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- All About Inspections -


Q:  How do I schedule an inspection?

A: You can request an inspection by calling the Building and Safety Division’s Automated Inspection line (818) 224-1738. Before you call, be sure to have the following information available:

  1. The Permit Number (this number is printed on your permit in the upper right-hand corner).

  2. The date you would like to have the inspection performed (example: 02/20...there is no need for the year).

Inspection requests received before 7:00 am can be scheduled for an inspection on the same day. If you need to coordinate a special inspection time with the Building Inspector, then give them a call between 7:30 am and 9:00 am the morning of the inspection date to arrange an approximate inspection time. The Building Inspectors will do their best to accommodate your needs, but keep in mind that they will be inspecting between 10 to 15 different projects on any given day and may not always be able to be in your area during the time you request.

Q: What paperwork am I required to leave on the job site for
      the Inspector?
A:  The Building Inspector will need to have your Permit Inspection Card as well as the Approved Plans on the job site in order to perform the inspection. The Approved Plans are the plans that the City’s Building and Safety Division stamped "APPROVED".
Q: Does someone need to be at the job site for the inspection?
A: 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.

Q: How can I find out if an inspection was approved?

A: 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.

Q: What does the Inspector need to inspect?

A: 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   Framing
Slab   Insulation

Grout Lift

Roof Sheathing   Fireplace
Lath   Scratch Coat

T-bar ceiling grid


Underground plumbing and electrical

Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical (rough and final)

And many others, depending on the type of work being done.

Q: What is a Special Inspector?
A: In addition to the inspections provided by the regular City Building Inspectors, the Uniform Building Code mandates that the owner or the engineer or architect acting on behalf of the owner employ one or more special inspectors who shall provide inspections during construction on certain types of critical structural elements. It is critically important to note that these Special Inspectors are not on the project in lieu of the regular City Building Inspector, but rather they are on the project in addition to the regular City Building Inspector.

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