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WHAT IS AN INSPECTION?

A property inspection is the way that the City ensures that new and remodeled buildings are constructed according to the building codes and standards of the City of Buena Park and the plans approved by the Community Development Department. By actively inspecting in-progress and completed construction, the City can help ensure that buildings meet all health and safety regulations.

WHEN IS AN INSPECTION NEEDED?

Any work which requires a permit will require an inspection, or several inspections, prior to concealing or covering the work. When a permit is obtained, an Inspection Record Card will be issued, and this card must be posted on the job site. The Inspection Record Card will indicate the first inspection required for a job. The plans which were approved by the Community Development Department must also be available for the inspector during each inspection.

HOW CAN AN INSPECTION BE ARRANGED?

Online Building Inspection Requests

You may submit a building inspection request online using the citizen access portal via the Internet. Upon your initial request, you will be required to register online using your active permit information. This registration will also assist you in making future requests to schedule an inspection. 

Click here for the ONLINE BUILDING INSPECTION REQUEST SERVICE

Building Inspection Requests by Phone

You may also submit a building inspection request by calling the Building Department Inspection Request Line at (714) 562-3641. This number is connected to an answering machine and should be used only to request inspections. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

An inspection request can also be made by calling (714) 562-3636 or (714) 562-3629 between 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and alternating Fridays.

When requesting an inspection, please have the following information available:

  • The address of the job
  • The permit number
  • The type of inspection requested
  • The type of building (i.e. single family, apartment, commercial)
  • Specify either a AM morning inspection time (8:30am-11:30am) or a PM afternoon inspection time (1:30pm-4:30pm)

During the first inspection, the inspector will determine the amount of work which can be completed prior to the next inspection. Do not work past this point. This process will be repeated for each succeeding inspection.

Some commonly needed inspections are:

  • Grading: While primarily under the oversight of the Public Works Department, if a project requires grading of the site before construction, an engineering inspector must be on-site to provide inspection during grading. In most cases, grading is necessary only for projects requiring the removal or addition of large amounts of earth.
  • Foundation/Slab: This inspection is performed after rough grading and placement of concrete forms and reinforcing steel, but prior to pouring any concrete.
  • Floor Joist/Raised Floor. This inspection is performed after all floor joists and girders have been installed and underfloor plumbing, electrical and mechanical has been installed. Underfloor waste and vents shall be tested at the time of inspection.
  • Roof Sheathing: This inspection is made after the plywood roof sheathing has been installed and all penetrations through roof have been made.
  • Framing: Inspection is required after the roof covering is installed, exterior doors and windows installed, flashed, and caulked, and electrical, plumbing and heating systems are prepared for rough inspection.
  • Energy Insulation: Inspection is required after installation, but prior to walls and ceilings being covered.
  • Lath/Drywall: Exterior lath is inspected after interior nailing of wall cover is completed and paper and wire have been nailed and trim is in place.
  • Final: This last inspection will occur when all fixtures are in place and the building is ready for occupancy

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The cost of building inspection is included in the permit fee. However, a $40.00 reinspection fee may be assessed if an inspection call is made, but the work is not ready for inspection or required corrections from a previous visit have not been completed. A reinspection fee may also be charged if the approved plans are not available or the inspector cannot gain access to the site to perform the inspection.