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Building Inspection Timeframes


Inspection Time Frames 

As of January 24, 2020, the Administrative Division makes every attempt to post the next days inspections online the night before.  If you scheduled an inspection, and you do not see it on the list or a list is not available, or the inspector did not arrive during your posted time frame, please call to confirm your two-hour window. Inspection time frames are subject to change on a case-by-case basis such as inclement weather or short staffing. If in doubt, please call the Planning & Community Development department at (831) 420-5110. 

Scheduling Inspections

Inspections can be scheduled for issued permits by calling (831) 420-5110. Inspection requests made after 3pm do not have the option for the next business day; rather they are scheduled for the second business day to allow us to schedule our routes. 

Changing or Cancelling an Inspection

Scheduled inspections may be cancelled or changed by calling (831) 420-5110. Please give at least an hour’s notice before changing or cancelling an appointment.

Preparing for Your Inspection  

At the time of inspection, make sure the following are available on-site:

  • Please make sure the contractor, superintendent or responsible part has walked the area of work to be inspected for completeness.
  • The Green Job Site Card should be visible from the public right of way
  • Approved plans if plan review was required
  • Your City of Santa Cruz issued permit card
  • Any equipment needed to do the inspection, such as a ladder.

Make sure all work being inspected is visible at the time of inspection. If any work has been covered, you will be asked to uncover it and schedule another inspection and additional fees may be assessed.

Remote Inspections - COVID19 Social Distancing Protocol

Remote inspections are available for most inspections are required for some construction sites. Please refer to the Remote Inspection Guidelines for what is required for a remote inspection. To confirm or schedule an inspection, continue to call (831) 420-5110.

About Inspections

Before you can request an inspection, you must first obtain the required permit(s) for the work you intend to do. Once you obtain a permit you can commence with the work. However, you must call for inspection before you cover or conceal any work.

Work is generally inspected and approved in succession and no work may continue beyond the point indicated in each successive inspection without first obtaining the approval of the inspector. The inspector will make sure that the work is being performed in accordance with the applicable codes and standards.

Department Hold  - Prior Coordination Required

If you have a department hold on your permit, make sure to schedule an inspection with all departments listed on your permit card prior to requesting a final inspection. Holds may be placed for Final Inspections and Frame Inspections, such as fire sprinklers. Department Holds are listed in the bottom left-hand corner of the permit card.

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