Step 8: Building Permit Issuance

After the plan review is completed, RPC staff will reach out to assist you with the issuance of the rebuild permit.

Heads Up (Permit fees are due at this time)

Your building permit has been issued and all required conditions for your project are approved.

During construction, the building inspection staff will require access for various inspections per the State of California Building Code. You can find a list of required inspections below. These are designed to ensure the structural integrity and safety of your home. During construction, all construction and work must remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until you have received RPC approval. Not complying will delay the completion of your home.

  • It is the responsibility of you, the property owner or the property owner’s contractor/agent to call for required inspections through each phase of the construction process. The building inspector will make the requested inspection and will either approve that portion of the construction as completed or issue a notice indicating corrections for that portion of work. The work shall not be covered or concealed until all corrections have been completed and that portion of the work approved.
  • The inspection record card and approved construction plans must be kept on the job site at all times and available for the building inspector. The building inspector will record approved inspections on the field inspection record card.

*Required inspections:

Required Inspections: The following is a list of required inspections for most building projects. Inspection requests should be grouped into these categories whenever possible. Other/special inspections may also be required to ascertain compliance with the building code.

  • Utility underground inspection - shall be made when all underground utilities, gas, electric, plumbing, and septic leach lines are complete. These are to remain open to verify proper depth and protection of each utility.
  • Foundation inspection - This is conducted when footings are excavated, forms, reinforcing steel, hold-downs, and the UFER ground are in place.
  • Slab inspection - Conducted after all in-slab reinforce, drain/waste plumbing, water lines, mechanical ducts, hydronic systems, and other ancillary equipment items are installed and before any concrete is poured.
  • Under-floor framing - Request when there is a raised wood floor over a crawl space or uninhabited area. This is done when all under-floor framing is in place including cripple walls and floor joists.
  • Under-floor plumbing - No plumbing or drainage system shall be covered or concealed until it has been tested, inspected and approved. All required tests shall be conducted in the presence of the building inspector.
  • Under-floor mechanical - This inspection includes all rough ductwork.
  • Under-floor insulation inspection - To be scheduled when insulation is securely fastened in place.

NOTE: The floor sheathing is not to be installed until the four under-floor inspections are approved:

NOTE: The under-floor insulation is not to be installed until inspections listed under number 2 above are approved

  • Sheeting and shear inspection - Request when shear walls and roof sheeting are complete and when fasteners and hold-downs are in place.
  • Fire sprinkler inspection - To be requested from the Fire Prevention officer when the fire sprinkler piping is in place. This inspection is only needed if a fire suppression system is being installed or modified.
  • Close in inspections:

Heads up! The following inspections are to be scheduled together when possible.

Keep in mind: Insulation is not to be installed until these inspections have been approved.

Keep in mind: The framing will not be signed off until the fire sprinkler inspection has been approved.

  • Electrical rough inspection - Required when wiring is complete. Boxes must be open for inspection and splices made up in boxes.
  • Mechanical rough inspection - When ductwork, fireplace, appliance flues, and bathroom vents are in place.
  • Plumbing rough inspection - When drain, waste, vent and water supply piping is in place. Water and drain piping must have either a water or air pressure test. Gas piping must be pressure tested to 15 pounds per square inch (psi) for 10 minutes.
  • Frame inspection - To be requested when framing, exterior wall sheathing and electrical, plumbing and mechanical rough work are in place.
  • Insulation inspection - To be requested when thermal insulation is in place and penetrations in the exterior thermal membrane have been sealed.

Keep in mind: The interior wall covering materials are not to be installed until after the insulation has been approved.

  • Sheetrock or interior lath inspection - To be requested when these elements are properly fastened in place, before plastering or joint compound is installed.

NOTE: Gas piping test will be required at this time prior to any appliance connections.

  • Stucco lath (paper & wire) inspection - To be requested when lath is in place before stucco is applied
  • Final fire sprinkler inspection – all sprinklers and fire apparatus are installed and in working order.
  • The Final Inspection: This inspection is to be made after finish grading and the building is completed and ready for occupancy. All fixtures must be installed.
    • Electrical final inspection - Includes the installation of all fixtures, switches, and receptacles. All of the Electrical systems must be operational at the time of final inspection.
    • Plumbing final - When all plumbing fixtures are installed and are operational.
    • Mechanical final inspection - When all connections to fuel lines are made and appliances are operational.

CONGRATS and welcome to your new home