Inspections Required

In general, all work must be inspected before it is covered. Specifically, inspections are to be obtained as required by the California Codes. It is the responsibility of the individual who obtained the permit to call for, arrange access and obtain all required inspections.

On a typical construction project, inspections normally obtained include:

  • Foundation
  • Framing
  • Blind wall
  • Insulation
  • Dry wall
  • Final

At the framing inspection, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical rough-in inspections are also done.

Roofing Inspection

On a permit to install a new roof, generally two inspections are required: an in-progress inspection and a final. The inspector needs to see the materials being installed. When new wood decking is being installed in conjunction with the roof, an inspection will need to be obtained prior to covering the decking to verify correct nailing.

Final Inspection

A final inspection is required upon completion of the work before use or occupancy of the improvements may occur.

Schedule / Request an Inspection

Inspections are scheduled by calling the responsible division or department. Inspection scheduling telephone numbers are:

  • Bayshore Sanitary District: 415-467-1144
  • Building Division: 650-991-8061
  • Engineering Division: 650-991-8064
  • Fire Department: 650-991-8138

For more information on which department or division performs the inspection you need, or to learn more about what is entailed in a specific inspection, visit the Building Project Inspections page.

Building Division Inspections

*Expect delays in inspections due to staffing shortages*

To schedule/request an inspection with the Building Division, phone 650-991-8061 or email the following details to the Building Division at least two days before you need the inspection:

  1. Correct permit number
  2. Jobsite address
  3. Name of jobsite contact
  4. Contact phone number
  5. Type of inspection(s)

Normal inspection hours are between 8:30 am and 5 pm. Please be sure to have your permit number ready when calling.

Canceling Inspections

To cancel an inspection, please call during normal business hours no later than the morning of the scheduled inspection.

Roofing Inspection Special Circumstances

For roofing inspections only, in special circumstances due to weather conditions, inspections arranged by 10 am may be done the same day.