Construction projects are inspected at various stages to verify compliance with the approved plans and the construction standards in the California Codes. The minimum inspections consist of Foundation, Framing, Rough Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, Insulation, Drywall, Exterior Lath, Roof Sheathing and Final.

Requesting an Inspection

Inspections are required at various stages of construction. The general contractor/owner-builder or their duly authorized representative is responsible for verifying that all work is complete prior to requesting an inspection of that work. Re-inspections will be made as requested. To schedule an inspection, please call at least 24 hours in advance, 909.394.6260.

What Inspections are Required?

The California Building Code requires completion or progress made by passing an inspection at least every six months to keep the permit valid. The following inspections will be required upon completion of each stage of work:

  • Foundation Forms and Steel Reinforcement before concrete is poured, including rough underground waste plumbing
  • Foundation after a concrete slab pour
  • Plumbing rough and/or electrical rough
  • Plumbing top-out
  • HVAC rough/duct
  • Electrical wall/ceiling rough
  • Framing, including sheer panels (before insulation and drywall)
  • Insulation (walls and ceiling)
  • Drywall
  • Roofing
  • Plumbing, HVAC, and electrical finals
  • Building Final

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my contractor have to request an inspection or can a homeowner?
The homeowner or their contractor can request an inspection.
Do I have to be present for the inspection?
The general contractor, the homeowner or their duly authorized representative must be present. The person must be 18 years of age or older.
Can I request an inspection at a specific time?
No, but you can request a preference for a morning or afternoon inspection and we will make every effort to accommodate your request.
How do I cancel or reschedule an inspection?
To cancel or reschedule an inspection, please call 909.394.6260.
What happens if I cannot start construction within one year of getting my permit?
The California Building Code requires construction to commence within on year from the date the permit was issued to keep the permit valid. You may apply to the City Building Official for a one-time-only extension, for up to six months, “for good and satisfactory reasons” showing that circumstances beyond your control have prevented starting construction.
What happens if I do not pass inspection within six months?
Generally speaking, your building permit will expire if you do not pass a required inspection at least every six months. After six months, before such work can recommence, a new building permit must be obtained and new fees are required.
Can I make changes in work or design?
All changes to the scope of work require City approval.  Please visit the Building and Safety Division to discuss any proposed changes to determine what plan check or other requirements will apply.  Design changes affecting exterior appearance must also be approved by the Planning Division.
Can I change the contractor?
Yes; however, if the contractor signed the building permit, then you must visit the Building and Safety Division to have a new permit issued.  The original contractor may be eligible for a refund of permit fees from the City.
Will the inspector need to go inside my house?
Yes if work is being done inside the home.
Will the inspector need to go into my backyard? Do I need to tie-up my dogs?
Yes if work is being done in that area or work is only visible from the backyard.
Is there a charge for each inspection?
No, inspections are included in the cost of your building permit.
For roofing or work inside the attic, do I have to provide a ladder for the inspector?