with the Approved plans for the project. The following is a list of the typical inspections that may be required on a project:

  • Foundation
  • Slab
  • Grout Lift
  • Roof Sheathing
  • Lath
  • T-bar ceiling grid
  • Framing
  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Fireplace
  • Scratch Coat
  • Underground plumbing and electrical
  • Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical (rough and final)
  • And many others, depending on the type of work being done.

What paperwork am I required to leave on the job site for the Inspector? 
The Building Inspector will need to have your yellow Permit Inspection Card as well as the Approved Plans on the job site in order to perform the inspection. 

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