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 day's 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.

Basic Inspections Required

Generally, inspections are classified into three groups, Residential (R) (PDF), Commercial (C), and Manufactured Dwellings (MH) (PDF), and are made in a specific sequence. 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. 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:

  • Drywall: (Commercial Only) After the drywall is in place and before gypsum board joints and fasteners are taped and finished.
  • Final: After finish grading and the building is completed and ready for occupancy.
  • Footings: Prior to placing concrete for the footings and/or foundation. All reinforcement shall be in place.
  • 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.
  • Insulation: After all insulation and required vapor barriers are in place, before the interior wall covering is applied.
  • Slab: Prior to placing any slab of 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: Underfloor Framing/Mechanical/Plumbing: Prior to installing floor sheathing, including subfloor at the lowest floor level.

Douglas County Inspection Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System

In an effort to streamline our operations and improve customer services, Douglas County has implemented an Interactive Voice Response system, 541-440-4284. View a list of inspection codes (PDF).