Field Inspections

Frequently Asked Questions

The easiest way is to use the automated inspection request system. To schedule an inspection for the next work day, you must schedule ​before 3:00 p.m.​ The system is available to callers seven days a week at 916 875-5296.​

You must be a registered user and logged into your account to schedule inspections and select the correct inspection code.

  1. Register for an account in the online permit services system.
  2. Log to your new account.
  3. "Search" for your Permit Case. 
  4. Scroll down & click on the underlined permit number.
  5. In the inspections section; Click the "Schedule" option to the right.
  6. Select AM or PM but times are not guaranteed.

Enter any special notes and a contact number and click the "Schedule Inspection" button.

No, We cannot schedule a specific time for your inspection. The inspector may be able to give you a window of time that he or she will be there. It is advised you call the inspector directly the morning of the inspection.

For home projects:

  • Once your inspector signs off the completed work, the building permit and project are complete. No certificate of occupancy is needed. 
  • Keep all records of your project in the event you sell your home. 

Commercial projects may receive a Certificate of Occupancy.

At the time of inspection, make sure the following are available on-site:

  • Access to the area of work
  • Approved set of plans (if plans were required)
  • A ladder to access roof or attic​ 
  • The job jacket

During this stage, a building inspector actually visits the building or facility location to check (inspect) that construction is consistent with the approved building plans and required building and safety codes.

  • Homeowners or their contractors contact Building Inspection and request an inspection at necessary stages in the construction process. If the inspector finds problems with the construction a "Notice of Correction" will be issued.
  • The problems must be corrected before calling for another inspection. The approved building plan includes information that shows where and how all foundations, structures, and utilities (electrical, plumbing, gas) must be constructed and installed for the project.
  • The contractor or the homeowner must request an inspection by calling  916-875-5381 or requesting an inspection on-line.

  • Construct the project as required by the approved building plan.
  • Call for an inspection before placing concrete or "covering" the construction and going to the next stage of construction. 
  • Be sure the project phase is actually complete and ready for inspection before calling. 
  • Inspection sequence will vary based on construction type and scope of work. Consult your inspector for the appropriate inspection schedule.

Once you obtain a permit you can commence with the work. However, work must be inspected before any phase is concealed or "covered" by the next phase. 

If you are unsure of when to call for inspection, please contact Building Permits and Inspection to find out (916) 875-5296