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HOW TO SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION

To schedule an inspection please email the Department of Building and Safety between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at inspections@cityofpalmdesert.org  If you need additional assistance, please call: (760) 776-6420.

We do not offer same day inspections. If you email after 4:00 p.m. your inspection will be scheduled in two working days. To arrange a window of time or if you would like to speak with your inspector regarding any special arrangements, please call between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM the morning of your inspection.

All inspection requests for morning (A.M.) or afternoon (P.M.) appointments are on an “IF POSSIBLE” basis. To confirm any morning or afternoon appointments you are required to make direct contact with your inspector by calling (760) 776-6420 between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. the day of the inspection.

Inspectors are available in the office between the hours of 7:30–8:00 a.m. and 3:30–5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to discuss project issues or problems, correction notices and any other code related issues.

 

INSPECTION PROCEDURE

The permit applicant is responsible for verifying that all work is complete and is ready for inspection. Reinspections will be conducted after all corrections have been made.

The following inspection sequence will provide you with a basic guideline as to when to call for an inspection. The Building Inspector of Record may allow deviation from standard inspection process if there is sufficient reason or site conditions that allow for an adjustment without causing adverse effects to the design of the building or structure.

FOUNDATION INSPECTION is conducted after excavations for footings have been completed and all forms and reinforcing steel are in place. All underground drain and waste plumbing must be in place with a 10-foot high water test. All required anchors must be fixed in place prior to inspection approval. The main grounding electrodes (UFER) shall be in place.

CONCRETE SLAB INSPECTION will be conducted after grading is complete with the required vapor barrier, sand and reinforcement is installed as per plans. All piping and conduit items must be protected from contact with concrete. This inspection must be performed and approved before placement of concrete.

ROOF SHEATHING INSPECTION will be conducted after all roof sheathing is nailed as per the approved plans and before any roofing materials have been applied or loaded on to the roof. The contractor is responsible to prove ladder/access.

WALL SHEATHING INSPECTION All plywood shear panels on exterior walls must be nailed per the approved plans including any required shear transfer elements (plate nailing, bolting, strapping, and other shear transfer related hardware) and inspected before being covered by exterior finish materials.

FRAME INSPECTION is conducted after all framing has been completed and the roofing material has been loaded. All rough plumbing, fire sprinkler piping, mechanical, and electrical, must be completely installed with all required tests. Windows and exterior doorframes must be in place and properly flashed. Exterior lath nailing inspection can be done during the framing inspection or at a later time, but before the insulation inspection. This is a combination inspection.

INSULATION INSPECTION will be made after all required insulation is in place, windows installed and properly labeled, openings caulked and required sealing completed.

DRYWALL NAILING INSPECTION is done after all drywall and/or interior lath and attachments are fastened in place. This inspection must be completed prior to the scratch coat application and before any drywall finishing is applied. Exterior lath nailing inspection must be approved.

SEWER AND WATER SERVICE CONNECTION BUILDING INSPECTION must be made after the approved piping is in place and the appropriate test is applied. This inspection must be completed prior to any piping being covered.

GAS PIPING TEST:
This inspection shall be made after all piping authorized by the permit has been installed and after all portions thereof which are to be covered or concealed are so concealed and before any fixtures, appliances, or shutoff valve has been attached thereto. This inspection shall include an air, CO2 pressure test, at which time the gas piping shall stand a pressure of not less than ten (10) pounds per square inch gauge pressure for no less than fifteen (15) minutes, with no perceptible drop in pressure. For welded piping, and for piping carrying gas at pressures in excess of fourteen (14) inches water column pressure, the test pressure shall not be less than sixty (60) pounds per square inch gauge pressure for no less than thirty (30) minutes, with no perceptible drop in pressure.

FINAL INSPECTION is made when the structure is ready to occupy. The following list of items must be completed: lot drainage, address posted, plumbing fixtures connected and operable, electrical fixtures in place, insulation certificate posted, structure clean of debris and stored construction materials and wall finishes completed as per approved plans.

In advance of your request for a final inspection, a contractor sub list must be submitted. This will enable the City to ensure that all subcontractors have a city business license. For more information contact (760) 346-0611, ext. 443.

NOTE: The information provided is only a guide. Projects may need more detailed inspections than are listed. If you have questions concerning specific methods of construction, products, or inspections, please consult with your Inspector of Record, or the Department of Building and Safety at (760) 776-6420. A phone call to the Department of Building and Safety could help you avoid the possibility of costly replacement of either defective or unapproved materials.

 

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.  For details please see our informational handout....