What kinds of inspections are generally required on a typical new home in the Port Area?

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LAYOUT INSPECTION shall be required in private developments. However, a contractor can request a layout inspection for any subdivision.

FOUNDATION INSPECTION shall be made when the necessary excavations have been completed, forms erected and the reinforcing steel placed in position. Site (lot) marker shall be clearly identified and a licensed registered surveyor shall check and approve the location of the lot markers.

PILING INSPECTIONS shall be made during the driving of the piles and after all piles are driven and forms erected and reinforcing steel in place and before any concrete is poured. The builder shall be responsible for keeping a log of the pile driving and shall supply a copy to the B&DS Department.

TIE COLUMN INSPECTION shall be made when the wall blocks have been laid, the tie columns formed and the reinforcing steel in place but leaving one face open for inspection and before the concrete is poured.

STRUCTURAL COLUMN INSPECTION shall be made before any blocks are laid, the tie columns formed and the reinforcing steel in place and clearly visible but before the concrete is poured

TIE BEAM INSPECTION shall be made when the block walls are completed to tie beam level, the tie columns formed and poured, reinforcing steel in place and clearly visible but before the tie beam concrete is poured.

STRUCTURAL FRAMEWORK INSPECTION: Inspection is to be made at each floor level and after all framing, fire blocking, furring and bracing are in place, and plumbing, mechanical and electrical work are roughed in. If the structural is of steel or of other similar materials forming a frame, inspection shall take place on the complete frame for single floor buildings, for larger buildings it shall be by floor beam systems.

ROOF INSPECTION shall be made when the roof frame is in place, and before the upper surfaces are covered with roof material and before the ceiling is in place.

PLUMBING INSPECTION: All plumbing work shall be left uncovered and convenient for examination until inspected and approved. Floors shall be left up in all bathrooms and elsewhere above all sanitary plumbing, water-supply and gas supply piping and other plumbing work until it shall have been examined, tested and approved. The following plumbing inspections shall be made on all buildings and at all floor levels, if the building has more than one floor:

  1. Roughing-in with pipe joints and fittings exposed
  2. Plumbing in walls and baths in place for hydrostatic tests
  3. Fixtures in place

ELECTRICAL INSPECTION: The following electrical inspections shall be made on all buildings and no conduit boxes, panels or other electrical appurtenances shall be covered or concealed until approval shall have been received. Should the building have more than one storey, inspections (b), (c) and (d) shall also be made at each storey.

  1. Service Location
  2. Conduit roughing-in
  3. Conductors installed and joints made
  4. Final

MECHANICAL INSPECTION: (a) All portions of the mechanical system must be inspected before any portion of the system is covered up.

FINAL INSPECTION: To be requested for all work disciplines (such as but not limited to: Planning, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing).

OTHER INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS: Please make sure that work is completed to code before requesting an inspection. Failed inspections are subject to a re-inspection fee.

No work shall be done on any part of a building or structure or any plumbing, electrical or mechanical installation beyond the point indicated in the GBPA’s Building & Sanitary Code for each successive inspection until such inspection has been made and the work approved and the inspector has so indicated on the approved plans or inspection results card at the job site.

  1. No reinforcing steel or structural framework of any part of the building or structure shall be covered or concealed in any manner whatsoever without the approval of the Building & Development Services Department.
  2. Rejection or refusal to approve the work, for reasons of incompleteness, code violation or inadequacy shall nullify that request for inspection and a repeat inspection shall be requested after the work has been made to comply.
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