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Building Inspections

The Building Department endeavors to provide quality building inspections for new construction and alterations to existing buildings in a timely manner.  Generally county inspectors are able to respond to inspection requests within two business days.  Call (757) 678-0445 to schedule an inspection [24 hours a day].

Inspections are required for all work regulated by the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, which can be downloaded from

Typically, the following inspections are required for new construction and alterations, where applicable.

  • Footings –After footing has been excavated, any forms and steps constructed, all reinforcement installed and grade pins set, before concrete is poured. County soils policy requires re-bar in footings.
  • Foundation WallsBefore structure is placed on foundation - after anchor bolts and vents set.
  • SlabsAll floor slabs, after sub grade is prepared and reinforcement placed, before slab is poured.
  • Rough-in plumbingAll piping shall be tested with air or water and be free of leaks.
  • Rough-in gasAll piping shall be tested with air and be free of leaks.
  • Rough-in electric – Before concealment - Call (757) 665-6260
  • Framing –After: rough plumbing, mechanical and electric inspection, masonry - including masonry fire places, all framing, firestopping are complete - before any framing is concealed.
  • Insulationbefore covering insulation
Other inspections may be required for special projects.

Contacts and Forms

John Outten
Building Official


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