Required Inspections

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All Inspection Requests require a minimum of 24 hours prior notice and the permit number

(Per section 113.7 of the USBC, the Building Department has 2 working days to complete Inspections)


  1. Footing (prior to pouring concrete: excavation is complete, reinforcement and grade stakes are installed)
  2. Slab (prior to pouring concrete: reinforcement installed; any below slab insulation, plumbing or electrical installed and tested)
  3. Foundation/Floor joist/Projection (sill plate with anchor bolts & floor joists, prior to sub floor).
  4. All modular homes and new foundations for elevation projects must have a Foundation Inspection prior to setting the home on the new foundation.
  5. Rough In: plumbing, electrical and mechanical prior to concealment. 

    Note: with the adoption of the 2015 USBC, duct testing is now mandatory (N1103.3.3)

  6. Framing (building needs to be weather tight, roof complete and windows/doors installed and taped/sealed). An exterior veneer inspection may be requested for siding/veneer installation (prior to the interior framing being complete).
  7. Insulation (spray foam insulators must leave job card with product info and ICC-ESR or similar type data). All insulation materials must be labeled per the USBC.
  8. Fire resistant rated construction (garage-dwelling separation, fire walls, fire barriers, smoke barriers, etc)
  9. New electrical service/reconnect (with 2 ground rods or USBC approved grounding system & one GFCI electrical receptacle)
  10. Temporary electrical power (with ground rod, GFCI electrical receptacle and approved Dominion VA Power set-up or configuration)
  11. Gas lines (with 15 pounds of pressure on a 30 pound gauge; or half the gauge pressure)
  12. Fireplace-chimney throat (when first flue tile is installed)
  13. Marriage wall (for manufactured & modular homes)
  14. Manufactured home/on-frame modular: piers, tie downs and ground anchors
  15. Final inspection (all work must be complete).


NOTE: All projects in a flood zone (SFHA) must have an elevation benchmark set prior to any inspection (and the work beginning).

A copy of the approved plans must be onsite and available to the Building Official or Inspector at all times.

If a Certificate of Occupancy is to be issued, the Building Department must have a copy of the following (prior to the Final Inspection): an elevation certificate prepared by a RDP for buildings located in flood zones (SFHA); Virginia Department of Health approval for well & septic (or verification of HRSD connection). A statement from the Virginia Department of Health indicating the well & septic systems are safe, adequate and proper will meet this requirement.


Manufactured homes must have USBC approved steps and skirting installed prior to the Final Inspection and a Certificate of Occupancy being issued.


Pools require (at a minimum) a bonding inspection, a hydrostatic pressure test of the circulation system and a Final Inspection with an approved Barrier per the USBC & the ISPSC.


Per the USBC (State Building Code) and the Code of Virginia (State Law), a Certificate of Occupancy shall be obtained prior to occupancy of any building or structure.