Building Inspections

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A county building inspector will conduct one or more inspections of a project during construction. When all phases of construction are approved and all agencies (i.e. Fire, Health, Planning) have given their final approval, the Building Inspection Department will "final" the permit.

  • Please visit our FAQ page for answers to questions related to Building Inspections and other related topics.

  • See what you can submit/schedule online (e.g. Building Inspections) on our Online Permit Information page

  • After many years of scheduling building inspections in Southern Monterey County on Fridays, we are increasing our days of service to accommodate requests from south county residents in both inland and coastal regions. We are now offering inspections on Tuesday and/or Thursday for both areas as outlined below:
    • INLAND - Starting this week, the Resource Management Agency will be conducting inspections throughout Southern Monterey County. This includes the unincorporated areas near King City, Arroyo Seco, the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Mission District, San Lucas, Jolon, San Ardo, Bradley, Lockwood, Bryson, Parkfield, San Miguel and many others

    • COASTAL - Resource Management Agency has contracted with an outside firm from Paso Robles to perform south coast building inspections in the Big Sur area, South of the Pfeiffer Canyon bridge. 

      Please call the RMA at (831) 755-4800 before 3:30pm on the day prior to schedule your building inspections.


Typical Sequence of Building Inspections for a New Structure

  1.  Foundation
    Following rough grading and placement of concrete forms, reinforcing steel, and all structural hardware, but prior to pouring concrete. Property line must be established by a licensed surveyor so setbacks can be verified.

  2. Under Floor Framing - Raised Floor 
    When all girders, joist, plumbing, mechanical components have been installed.

  3. Floor
    Insulation & under floor to be inspected prior to installing sub-floor, plywood.

  4. Roof Sheathing & Shear Inspection
    When all nailing and shear transfers have been completed.

  5. Framing Inspection
    The building must be weather protected (windows, doors must be installed) when all rough electrical, plumbing & mechanical systems have been installed. Fire sprinklers are inspected by the Fire Dept.

  6. Insulation Inspection
    When all of the above items have been approved and before wall coverings are installed.

  7. Sheetrock/Exterior Lath
    After all sheet rock has been installed, exterior lath and all corner aid and weep screed have been installed.

  8. Scratch Coat
    After sheet rock has been installed and the scratch coat has cured for 48 hours minimum.

  9. Shower/Tub Lath

  10. Final
    To be scheduled when the structure is ready for occupancy.

  11. Note: Other departments/agencies must give their final approval before the building inspector can "final" the structure. Examples of these agencies include the Planning Department, Health Department, Fire Department.

    Further information may be obtained by speaking with a Permits Center representative or by contacting a Building Inspector at (831) 755-4800