The City of Palm Desert, Department of Building and Safety ensures that new and remodel construction adheres to the requirements of all City ordinances and the California Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Energy Codes. Issuing building permits, conducting field inspections, and performing plan reviews, achieve this goal.

Special Inspection

The California Building Code has provisions for special inspectors. Commencing with the 1937 U.B.C., it set forth a number of situations in which the employment of a special inspector is mandatory. For the first time, the owner was required to provide specially qualified inspectors for continuous inspection during construction in addition to called inspections provided by the municipality and in addition to periodic site visits provided by the architect or engineer.

A special inspector is a person who has been approved by the building official to perform certain types of inspection. The use of special inspectors is reserved for complex installations requiring certain highly developed inspection skills in one or more construction crafts. These generally include:

  1. Inspection of fabricators (1704.2.5)
  2. Special Cases (Epoxy etc...) (1705.1.1)
  3. Steel Construction / Welding / High-strength bolting (1705.2)
  4. Concrete construction (1705.3)
  5. Masonry construction (1705.4)
  6. Vertical masonry foundation elements (1705.4.2)
  7. Wood construction (1705.5)
  8. Soils (1705.6)
  9. Deep driven foundation (1705.7)
  10. Cast-in-place deep foundations (1705.8)
  11. Helical pile foundations (1705.9)
  12. Special inspection for wind resistance (1705.10)
  13. Special inspection for seismic resistance (1705.11)
  14. Testing and qualification for seismic resistance (1705.12)
  15. Sprayed fire-resistant materials (1705.13)
  16. Mastic and intumescent fire-resistant coatings (1705.14)
  17. Exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) (1705.15)
  18. Fire-resistant penetrations and joints (1705.16)
  19. Special inspection for smoke control (1705.17)

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