What is the inspection process like?
When requesting an inspection, call prior to 2:00 p.m. the day before you want the inspection. We will need to know the owner's name, the address, permit number, type of inspection, and the name of the caller. You may get "the machine" when you call for the inspection, but that's OK, leave all that information, and you'll be put on the list for tomorrow.
The inspectors can’t usually make appointments, but if you call between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., you may be able to speak to them before they hit the streets.
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Please call 954-924-6805 with the following extensions:
Structural, x3653 | Electrical, x3655 | Plumbing, x3654 | Fire, x3739 | Zoning, x3793
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The inspections include but are not limited to: plumbing ground rough; electric ground rough; A/C ground rough; footer; slab; columns; tie-beam; roof sheathing; tin cap; wall sheathing; wire lathe; rough electric; rough A/C; plumbing top out; framing; bucks; windows/doors; framing; insulation; drywall; final; final; final; and final.
If all you did was change your water heater, or put up a fence, we will only come out once when you call for the final inspection.
Very Important: Get that final inspection, and make sure it's approved. If not, and the permit expires, and the matter could result in a Code Compliance Violation Notice being issued.
The permit is good for 180 from the date that it is issued. After that, the permit remains active for 90 day increments between inspections. That means between APPROVED inspections. Notice that word. Because you receive an inspection and fail does not mean you can wait another 3 months. The idea is to get a permit, do your work, get your inspections and get a final.
If you're building a new house or addition, you will need to get a new survey done and submitted for review before you get the inspection for the tie-beam (for block construction) or before the slab inspection (for wood frame). This is how we make sure that you put the building in the right place. It is easier to move form boards than it is to move concrete.
Each approved inspection allows you to move forward to your next phase of work. You can not get your slab inspection approved without having gotten the plumbing in the ground approved. Likewise with the framing: when it is approved, it is OK to hang drywall, but if we did not approve the wiring first, well, better to not have to take the walls apart.
You should always keep your permit card where it can be seen so it is apparent that your work is permitted. When we come out to inspect, the card and the approved plan need to be out where we can see them. After we leave, you can take the plans back in so they won't get rained on or stolen.
You do not need to be home for the inspection, unless of course, the inspectors need to get in your house, in the instance of say, a final A/C, or water heater, or the like. The inspector will not enter your house if you are not there, so don't leave a note and the key!
If it is a roof inspection, you need to supply a ladder. A good one, that is at least 30" higher than the edge of the roof. And please - hold the dogs.

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1. Why do I need a permit?
2. What do I need a permit for?
3. What work can I do as a homeowner?
4. Are there any other places to which I must go?
5. What paperwork is required?
6. How long is the review process?
7. What is the inspection process like?
8. What is a red tag?
9. When is the job complete?
10. Hiring a contractor?
11. What will happen if the homeowner/contractor doesn’t get a permit?