Virtual Permit Inspections

Virtual inspections, an alternative to in-person inspections, enable prompt service, productive follow-ups, and scheduling for occupied residential structures during the Civil Emergency. Virtual inspections are conducted between a Virtual Inspection (VI) Representative and City inspector by using a video call on a smartphone, tablet, or other webcam enabled device. 

Minimum Requirements

  • All building-related inspections (building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing) for occupied residential structures may be considered for virtual inspections; however, based on the size and/or complexity of the project it may not be possible to conduct virtually.  Note:
    • Inspection complexity will be determined by the inspector
    • For inspections deemed too complex for virtual completion, the City will discuss other options that will permit the project to have inspections safely.
  • Customers must have a host device such as a smartphone, tablet, or webcam enabled device connected to Wi-Fi or 4G wireless service.
  • Face Time (Apple OS device) or Goggle Duo (all devices) is required to host the video call.  Check your mobile device’s app store to download.
  • If the project has a building permit for work being conducted, all approved plans must be onsite and available for review to the inspection staff during the video call.
  • Ensure you have the necessary tools (based on the inspection type) readily available.  For example, a tape measure, screwdriver, level (4ft for building & plumbing/torpedo for plumbing), thermometer, GFCI tester/voltage tester, ladder, device to test smoke/carbon monoxide alarms and/or flashlight.

Please review Virtual Inspections document for more information on these inspections.

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