Inspections

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

Schedule an inspection by:

Book Online

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

Email

How to book an inspection online

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 of 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 before 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 before the placement of any concrete. (Damp-proofing inspections require a Drainage Permit.)

Sheathing

An inspection of the completed exterior sheathing of a building before 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 engineer's 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 before the installation of any wallboard, panelling or interior finishes. Exterior building paper must be in place before installing the insulation. For new houses, provide a House Performance Report (mid-construction).



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 the time of final building inspection includes Schedule C-B's from a structural engineer, geotechnical engineer and building envelope consultant, final survey by BCLS showing all buildings and structures, including retaining walls, and final mechanical ventilation checklist. 

Final building approval must be received before the building or any portion of the building which has been renovated is occupied.

For new houses, a House Performance Report (as-built) is required.

BC Energy Step Code

Confirmation of Required Documentation for Non-Single-Family Dwellings

Inspections for Commercial Tenant Improvements

Final Mechanical Inspection

An inspection after all plumbing fixtures and systems have been installed and are operating with hot and cold water. Learn more about required mechanical inspections.

Final Electrical Inspection

A final electrical inspection is required after completion of all electrical work and will close the permit. Ensure everything is complete, including panel labels, all plates and fixtures are installed, and all exterior electrical work is complete. Learn more about required electrical inspections

Schedule An Inspection

Book Online

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

Email

Hazardous Material Survey and Clearance Report

All single family renovations or additions require a hazardous material survey and clearance report.

Inspections will not be performed until documentation is provided on-site.

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