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Information about inspections, including processes, procedures, and general requirements.

Visit our Inspection and Construction Guidelines for detailed information about Certificate of Occupancy requirements and preconstruction inspection processes.

Inspection Process – Basic Steps

Get Your Permit

Apply for your permit online at MyBuildingPermit. We do not accept paper applications or plans.

Your permit will be issued to you electronically via an email on your dashboard.

Review Your Required Inspections

Review the list of required inspections on your permit.

Pre-construction Inspections

Some permits require a pre-construction meeting; there will be a stamp on your approved plan set noting that a pre-construction meeting is required.

This means the inspector will meet with you at the job site before you start any construction work. If required, schedule a pre-construction meeting (also referred to as a precon/jobcon) before you begin work.

Schedule Your Inspections

Schedule your required inspections, listed on your permit, in order (read left to right). Contact the inspector or call 425-452-4570 if you have questions.

Learn more about scheduling inspections online or by phone.

Schedule the Final Inspection

When all other inspections are signed off (approved), schedule the final inspection.

The sign-off on your final building inspection is your authorization to occupy the premises--unless a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is required; your permit identifies required certificate-of-occupancy inspections.

If a CO is required, you must obtain that certificate before you can occupy your building or tenant space. Call the Occupancy Coordinator (425-452-4570) for information about the CO process.

Tips for a Successful Inspection

  • Have your permit and any approved plans at the site and available for the inspector.
  • Be ready for your inspection before the inspector arrives; otherwise, you may be required to re-schedule and pay a re-inspection fee.
  • Make sure the work has been inspected before covering it.
  • Start the work within one year of the issuance date and complete the work within three years of the issuance date.
  • Obtain a final inspection to complete the process and close out your permit. Most insurance companies will not cover damages that involve work not inspected as required by the city.
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