The Building Inspection Division (BID) performs construction related inspections for residential and commercial buildings within the City limits, and electrical and plumbing services in the extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ). Inspections are performed to ensure compliance with Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, Energy and Zoning Codes, and any special inspections needed to address unusual hazards. Inspections are generally the last steps of the development process. It ensures that residential and commercial structures and private property utilities (water, sewer and electric services) meet minimum building and life/safety requirements.
After a building permit is issued, inspections are performed based upon the scope of work and the construction requirements. Some inspections are a prerequisite to others. It is the responsibility of the permit holder and owner-general contractor to ensure the proper sequence of inspections (electric, plumbing and mechanical inspections can only be requested by the permitted contractor or authorized agent.) Completion of the inspection phase will lead to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
BID is the approval authority for all inspections regulated by the following Technical Codes:
Commercial Building Code (International Building Code) – Applies to all structures other than one-and-two-family-dwellings and townhomes, and applicable to construction when a building is remodeled or there is a change of occupancy.
Residential One-and-Two-Family Dwelling Code (International Residential Code) – Applies to all one-and-two-family-dwellings and townhouses, and includes mechanical, plumbing and energy system requirements.
Plumbing Code (Uniform Plumbing Code) – Applies to all plumbing system installations. Natural gas installations are also regulated by the plumbing code.
Commercial Mechanical Code (Uniform Mechanical Code) – Applies to all mechanical systems regulated by the Commercial Building Code.
Electrical Code (National Electrical Code) – Applies to all electrical systems installed in the jurisdiction.
The Energy Code (International Energy Conservation Code) – Applies to all commercial and residential projects.
Appeals of code interpretations may be heard before the Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals; the Electric Board; or the Mechanical, Plumbing and Solar Board.