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Building Code Inspections

This page outlines required building code inspections and how to schedule them.

Revised: September, 2010

The following inspections and tests (if applicable) are required during construction of a building:

You must schedule each inspection by calling at least one day in advance, or before 7:30 AM on the day you wish the inspection. The 24 hour inspection request (message phone) number is 360-417-2518 or 360-417-2548. A $50 (fifty dollar) reinspection fee could be assessed if you request an inspection and are not ready, or if your plans and/or permit are not on jobsite.

Foundation

  • Call for footings and wall inspections after the forms are up and the reinforcing steel is in place.
  • Separate inspections are required if footings and walls are poured separately.
  • A copy of the reinforcing steel requirements is available at the Building Division.
  • Be sure footings are placed directly on undisturbed ground.
  • You must comply with setbacks as described on the approved plot plan.
  • Property lines must be identified by owner or contractor.

Plumbing

  • Call for plumbing inspections before framing inspection or at the same time.
  • A water or air test is required on all drainage, waste, and vent pipes, except that plastic pipe shall not be tested with air.  The test must be left on until inspection is complete.
  • Water lines are tested with existing water pressure or 50 psi air test with a gauge.
  • Shower Pan (filled with water) prior to tile work.
  • Fire sprinkler system piping, if applicable, would be inspected under a separate permit.

Mechanical

  • Call for mechanical inspections after furnace and ducts are in.
  • Permits and inspections are required for new installation of woodburning stoves and heaters, and on the chimney/vent/appliance clearances.

Framing/Airseal

  • Call for framing inspections after plumbing and electrical systems are approved and before interior walls are insulated or covered. Call Washington State Electrical Inspector for electrical inspections (417-2700) (1605 E. Front St., Port Angeles).
  • Building must be weathertight.
  • Fireplace and woodstove chimneys must be complete.
  • Bath and kitchen vent ducting must be installed.
  • Sheer wall nailing pattern, prior to siding. Seismic straps and shear wall nailing prior to siding.
  • Seal penetrations in bottom and top plates, electrical outlet boxes, door and window frames and other envelope openings (see air leakage brochure for details).

Energy

  • Insulation inspection and vapor barrier.

Drainage

  • Drywells will be inspected in conjunction with another building inspection before being covered and must be complete by the final inspection.

Final Inspection

  • PRIOR TO CALLING FOR FINAL INSPECTION contact the Environmental Health Department at 360-417-2506 for septic final approval and the Public Works Department at 360-417-2579 for drainage final approval.
  • Call for final inspection BEFORE you move in.
  • All exterior building elements shall be provided.
  • Plumbing fixtures must be installed and in operation.
  • Smoke detectors must be installed and operational.
  • Required exits must be provided.
  • Required hand and guardrails must be installed.
  • Firewalls must be completed and adequate.

Mobile Homes

  • Foundation inspection.
  • Call for inspection after plumbing is hooked up, and anchors and blocking are complete, and once cross-over ducting is connected.
  • Call for final inspection after skirting is installed and decks and landings and steps are complete.

Reminder...

Your building permit is good for two years as long as work is progressing. Renewals may be available (CCC 21.01.110).