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Building Inspections

Dept/Div. Contact:  Building Safety - (209) 577-5232

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Description:  The inspections that follow the issuance of the permit are required to ensure that work completed on your project meets current building codes and standards. Unsatisfactory work, faulty materials or violations of the code could result in unsafe and hazardous conditions for you, your family, your employees or the general public.

Examples: You will need to have your project inspected before any work is covered up.  Inspections are conducted from the ground up and in a specific defined order. You may not move forward in your construction without passing each inspection. For example, you will need to have wiring inspected before putting up any drywall materials. 

Please Note
  • Building Inspectors will not take inspection requests over the phone or in the
  • Do not rely on cellular phones to schedule inspections due to transmission difficulties. 
  • Do not call for inspections on permit numbers that begin with "WTS." 
  • We are unable to accommodate appointments.

Process Overview

Request An Inspection

All inspections must be requested using the City's Automated Phone Permit Access (IVR) system.

 See also:   Inspection Request Procedure

Please provide the following information by following the IVR prompts:

  1. Permit Number
  2. Inspection Code (IVR inspection codes)
  3. Contact phone number

All information must be complete and accurate, otherwise the inspection may not be made.

Inspection Schedule

Inspection requests made before 3 P.M., Monday through Friday, will be completed the following working day. 

Inspection requests made after 3 P.M. Friday, and during the weekend, will be completed the following Tuesday.

Inspection Requirements

Please have all plans on the job site at the time of the inspection.

The project address must be visible from the street.

The stamped "approved" set of plans must be on the site and readily accessible.

Any changes to the stamped plans must be resubmitted to the Building Safety Division for additional review, and then returned to the project site before calling for an inspection that involves the change.

There must be an adult (18 years or older) present for inspection of the interior of an occupied building.

If an adult cannot be present for an inspection of the exterior of an occupied building, a note must be left on the gate of any fenced area giving permission for the inspector to enter the area. 

If you would like to speak with a Building Inspector, please call (209) 577-5232  between 7:30AM & 8AM.

Related Forms & Handouts

These documents are provided in PDF Format. You must have a PDF viewer in order to open these documents. Click here for the free Adobe Acrobat viewer.

Inspection Request Procedure
Provides a brief overview of the City's Automated Phone Permit Access system. (Spanish Document:  El Procedimiento del Pedido de Inspeccion)

Inspection Requirements
Procedural requirements when requesting an inspection

Automated Phone Permit Access (IVR) Inspection Activity Codes
A complete list of inspection activity codes that you will use to schedule your inspections. These are grouped by permit types.

Building Comments & Rejection Codes List
These codes will assist you in interpreting the corrections and comments left by the field inspector after your inspection is made.

IVR Brochure
Tri-fold quick reference guide.

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Have Questions?

Contact the Building Safety Division at (209) 577-5232.

This page was updated on: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 10:03:38 AM




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