The Department is committed to a policy
of providing 'next day' service for any inspection request made before 4 PM the previous
working day, except in some limited instances. Regardless, the Department is required to
perform inspections within 48 hours (two working days) of the inspection request. Due to
the size of the staff, the area covered and the typical number of inspection requests it
is not possible to schedule specific times for inspection appointments, but once the
schedule for the days work is set oftentimes we can estimate the time of the inspection
within a two to three hour timeframe.
A copy of the approved construction documents and the
required inspection reports are required to be maintained in a conspicuous location at the
building site, and available to the inspector during all inspection visits.
Generally inspections are classified in three groups,
Residential (R), Commercial (C) and Manufactured Dwellings (MH), and are made in a
specific sequence. Some inspections are grouped together in order that we may provide more
effective and efficient use of our time. The following is a generalized list of basic
inspections required for Residential and Commercial work and what is included in them:
- Footing: Prior to placing concrete for the
footings and/or foundation. All reinforcement shall be in place.
- Slab: Prior to placing any slab or thickened
concrete slab intended for structural support, including all plumbing, electrical and
mechanical under the slab. All reinforcement shall be in place and, if applicable, anchor
bolts shall be set.
- Stemwall: Prior to pouring foundation stemwalls,
anchor bolts shall be set, if applicable, and all reinforcement shall be in place.
- Underfloor Framing/Underfloor Mechanical/Underfloor
Plumbing: Prior to installing floor sheathing, including the subfloor at the lowest
- Framing/Mechanical Rough-in/Plumbing Topout: After
all framing and masonry is complete and rough-in electrical, plumbing and heating
equipment are in place and electrical work has been inspected and approved by the State of
Oregon electrical inspectors.
- Insulation: After all insulation and required
vapor barriers are in place, before the interior wall covering is applied.
- Drywall: After the drywall is in place and before
gypsum board joints and fasteners are taped and finished (Commercial only)
- Final: After finish grading and the building is
completed and ready for occupancy.
More or fewer inspections may be required depending on
the characteristics of a given project, and in the case of large projects 'partial' or
'special' inspections may be required. Detailed information about inspections can be found
at the link below for the specific class of inspection.
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