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.
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.