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Commercial New Construction (Shell) Building Inspections

 Commercial New Construction Building Inspections

Prior to the initial site inspection on large commercial projects, it is necessary to partner with Stormwater, Parks, Zoning, Natural Resources Staff, DPW and City Legal departments, to enforce applicable city and state Codes.


To be made after the reinforcement is in place, all concealed conduit, piping, ducts and vents are installed and the electrical, plumbing and mechanical work is complete. Slab shall not be poured until all required inspections have been made and passed. For further information, refer to Slab/Foundation Requirements.

A survey prepared and certified by a registered surveyor shall be required for all new construction prior to approval of the framing inspection. Please refer to Site Plan Requirements for further information. A copy of the flood elevation certificate or survey shall be available for review at the job site before approval of the framing inspection for all new construction built in an ?A? or ?V? flood zone. The elevation certificate shall be filed with the Building Department prior to the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy.


To be made after the roof, all framing, fire blocking and bracing is in place, all concealing wiring, all pipes, chimneys, ducts and vents are complete and shall at a minimum include: Window/door framing installation, Vertical cells/columns, Lintel/tie beams, Framing/trusses/bracing/connectors, Draft stopping/fire-blocking, Curtain wall framing, Energy insulation, Accessibility.

Sheathing / Cladding

To be made either as part of a dry-in inspection or done separately at the request of the contractor after all roof and wall sheathing and fasteners are complete and shall at a minimum include: Roof & Wall sheathing, Sheathing fasteners, Roof/wall/dry-in, and Windows/door bucks.


Shall at a minimum include: Dry-in, Insulation, Roof coverings, and Flashings.

Fire Resistance Rated/Penetration

To be made after the installation of fire resistant drywall, joint/penetration protection, and fireproofing materials, and prior to installation of finishes.

Shell Final

To be made after the shell is completed and all required shell permits are final.

For further information, please refer to Inspection Requirements and Codes.



Plan Review

Code Services


Site Inspection

Building Inspection

Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing / Gas Inspection

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Updated: 06/14/2021