Virtual inspections, an efficient alternative to in-person inspections, enable prompt service, productive follow-ups, and more specific scheduling. Virtual inspections are conducted between a customer and County inspector by using a video call on a smart phone or tablet.
- All building-related inspections (building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy, and Certificate of Occupancy) may be considered for virtual inspections, however, based on the size and/or complexity of the project it may not be possible to conduct virtually. Note:
- Inspection complexity will be determined by the inspector.
- For inspections deemed too complex for virtual completion, the County will accept third-party inspections per the County’s policy on Third-Party Inspectors.
- Customers must have a smartphone or tablet connected to WiFi or 4G wireless service.
- Google Duo (all devices), FaceTime (Apple OS devices), or Microsoft Teams (all devices) is required to host the video call. Check your mobile device’s app store to download. Additional apps may be offered as this program expands.
- Third party engineers or third party agencies must obtain approval prior to conducting a virtual inspection. For approval, submit resumes and proof of certification to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Schedule your inspection. All virtual inspections must be scheduled in advance:
- Schedule a regular inspection (i.e., rough-in concealment, footing, final):
- To schedule energy inspections, contact:
2. Prepare for your virtual inspection:
- Ensure you have the necessary tools (based on the inspection type) readily available. For example, a tape measure, level, GFCI tester, step ladder, and/or flashlight.
- Make sure your mobile device is fully charged.
- Turn off phone or tablet notifications. Notifications can freeze the video feed during the call and could cause delays or require the inspection to be rescheduled.
3. Contact your inspector:
- On the day of your scheduled inspection, determine which inspector has been assigned to conduct your inspection.
- Text your inspector the following information:
- Permit number
- Type of inspection
- Cell phone number of the person that will be walking the inspection site
- E-mail the address of the person that will be walking the inspection site
- Method of video call you intend to use (Google Duo, FaceTime, or Microsoft Teams)
- Your inspector will give you an approximate time window that your inspection will take place.
4. Accept the incoming video call initiated by your inspector at the scheduled time.
5. Walk through your inspection with your inspector, noting the following (if applicable):
- Follow directions from your inspector.
- Begin at street view looking at structure with the address showing.
- Walk the inspection in a clockwise direction.
- Walk the inspection from bottom to top, if multiple floors. If residential, top to bottom to follow load path.
- Make note of any items that require correction.
Your inspector will tell you in the video call if the inspection has passed or failed.
Results will be processed in the permitting system by the end of the day on which the inspection occurred.
If the inspection failed:
- Comments will be available in the permitting system the following day.
- The inspector will determine if additional fee(s) for re-inspection is required.