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Inspection Requirements & Procedures

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Inspections are required for all permits that are issued. The type and number of inspections required depends on the type of work that is being done. Please read our Inspection Procedures for Residential Structures or contact the Building Division at or call (408) 777-3228 for information.

Schedule a Building Inspection

Schedule your building inspection by calling (408) 777-3228, or online through the Online Permit Service Portal.

You may request a courtesy inspection using the Courtesy Inspection Request Form.

To ensure the safety of everyone involved in the inspection process you must implement and observe the protocols required by the County of Santa Clara Health Official’s Shelter in Place order. The requirements for small construction sites can be found here Appendix B-1 and for large construction sites here Appendix B-2.

In addition to implementing the protocols above you must complete the COVID-19 Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers form and have it emailed to Our staff will review the document for completeness and add it to your permit record.

Building Inspection Hours:

M: 7:30-11:30, 12:30-4:00
T: 9:00-11:30, 12:30-4:00
W: 7:30-11:30, 12:30-4:00
Th: 7:30-11:30, 12:30-4:00
F: 7:30-11:30, 12:30-3:00

When calling for an inspection, you will need to provide the permit number, address, type of inspection, desired date of inspection, and contact name and phone number.

In order to schedule a next day inspection, you must call (408) 777-3228 before 3:30pm from Monday through Thursday or before 2:30pm on Friday.

For example, if today is Monday and I want an inspection tomorrow, I have to call (408) 777-3228 before 3:30pm on Monday to ensure I will get an inspection on Tuesday.

Call before 2:30pm on Friday to schedule an inspection on the following Monday. 

You must call (408) 777-3228 at 7:00am on the day of your inspection to find out the two-hour time window for your inspection. 

Schedule a Fire Inspection

Fire Inspections can be scheduled by calling (408) 378-4010.

Special Inspections

Statement of Special Inspection Form

Certain types of projects and construction methods require special inspections to be completed by a special inspection agency. Any required special inspections will be noted on the permit and plans. Refer to the Recognized Special Inspection Agency List for special inspectors.

To be recognized as a Special Inspection Agency, please apply using this form: Special Inspection Agency Approval Criteria.


Building Inspection Procedures & Requirements

Protection of Wiring during Construction Requirement

Inspection Procedures for Residential Structures

Water Conserving Plumbing Fixture Owner Certificate of Compliance

Life Safety

Smoke Detector Installation and Maintenance Requirements

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms Owner Certificate of Compliance


Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Procedure

Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Form

Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion Application