Building Inspections

Building inspections ensure that projects are constructed in compliance with codes and the approved permit and plans. View a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Information You Need Before Scheduling an Inspection


Prior to scheduling your inspection, please have the following information available:

  • Project number (last 6 digits), contractor's name and phone number
  • Project address, including floor number, suite number etc.
  • Type of inspection needed
  • Date desired for inspection
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Virtual Inspections

List of Virtual Inspections, all others will be in-person and shall adhere to the Construction Project Safety Protocols from the April 29, 2020 Order of the San Mateo County Health Officer.
 
  • Bathroom and Kitchen Plumbing, Elec., Mech
  • Cell Tower Antenna - New and  Replacements
  • Drywall
  • Exterior Siding
  • Fireplace Inserts
  • Gas Line Air Tests
  • Insulation
  • Light Foundations and Footings
  • Minor Framing and Shear Nail
  • PV Solar - Ground Mount
  • PV Solar - Roof Mount
  • Re-Roofs
  • Rebar, Hold Downs
  • Retaining Wall Footings
  • Sewer Repairs
  • Shower Pan
  • Signs
  • Simple HVAC Change Outs
  • Slab on Grade
  • Stucco Mesh
  • Temporary Power Poles
  • Trash Enclosures
  • UFER Ground
  • Water Heaters
  • Water Re-Pipes
  • Water Service
  • Window Replacements

Schedule an Inspection


There are some important facts to keep in mind when scheduling an inspection:

  • Any next business day inspection requests must be scheduled online before 3:00 pm.
  • The Citizen Self-Service (CSS) portal is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
  • AM/PM inspection requests are only noted as a preference and cannot be guaranteed.
  • Please expect a phone call from your inspector before 9:00 am the morning of your inspection, at which point you will receive your 2-hour inspection window and confirmation of either an in-person or virtual inspection. 
  • Inspections are scheduled in the order they are received until all available inspection slots are filled.
  • Inspections are performed between 9:00am-5:00pm.

Cancel an Inspection


Please call (650) 522-7172. We strive to perform timely, accurate, and efficient inspections.