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Building Inspections


Responsibility of Owner

Neither the granting of a building permit nor the approval of the relevant drawings and specifications nor inspections made by the authority having jurisdiction (Building Inspector) shall in any way relieve the owner of such building from full responsibility for carrying out the work or having the work carried out in full accordance with the requirements of the British Columbia Building Code.

Please arrange your inspection well in advance in order to avoid delays in construction (24 hour notice is required).

When requesting an inspection, please provide the following information:

  • Permit Number
  • Owner's Name
  • Street Address
  • Type of Inspection
  • Preferred date of inspection

**NOTE For islands in the SCRD, the owner is responsible for transporting the inspector to and from the job site.

Required Inspections to call for:

  • Footings/Foundation/Siting
    On completion of concrete form work, prior to placing concrete for footing or foundations. If survey certificate is required, please submit prior to inspection. Please provide engineers report if required. Post Driveway Permit Card. Ensure owner’s copy of building plans remain on site for all inspections.

  • Drain Tile/Damp Proofing
    Required when drain tile and drain rock and damp proofing in place and prior to backfilling.

  • Under Slab Plumbing
    Under slab plumbing inspection is required when all under slab plumbing is in place and under test, and prior to pouring concrete.

  • Ground Cover (Underslab Poly)
    Required once the poly is in place and prior to pouring concrete but after the underslab plumbing has been installed and approved.

  • Woodstove/Fireplace/Chimney
    Masonry fireplace requires inspection once smoke chamber is constructed but still visible and again once chimney is complete but before it is enclosed.

    Metal chimney requires inspection prior to being enclosed. Wood burning stove requires inspection once installed. (Provide specification for installation and clearances.)

  • Rough In Plumbing
    Rough in plumbing inspection is required when all drains, vents, and water piping are complete with the appropriate test applied.

    Tub and shower (fixture) installation and overflow test (can be done at frame inspection). All P-traps shall be installed for this inspection.

  • Frame
    To be called for when all frame work, sheathing, plumbing, electrical, gas, heating, (Mechanical ventilation checklist must be completed and provided at the time of the framing inspection), rough-ins and chimney construction, engineers inspection (if applicable), are complete and before application of insulation or exterior cladding.

    Engineered sealed truss, floor and beam specifications and mechanical ventilation checklist must be provided at frame inspection.

  • Stucco Lathe & Paper
    If applicable.

  • Insulation and Vapour Barrier
    When thermal insulation and vapour barrier are complete, and prior to application of wall board or panelling. The insulation contractor’s declaration form must be submitted also.

  • Final Building & Plumbing
    When all construction is complete and before occupancy. (Please have a ladder on site.). Proof of electrical, gas, health approval and any required engineering approvals must be on site.

Prior to the final building inspection, the following is required:

  • proof of final approvals for septic system; electrical system, oil and gas installations must be submitted to the Building Department
  • proof of water potability must be provided if not on the SCRD water system
  • a ladder must be provided for access to the attic at the final inspection

In order to avoid unnecessary inspection refusals or rejections and payment of a re-inspection fee, please ensure the following:

  • all work to be inspected must be complete and ready for inspection
  • the accepted construction drawings must be available for the inspections
  • if the building is occupied, please ensure that an adult is on the premises during the inspection
  • construction work must not proceed beyond the stages indicated for each inspection without prior written approval from the Building Inspector