Inspections

Once your permit has been issued and work completed, it must be inspected.

Schedule an inspection by:

Email

604-925-7041 (24-hour message line).

Please provide these details in your message:

  • type of inspection e.g. framing, water service, rough-in electrical, etc.
  • your permit number (BPXXXXX for Building, PLXXXXX for Plumbing, DRXXXXX for Drainage, SPXXXXX for Sprinkler, HWXXXXX for Hot Water Heating, ELXXXXX for Electrical)
  • address of the job site
  • the date for the inspection, if not for the same day.

Please note: requests received by 8 a.m. Monday to Friday can be completed that day.

Inspections are required for the following:

Forms

An inspection of concrete form work prior to any concrete being placed on a site. A survey certificate from a BCLS must be on the site showing the location of the forms and include the elevations of any hubs or pour strips. (See WorksafeBC Policy regarding excavation construction site safety)

Slabs

An inspection of the poly and ground preparation under a slab prior to the placement of any concrete. (Damp-proofing inspections require a Drainage Permit.)

Sheathing

An inspection of the completed exterior sheathing of a building prior to the installation of any building paper.

Framing

An inspection of the building framework can occur once all framing is completed and only following approval of the rough-in wiring, plumbing, sprinklers and sprinkler insulation. The structural engineers approval, sealed truss drawings, building envelope consultant's field review and mechanical ventilation checklist must be provided to the building inspector, on site, at the time of the framing inspection. A survey by a BCLS may be requested at this time to confirm height and siting.

Insulation and Vapour Barrier

An inspection of the thermal insulation and vapour barrier prior to the installation of any wallboard, panelling or interior finishes.  Exterior building paper must be in place before installing the insulation.

Final Inspection

An inspection which is done once all construction is complete. The final plumbing, sprinkler, radiant heating, drainage and electrical work must be inspected before calling for the final building inspection. Documentation to be provided at time of final building inspection includes: Schedule CB's from structural engineer, geotechnical engineer and building envelope consultant, final survey by BCLS and final mechanical ventilation checklist. Final building inspection approval must be received before the building or any portion of the building which has been renovated is occupied.

Mechanical

Drainage

An inspection of damp-proofing, drain-tile and rainwater leaders with all joints primed and glued and the pipe bedded in gravel with the top of the pipe showing (see Drainage Notes ). (See WorksafeBC Policy re Excavation Construction Site Safety).  Note: Drainage permit required for installation and inspection of drain tile, foundation damp-proofing, sanitary and storm sewers, and on-site water service lines.

Sewers

An inspection of the sewer pipe firmly bedded in the trench, test on, and before any backfill. (See WorksafeBC Policy re Excavation Construction Site Safety)

Water Service

An inspection of the pipe in the trench, sand bedding or sleeve, and the water turned on.

DWV and Water Pipes

All DWV and water pipes must be tested and visible for inspection. This inspection must pass before framing inspection can be called.

Heating

All pipes tested with air and visible for inspection. Permanent waterproof labels to be in place on all loops showing: zone number, exact footage, room served, and sub-area for multiple loops in one room. Home runs and headers will be inspected at random times and do not require a separate inspection. Heating pipe inspections must be passed before framing inspection can be called. Design and installation to be in accordance with the current TECA standards. See Hot Water Heating Inspection Requirements - Installation Guide

Sprinkler

All pipes to be tested to 200 PSI and inspected before covering any pipe. No piping permitted to touch electrical wires of any kind. Maintain clearances from pot lights. Frost protection inspection required by plumbing inspector.  Sprinkler rough-in and frost protection must be passed by the plumbing inspector before calling for framing inspection.

Bathtubs and showers

Bathtubs and showers to be properly supported, filled with water, and inspected before drywall.

Final Plumbing Inspection

An inspection after all plumbing fixtures and systems installed and operating with hot and cold water.

Electrical

Electrical Rough-In

An inspection of all electrical wiring that will be covered, including service work and all low voltage. Note: any electrical wiring to be placed underground must first be inspected and approved.

Final Electrical Inspection

An inspection after all electrical panels, fixtures, receptacles and switches have been installed and connected.

Schedule An Inspection

604-925-7041 (24 hours)