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101-E Mounts Bay Rd.

Williamsburg, VA 23185

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jamescitycountyva.gov

 

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Minimum Required Inspections Schedule

 

Footing

To be made after basement or footing trenches are excavated and forms, where applicable, are erected. All reinforcement steel, when required, must be in place and anchored. This inspection must be made prior to pouring concrete. Foundation inspections for projects using slab on grade (monolithic pour) construction are included with this inspection. The inspector will also check for the required erosion control measures as shown on the approved site plan. If these items (e.g., silt fence, construction entrance, etc.) are not properly installed, the Engineering and Resource Protection Division will be contacted to take further action. Structures with reinforcing steel that is ½-inch or larger and 20 foot or longer must have a grounding electrode system installed per National Electrical Code 250.50 (3). This will be inspected at the same time as the footing inspection.

Foundation

Masonry Foundation Wall Inspection - The foundation block must be completed to the level of the established grade, and be continuous over any steps or grade changes. Piers must be complete to the level of established grade and any brick or other veneer must also be in place. All bonding or other lateral support of intersecting walls must be complete and visible. All form boards or step boards must be removed and the foundation trench ready for backfilling. The top of the footings must be clean and clearly visible. Inspectors will not wait more than several minutes until the footing is made visible if they arrive and find it has been covered.

Floor Joist Inspection - To be made after load-bearing walls to the first floor sill height have been erected, beams and floor-joists have been installed, and grading within the perimeter walls has been completed. Sub-flooring shall not be installed before this inspection has been approved.

Damp-Proofing Inspection - Basements must be inspected for damp-proofing, drains, and gravel before being backfilled.

Framing

To be made after the roof, all framing firestopping, blocking and bracing is in place, and the sub-flooring has been installed. Do not install insulation before the framing inspection is approved. The building should be "weathered in" including windows, doors, and roof shingles for this inspection. The inspector will also check the condition of the required erosion control measures. If the erosion control measures are not in good condition, the JCC Environmental Division will be contacted to take further action.

NOTE:  Our current web-based inspection request system (ePermit website link) does not automatically schedule trade inspections with framing requests. It is helpful but not mandatory to schedule trade inspections all on the same if possible for new contruction. We will not conduct a framing inspection unless all trades have passed or are at a minimum scheduled at the same time as the framing inspection for any residential and most commercial projects. Partial framing inspections may be done on a case-by-case basis on some commercial projects. Framing inspections scheduled without the proper trade permits and inspections will automatically be cancelled.

Insulation

To be made when all required insulation has been installed after all ____ rough-in and framing inspections have been approved. In the event that the contractor intends to use blown-in insulation in the ceilings, that portion of this inspection may be delayed until and during the final inspection.

Exception: Insulation between slabs and exterior walls will be inspected during the foundation inspection.

Fireplace

Where there is to be a fireplace(s) installed in a building, this inspection must take place while combustible clearances can be inspected. This must be before the interior is insulated and sheetrocked, but may be after the fireplace is finished. This includes all types of fireplaces; masonry, prefabricated and gas ventless.

Plumbing

Water and Sewer - To be made after all water and sewer lines are installed from the water and sewer mains (or wells and septic tanks) to the structure. Trench must be open and all lines accessible to the inspector.

Rough-in Inspection - Under-slab inspection to be made prior to pouring concrete (under-slab). Rough-in inspection after all interior piping (water and sewer) has been installed and tested, and prior to concealment. Rough-in inspection will be conducted for residential construction on the same day the general contractor requests the framing inspection.

Final Inspection - To be made after all plumbing work has been done and all appliances involving water and/or sewer connections have been installed.

Mechanical

Rough-in Inspection - Under-slab inspections to be made prior to pouring concrete. Rough-in inspection to be made after the installation of all equipment, duct work, gas lines, fuel storage tanks, etc., and prior to covering and concealment. This rough-in inspection is conducted for residential construction on the same day the general contractor requests the framing inspection.

Final Inspection - To be made after all heating, ventilating, air conditioning installations have been completed and tested.

Electrical

Rough-in Inspection - Under-slab inspection required prior to pouring concrete. Rough-in inspection to be made after all interior wiring and electrical equipment has been installed, but prior to covering or concealment and prior to installation of any insulation. This rough-in inspection will be conducted for residential construction on the same day the general contractor requests the framing inspection. All electrical contractors will have the option to have the electrical meter release inspection for one and two family residences performed on the same day as the electrical rough-in inspection. The following requirements must be in place at this release/rough-in electrical inspection:

  1. The grounds and neutrals in the electrical panel must be terminated.
  2. The meter base must be mounted.
  3. The service cable must be terminated.
  4. A GFI receptacle must be installed in the washer outlet.
  5. The panel cover shall be installed with two screws only, and the screws shall be only finger tight.
  6. One 20-Amp breaker shall be installed in the panel for the washer outlet ONLY.

If all of the above-listed items are not completed at the time of the electrical rough-in inspection, the rough-in may be approved but the meter will not be released until the electrical trim-out has been completed and inspected.

Final Inspection - To be made after electrical work is complete and power is turned on. Just because power is on, it does not mean you may occupy or use the structure.  You must have a  Certificate of Occupancy first!

Gas

Rough-in inspection required after installation of all lines and after the pressure test is completed, but before concealment of any lines and fittings. This rough-in inspection will be conducted for residential construction on the same day the general contractor requests the framing inspection. Final inspection required after hookup of all gas appliances. Gas service will not be released to the utility company for connection until these inspections are approved. If service is interrupted, new pressure tests and inspections may be required prior to release to the utility company.

Final Building Inspection

To be made after the building has been completed and ready for occupancy. This inspection will not be made until all required electrical, plumbing, and mechanical final inspections have been made and the work approved. A Certificate of Use and Occupancy is issued only after completion of this inspection. The structure may not be used or occupied in whole or part until issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. The disturbed area of the property must be stabilized or the required erosion control measures must be in good condition at the time of the final inspection.

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