To minimize the spread of COVID-19, the City will be reducing service levels to essential services only. All City Hall offices are closed, except the main customer service counter (which is now open Monday-Friday from 8AM-5PM), Development Services, and the Permit Counter which is also open 8AM-5PM. See the Essential Services guide under the News Section for more details.

Building Inspection


The Building Division will make every attempt to accommodate all your inspection needs. You may schedule an inspection Monday through Friday. Special arrangements can be made for Saturday inspections. However, please be advised you will incur additional costs for Saturday inspections. Please make sure your project is ready for inspection before you call to make an appointment.

At least one inspection is required for any job that has a permit. Most projects require at least seven inspections, and some complex jobs require many more. It is the duty of the person doing the work to call for inspections.

Inspection hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 3 pm

For Building Inspections, call (916) 434-2470 or email Contact before 3 pm, the prior BUSINESS day.

A ladder (300 lbs. capacity required) must be provided by homeowner or contractor for HVAC and reroof permits. Homeowner needs to be present for final check of carbon and smoke detectors

Inspection Instructions and Permission to Enter Property

Typical projects will have the following inspections:

1. Footing/Foundation: For this inspection the trenches should be dug out and clean, with the concrete forms and reinforcing steel in place. Seismic hardware should be in place on the form.

2. Pre-Slab or under floor inspection: All in slab or under floor conduit, pipe and equipment should be in place. Any required gravel, sand and plastic sheeting should be in place. On raised foundation houses, the floor joists or floor trusses should be in place, but no floor sheathing should be installed at this time.

3. Shear and roof nail inspection: All engineered shear panels need to be in place and nailed off according to the nail schedule. The roof sheathing should be in place and nailed off.

4. Frame Inspection: At this stage all the rough systems should be in place--electrical, mechanical and plumbing with the water, gas and waste lines being on test. The tubs and shower pans should be in place and on test. The tubs or showers on an outside wall should have insulation behind them. The roof should be loaded, with all roof jacks in place. Windows and exterior doors should be installed. The lath or siding should be on and all penetrations should be sealed. All framing should be complete with all fire-blocks and draft-stops in place.

5. Insulation: All insulation should be in place and all window and doors should be caulked according to manufacturers instructions. All sill plates should be caulked or otherwise sealed to the footing, all inside corners should be caulked.

6. Drywall Nail: All drywall is installed and nailed or screwed off properly.

7. Final Inspection: This is the final check to make sure the structure is ready for occupancy or use. All systems should be up and running, all fixtures installed and appliances in place, outdoor fencing and grading complete, house numbers on and debris removed.

Your inspector can tell you if you need more inspections. Special projects or large projects usually require additional inspections.

If a project fails an inspection, then the work may not proceed until the proper corrections are made and re-inspected. Sometimes re-inspections will cost additional fees.