Inspections

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The Building Department  conducts field inspections related to permits  to ensure that the work covered by the permit is done according to the plans, and is in compliance with all Building Codes and City Ordinances adopted by the City of Palm Springs.  It shall be the responsibility of the owner or licensed contractor doing the work authorized by a permit to notify the Building Department when said work is ready for inspection.  No portion of any building, structure, wiring, plumbing, ductwork or equipment, which is required to be inspected, shall be covered or concealed without approval of the Building Official or his Deputy. The inspection process culminates with a final inspection and the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.

Inspections are performed between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm Monday through Thursday and must be scheduled by calling (760-323-8243) at least one business day prior to the requested inspection time.

Types of Required Inspections (This is not a complete list of all possible inspections)

Under-Ground Plumbing and Electric

Verify the location, bury depth and materials of all under-slab plumbing, gas and electrical systems.

Foundation/Footing

Location of the forms to meet zoning setback requirements, elevation of the forms to meet flood control requirements, depth and width of the footing, and proper placement, size and grade of reinforcing steel. All required shear wall anchor bolts, hold-down bolts, and straps are expected to be hung on templates.   

Roof Sheathing Framing

Size, spacing, grade and span of rafters and purlins. Framing hardware, i.e., hangers, straps, etc. Structural supports, i.e., posts, beams, headers. Sheathing panel index, shear diaphragm, shear transfer. Plumbing and mechanical vents through the roof. Trusses, installed per plan, truss calcs available for inspector.

Wrap

Location, panel index, size and nailing of shear walls. Hold-down hardware, shear wall anchor bolts, plate washers. Location and size of doors and windows. All windows must be installed to check for emergency egress, glazing and flashing.

Framing

All structural, rough plumbing, rough mechanical and rough electrical installations are checked at framing. Structural: size, spacing and grade of studs. Size, spacing, grade, span and support of joist. Cutting, notching and boring of studs, joists, and review interior shear walls.

Rough Plumbing

Drain, waste and vent piping capped or plugged outside the building and filled with water until vents overflow to test for leaks. Proper location of all fixture stud cuts as shown on floor plan. Drain and vent sizing, wet venting, slope and support of drain lines. Approved joints and fittings. Location and size of cleanouts. Protection from physical damage for non-metallic piping. Water piping: static pressure on lines. Proper material, location, size and supports.

Rough Mechanical

Proper material, size, location, support and installation of all duct work. FAU compartment: supply air (plenum), return air, combustion air and condensate drain line(s). Fire and draft stopping. Combustion vents: location and clearances.

Rough Electrical

General wiring to convenience outlets and lights. Grounding and bonding: metal boxes, cold water piping, grounding electrode conductor, neutral and grounding busses. Wiring/conduit locations: support and protection, GFCI and smoke detector circuits, laundry and kitchen circuits. Clearances at subpanels and service entrance equipment. Rated boxes in fire separations.

Insulation

Check for compliance with Title 24 Energy requirements: Insulation placement, windows, doors, plumbing pipes, and electrical wire holes are sealed.

Drywall

Proper type and thickness. Nail or screw spacing.

Lath

Kraft paper type, connection, and number of layers are per code requirements. All holes in Kraft paper are sealed.

Gas Test

After drywall has been placed, an air pressure test is required. The gas line must hold at a minimum of 10 psi for 15 minutes.

Electric Final Release

Prior to the final inspection, a final electrical Inspection is required to release the electric meter for testing. All wiring must be complete, all electric switches, plugs, lights, and cover plates must be installed. All circuit breakers are identified for the load served.

Final Inspection

Installation and operation of all plumbing fixtures. Water heater seismic strapping, pressure relief valve and piping. All gas-burning appliances connected to gas supply. All mechanical equipment in and operational. Clearances around panels. GFCI breakers or outlets tested. Smoke alarms. Handrails and guardrails installed with proper size, connections, and spandrel spacing. Fire Resistive construction for occupancy separation or rated wall construction sealed to maintain separation integrity including rated doors, and door jambs. Compliance with Title 24 standards, such as Energy and accessibility requirements, as required. Grading for drainage around structure.

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