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2. Plan review services...of construction documents including plans, engineering data, energy conservation reports, fire sprinkler and fire alarm plans for compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.
3. Permit issuances...for building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fire sprinkler and fire alarm construction, alteration or installation work.
Other services provided by the Building Inspection Division include off hour inspections, time extensions for building permits, inspection of fire sprinkler systems for one and two family dwellings, code interpretation consultation, and inspections of daycare facilities located in single family dwellings for 14 or fewer children.
Inspections are performed between 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
*Calls received after 4:30pm will be scheduled the next business day. To receive a morning inspection you need to request your inspection before 12:00pm. Any calls received after will be scheduled for the afternoon.
Before calling for an inspection you must have the following information:-Permit number -Contractor's name and phone number -Project address, including floor number, suite number etc.. -Provide inspection code desired -Date of desired inspection
Foundation: A foundation inspection shall be scheduled when the trenches are excavated, forms and steel reinforcing bars are in place, but prior to concrete being poured.
Under Floor: An inspection shall be scheduled after all under floor framing, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical is complete and before insulation and the sub-floor is installed.
Roof Nail: A roof nail inspection is required after the roofing deck is installed and before applying any roofing materials.
Exterior Shear Nail: A shear nail inspection is required after the shear walls are installed and before any exterior protection in applied.
Fire Inspection: A residential fire sprinkler system inspection is required for piping, hangers and sprinkler location before the rough framing inspection.
Rough Frame: The rough framing inspection shall be scheduled after the roof and walls are weather tight. All rough framing, rough electrical, rough plumbing, and rough mechanical shall be completed prior to the inspection. Also, if automatic fire sprinklers are installed, a fire inspection shall be completed prior to a rough framing inspection.
Electrical: A rough electrical inspection shall be scheduled after all the electrical wiring is run and before the receptacles are installed. If a rough framing inspection is required, the electrical system will be inspected at that time. After all the work is completed, a final inspection shall be scheduled and the electrical fixtures and receptacles will be inspected.
Plumbing: • Under floor plumbing: When all under floor work is installed, at under floor inspection. Drainage systems shall be tested and inspected while under 10 foot headwater test and water piping shall be tested under working pressure. • Rough plumbing: A rough plumbing inspection shall be scheduled after all the plumbing systems (drainage, vents, water and gas piping) are completed. If a rough framing inspection is required, the plumbing system will be inspected at that time. Drainage and vent systems shall be tested and inspected while under 10 foot headwater and water piping shall be tested under working pressure. • Main Sewer Line: The main sewer line and its connection to the public sewer shall be scheduled for a water test inspection. • Gas Lines: All gas lines and systems require an inspection before connections are made to the supply lines. If a rough framing inspection is required, the inspection for the gas line shall be inspected along with the rough frame. For the inspection, the installer shall supply equipment to conduct an air pressure test of ten pounds for 15 minutes to be verified by the Building Inspector.
Mechanical: • Under floor inspection: An inspection is required for under floor ducts or vents. If an under floor inspection is required, the mechanical ducts and vents will be inspected at that time. • Rough mechanical: A rough mechanical inspection shall be scheduled after the mechanical system, heat ducts, exhaust and vent ducts are installed. If a rough framing inspection is required, the inspection for the mechanical system shall be inspected along with the rough frame
Lath and Plaster: An inspection shall be scheduled to inspect the attachment (screwing or nailing) of all firewalls and water-resistant wallboard. An inspection shall also be scheduled to inspect the attachment for all exterior lath. • Insulation: All required insulation shall be inspected after installation and before the material is covered.
Final Inspection: When all work is completed a final inspection shall be scheduled prior to occupancy or use of the area. If automatic fire sprinklers were installed, a final inspection from the Fire Inspector shall be scheduled and approved prior to scheduling the final Building inspection.
The Property owner must supply the Building Official with a "notice of final inspection" by the special inspection agency before your job can be "finalized" by the City Building Inspector.
If you have any questions about the special inspection requirements you should contact the plan checker assigned to your project. Field problems with special inspection should be brought to the attention of you City Building Inspector.
*All new water services installed or modified as part of a residential fire sprinkler system installation must be flushed and witnessed by the inspector PRIOR to connecting to the fire sprinkler system. Failure to do so will result in the contractor disconnecting the fire sprinkler system from the water service and back flushing the fire sprinkler system.
*Please be aware that a framing inspection for your project cannot be scheduled until the fire sprinkler rough inspection has been approved.
Call (650) 522-7940Bureau of Fire Protection and Life Safety
Normal Business Hours:8:00am to 12:00 noon1:00pm to 5:00pm
Inspections are performed between:9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Only the contractor under permit may request the inspection. The following minimum information is required at time of requesting an inspection:
1. Permit Number__________.2. Contractors Name and Phone No.3. Project Address, including floor and suite #.4. Type of inspection desired.
Fire Sprinkler systems and/or Fire Alarm systems may take more than the typical one hour inspection time allotted and may require more than one inspector to be scheduled. The contractor will be responsible for scheduling the appropriate inspection time and number of inspectors, technicians, etc.
Contact your Fire Inspector (number listed above) if you have any questions, before scheduling an inspection.
The installation contractor shall be on site at time of inspection and provide, at a minimum, the following:
The original approved plans and specification sheets, test reports, any written agreements, and two complete copies of as built drawings, if determined necessary by the Fire Inspector. Failure to comply will result in the inspections not taking place, and may result in additional inspection charges.
To avoid last-minute delays, we recommend that contacts with the field Fire Inspector be made early in the project. Final inspections should be made a minimum of two weeks before the intended occupancy date.