Building & Construction Inspection

The Construction Inspection Unit is responsible for on-site inspections to ensure a building is constructed according to the approved plans and code requirements.

Posting Your Permit

The issued Building Permit must be posted on the job site. The Approved Plans and your Inspection Card must be kept at the job site at all times until the project is completed. During construction, you must comply with any and all laws and ordinances pertaining to your construction activity. Remember, no change or deviation from the Approved Plans can be made without prior approval from the Building Official

Providing Access

It is the Permit Holder’s responsibility to provide access to the site for inspection. Gates and/or buildings must be unlocked or some arrangements made for a key for use by the inspector. Service lines may be subject to a pressure test. Equipment for such a test must be provided by the Permit Holder.

Inspection Progress

No work shall be done on any part of the building or structure beyond the point indicated in each successive inspection without first obtaining the approval of the Building Official. Such approval will be given only after inspection is made of each successive step in the construction process.

Scheduling Inspections

The Automated Phone System allows for scheduling Building Inspections via phone or text. Please refer to the Inspections and Select Text Scheduling Guide (Flier) and our handy Automated Inspection Scheduling System Tri-Fold Guide to keep handy in your car. Before you call in to the new automated scheduling system, please review the Guide, then call or text to schedule your inspection(s), and make sure you receive a confirmation for each type of inspection you are scheduling. Inspection Line: 707-253-4416

It is very important that you schedule your inspections according to the directions provided. Failure to enter the information correctly can result in your inspection not being scheduled. If you need to confirm your inspection or get an estimated time, please call  707-253-4417 on the morning of your scheduled inspection, between 7:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., and speak to the inspector assigned to your area. 


A Re-Inspection Fee may be assessed for each re-inspection when work for that inspection is not complete, or when corrections called for are not made. Re-inspections should be scheduled in the normal manner (see Scheduling above).

Final Inspection

Before the Building Division will issue a Permit Final, your project will need to receive final inspection approval from all other county departments concerned with your project. Do not try to schedule a Building Permit Final before you have received all other department finals. A Building Permit Final and/or Certificate of Occupancy will not be issued until the construction is complete. Please call our office 48 hours after your final building inspection to confirm that you have received your Building Permit Final.

Permit Alterations

Any deviation from the Approved Plans must first be approved by the Building Official. You will be required to submit drawings and engineering, if necessary, for all desired revisions along with a Permit Alteration Application to the building office before the changes are made in the field. Depending on the scope of your revision, you may also need approval from other County Departments and/or government agencies. 

Requested changes may prevent you from continuing with construction until approval has been granted. The time frame for approval will vary depending on the current workload and the degree of review necessary for your revision. Be advised that your change could result in a delay of several weeks. Changes that are deemed beyond the scope of work under the original permit will require a new permit.

Permit Expiration

Issued permits shall expire by limitation and become invalid if the work authorized is not commenced within one year from the date of permit issuance, or if the building or work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned at any time after the work is commenced for a period of 180 days, or if an approved inspection has not been scheduled and performed for a period of 180 days. No work may be done under an expired permit.

Permit Extension

You may request a permit extension in writing prior to your permit expiration. Complete a Permit Extension Request Form and submit it to the Building Official. Once approved, you will need to pay the extension fee and any outstanding balance due on your permit. Extensions are granted for a period of up to 180 days at the discretion of the Building Official. no request will be accepted more than 30 days prior to the expiration date.