Inspection Requirements
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Inspection Requirements (Building, Plumbing/Drain, Heating, Occupancy)

Building Inspections with approved permit plans on-site

Step 1 - At the readiness to construct the footing:

The following shall be completed prior to calling for the inspection:

  • Below grade water service
  • Rough sanitary sewer service
  • Have a grade certificate (top of footing) on the site
  • Form work in place including crossover tiles and reinforcing steel in place
  • No water, loose fill or organic materials in the excavation
  • No frozen ground or disturbed ground (winder protection on-site)
  • If there are poor soil conditions, the inspector may request an engineer's report prior to pouring concrete.

Step 2 - Prior to Backfill of Footings and Foundations:

The following shall be completed prior to calling for the inspection:

  • Installation of damp proofing or waterproofing
  • Installation of drainage tile and drainage layer
  • Installation of a minimum six-inch clear stone cover over the drainage tile
  • Foundation walls are laterally supported with adequate bracing or the floor system is in place on the foundation walls
  • Storm piping and sump discharge in place

Step 3 - Structural Framing (Prior to Insulation):

The following shall be completed prior to calling for the inspection:

  • All structural framing members in place
  • Heating, plumbing, ventilation and electrical systems installed.
  • Interior stairs and landings installed on the site to provide access to the different levels of the structure
  • Joist hangers, anchor bolts, steel beams and columns installed including all related fasteners
  • All structural framing members in place
  • Air barrier
  • Windows and doors
  • Fire stopping

Step 4 - Prior to Covering the Insulation and Vapour Barrier:

The following shall be completed prior to calling for the inspection:

  • Rough plumbing and water distribution installed, tested and passed
  • Rough heating ventilation installed and passed
  • Insulation, vapour barriers and sealants
  • Required air spaces at eaves and cathedral ceilings
  • Attic access openings insulated
  • Crawlspaces made accessible for inspection

Step 5 - Fireplaces, Chimneys and Replacements:

The following shall be completed prior to calling for an inspection:

  • Construction of the combustion chamber and smoke shelf
  • Visibility ensured for the clearances between combustible framing and components of the fireplace and chimney
  • Completion of fireplace and chimney
  • Note: Gas fireplaces are not inspected under the Ontario Building Code

Step 6 - Rear Yard Drainage:

The following shall be completed prior to calling for an inspection:

  • Storm piping extended to pit
  • Pit installed per surveyor grade
  • Tile and stone cover

Step 7 - Occupancy Approval for Permit Issuance:

  • All interior finishes complete
  • All exterior finishes substantially complete
  • Stairs, landings, handrails, and guards complete
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors complete
  • Plumbing and heating systems complete, operational, tested and inspected
  • Final grading

Step 8 - Final Inspection:

  • Provide final grade certificate
  • Review site conditions for compliance
  • Ensure sidewalks/curbs repaired

Phone: For all inquires, call 519-255-6267.
Email: buildingdept@citywindsor.ca