Inspection Process

Please be advised that we do not perform same-day inspections of any kind for any reason.


  1. Setback Inspection (if necessary) - If the permitted lot under construction is less than 5 acres, and a stamped surveyed plot plan was not provided at the time of application, a setback inspection will be required before footings can be dug and inspected. Before this inspection, the area of construction must be marked in some way, and the property lines must be strung to be easily identified by the inspector. If the setback measurements from property lines that were reported at the time of permit application have more than a 5-foot variance, the permit will not be posted on-site until the measurements either match the information provided at the application or the office is notified of the accurate measurements. A fee of $75 will be imposed for a failed setback inspection.
  2. Footing Inspection - There must be 2 runs minimum of #4 rebar, with a minimum of 3-inch clearance from the bottom and in the corner. Ditches should be free of debris, including clods, rocks, roots, and vegetation.
  3. Foundation Inspection (prior to placing any framing members on foundation) - CMU walls should be at their final elevation with all piers in place. CMU piers/foundation walls cannot exceed 10 feet when supporting drop girders and primary structure, unless engineered. The top 4 inches of piers must be cap block or filled with mortar/cement. Anchor bolts/ties must be installed, and they must begin no less than 3.5 inches and no more than 12 inches from the corner, and they must be spaced 6 feet OC thereafter. Porches need to be marked S (swung) or F (filled) as well.
  4. Framing / Plumbing / Mechanical / Rough-In Electric Inspection - Our office must have a copy of the passed rough-in State Electrical inspection on file prior to this inspection. Plumbing must be tested with a minimum of 50 pounds per square inch (psi), and DWV with a minimum of 5 psi. We recommend performing head tests. These can be done by placing standpipes and charging the system with water. 10-foot standpipes are required on slabs, and 3-foot standpipes are on all homes at the highest fixture. All mechanical components that would be covered by interior finishes, as well as attic ducting, must be installed before this inspection. Fire blocking, proper support paths, hangers, and various framing components will be observed at this time.
  5. Insulation Inspection - Proper caulking should be applied by this time. Interior walls should be lined with R-13 insulation, sloped ceilings should be lined with R-30, and any batted flat ceilings should be lined with R-38 at this time.
  6. Final Inspection (Certificate of Compliance and/or Occupancy) - Underfloor and attic insulation will be verified, and all safety measures should be in place at this time. Smoke detectors should be interconnected and functioning, handrails should be installed, guards should be in place, window limiters should be in place (if required), and protective bollards should be present. By the time this inspection takes place, any and all corrections that were required throughout the inspection process should be completed. If not, the Certificate of Compliance and/or Occupancy will not be issued

Re-Inspect Fees

  • 1st Inspection - $75
  • 2nd Inspection - $150
  • 3rd Inspection - $300 - On the third re-inspect, a stop-work order will be placed on site until corrections have been made and fees have been paid

Fees must be paid in-office prior to requesting a re-inspection.

For any construction with living space - A fee of $500 will be charged to the permittee for premature move in or inhabitance prior to a final inspection being conducted and issuance of a certificate of occupancy/completion. Additionally, if a temporary certificate of occupancy/completion is granted by the building inspector and the permittee allows it to expire before the necessary corrections are made/construction is completed, then a fee of $300 will be imposed for not receiving and passing a permanent final inspection.

Contact Us

PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE AT 615-444-3025 TO SCHEDULE ALL INSPECTIONS.  If you have any inspection questions you can contact one of the inspectors below:

  • Chris Richardson, Deputy Building Official
    Phone: 615-604-5053
  • Donald Eldridge Jr., Building Inspector
    Phone: 615-210-7850