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MAIN OFFICE PHONE:  (540) 375-3032|E-MAIL:  communitydev@salemva.gov
HOURS:  M-F 8am-5pm |LOCATION:  21 South Bruffey Street, Salem, VA 24153

Inspection Types

MAIN OFFICE PHONE:  (540) 375-3032|E-MAIL:  communitydev@salemva.gov
HOURS:  M-F 8am-5pm |LOCATION:  21 South Bruffey Street, Salem, VA 24153

Inspection Request

PHONE: (540) 375-3037

Office Hours for Inspectors

Mon-Fri 8 am- 8:30 am & 4:30 pm - 5 pm

The Office of Building Inspections performs the following inspections:

Building, Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Inspections

All inspection requests received prior to 8:30 a.m. will be done that day. This includes inspection requests left on our voice mail.

We will make every effort to announce our presence to an occupied building.   It is the responsibility of the applicant(s) to provide safe access to the property being inspected and to notify any person(s) or parties who may be in the occupied building during the inspection.

You must have the permit number and job address to request an inspection. Only the permit holder may request an inspection.

Inspection Types and Sequence

The list of inspections shown are a typical construction order.  If there is a question of what inspection should be done at what time, please contact the Office of Community Development.

 

Inspection Type Description / When Performed Type Inspector
Temporary Electric For temporary power while buildings are built Electrical Inspector
Footing After installation of reinforcement and before placement of concrete Building Inspector
Foundation After installation of concrete forms, reinforcement.Prior to placement of concrete Building Inspector
Plumbing Groundwork After installation of below-slab plumbing piping and prior to covering with slab base material Plumbing Inspector
Electrical Groundwork After installation of below-slab conduit and conductors in trenches or in slab base material and prior to covering with slab base material Electrical Inspector
Slab After approval of all sub-trade ground work and after installation of reinforcement, vapor barrier and insulation.Before placement of concrete Building Inspector
Electrical Rough-In Prior to concealment Electrical Inspector
Mechanical Rough-In After installation of air handling duct, gas line testing (if applicable) and prior to concealment Mechanical Inspector
Plumbing Rough-in Prior to concealment.Note:No air test allowed on plastic piping per Section 312.5 of the VA Plumbing Code Plumbing Inspector
Electrical Above-Ceiling (Commercial Primarily) After installation of ceiling grid and prior to installation of ceiling tiles Electrical Inspector
Framing Above-Ceiling (Commercial Primarily) To check fire walls/barriers, etc.After installation of ceiling grid and prior to installation of ceiling tiles Building Inspector
Water Line Prior to backfilling trench, inspection from meter to building entry.Line must have tracer wire Plumbing Inspector
Sewer Line Prior to backfilling trench, inspection from main line to building exit.Line must have tracer wire Plumbing Inspector
Framing After approval of the electrical, plumbing, mechanical rough-ins Building Inspector
Insulation After approval of all trade rough-ins and framing inspections Building Inspector
Backflow Device After installation of backflow prevention devices and third-party inspection Plumbing Inspector
Air barrier After installation of all air barrier components Building Inspector
Electrical Final After completion of electrical system and prior to final building inspection Electrical Inspector
Mechanical Final After complete installation of mechanical equipment and prior to final building inspection Mechanical Inspector
Plumbing Final After complete installation of plumbing equipment and prior to final building inspection Plumbing Inspector
Building Final After approval of the electrical, plumbing, mechanical and all other necessary inspections Building Inspector