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Inspection Services

You can view a Day's Inspection Schedule Online (click)

To request inspections:


Inspection Services provides building inspection services for all privately funded development and support to the City’s Code Enforcement program.

Building Inspection Procedures
Once construction plans and documents have been approved and the proper permits have been issued, work may begin. At specific stages of construction, the permit applicant or the contractor must call 707.778.4479 or go online to request a building inpspection. (The first time you use our online system you will have to sign up as a Registered User to get access to our online services, like applying for a permit.) Approval for that phase must be obtained prior to construction of the next phase of the project. The following are examples of required inspections:
  1. A foundation inspection after excavations for footings or piers and grade beam are complete and any required reinforcing steel is in place. For concrete foundations, forms shall be in place along with any required bolts, anchors or straps.
  2. An under-slab inspection after all piping, equipment, conduit, etc. is installed, but before any concrete is placed. An additional slab inspection will be required for any reinforcing steel, base fill material, required bolts, anchors or straps.
  3. For a raised wood floor system, an under-floor inspection of framing, piping, ducts, conduit, equipment, etc. is required. An additional inspection of required thermal insulation is required before installing subfloor sheathing. A floor diaphragm nailing inspection may be required before building walls.
  4. A roof sheathing and shear wall sheathing inspection prior to concealment.
  5. A close-in inspection after all framing, fire blocking, and bracing are in place, including weather barrier on roof and walls and all plumbing, electrical, and mechanical installations are roughed in and ready for inspection and testing.
  6. A wall, ceiling, or roof/ceiling thermal insulation inspection including sealing of gaps and holes. See the California Energy Commission.
  7. A lath and/or gypsum board inspection after all lathing and gypsum board are in place, but before any plaster is applied and before gypsum board joints and fasteners are taped and finished.
  8. A final inspection after all the permitted work has been completed.

If you are not sure of the inspection requirements for your project, contact your inspector. This inspection card must be posted at the job site until the project is completed and has passed the final inspection.

Other Inspections:
In addition to inspection by City staff, inspections by other professionals may be required. These additional inspections are noted on approved plans. For example, new structures require an inspection by a soils engineer prior to pouring the foundation. Also, ongoing field observation by the structural engineer on the project may be required for residential construction and is required for all nonresidential construction.

Inspection Scheduling
A minimum of twenty-four hours’ notice is required prior to each inspection. You can schedule an inspection via online, by phone or fax.

Via Online

An inspection request can be made anytime day or night by going online. The first time you use our online system you will have to sign up as a Registered User to get access to our online services, like applying for a permit.

  1. Select "Citizen Services" -> "Permits & Inspections" -> Inspection Requests
  2. Enter your permit number and select "Search for Permits".
  3. Select your permit you want the inspection done on.
  4. Type of inspection requested, i.e., foundation, close-in, etc.
  5. Date inspection requested
  6. Then Submit Requests.

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By Phone
An inspection request can be made anytime day or night by phoning the Inspection Request Line 707.778.4479. To schedule an inspection for the following business day you must call the inspection request line before 4:00 PM. For a Monday inspection, you must call bey 4:00 P.M on the previous Thursday.

If you are calling in a final inspection for a residential structure that requires a Certificate of Occupancy you must notify the Fire Marshall’s office separately at 707.778.4389 for a fire inspection.

You must leave the following information on the recording that will enable us to process your request:

  1. Project address (including subdivision and lot number if applicable)
  2. Permit number
  3. Your name and company
  4. Your daytime phone number so we can reach you if needed
  5. Type of inspection requested, i.e., foundation, close-in, etc.
  6. Date inspection requested

Note: Inspections will be scheduled on the day requested between 9:00 AM and noon and 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Specific times cannot be given.

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By email

To schedule an inspection by email supply the following information in an email to cdd@ci.petaluma.ca.us

  1. Project address (including subdivision and lot number if applicable)
  2. Permit number
  3. Your name and company
  4. Your daytime phone number so we can reach you if needed
  5. Type of inspection requested, i.e., foundation, close-in, etc.
  6. Date inspection requested

 

To cancel an inspection and avoid a possible reinspection fee, please call us at 707.778.4301.

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Contact Information

11 English St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
phone: 707.778.4301
fax: 707.778.4498
email: cdd@ci.petaluma.ca.us

Building
phone: 707.778.4301
email: cdd@ci.petaluma.ca.us

Hours: 8am - 4pm
Monday through Thursday – Closed every Friday

Planning
phone: 707.778.4470
email: petalumaplanning@ci.petaluma.ca.us

Hours: 8am - 5pm
Mondays through Thursdays, Closed Fridays


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