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Stages of Inspection - Housing

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Inspection Stages – Housing
  1. Footings: the building excavation must be complete and all footings and formwork for footings must be complete and provide an access for the inspector to the bottom of the excavation. No concrete is permitted to be placed until this inspection is passed.
  2. Lateral Sewers & Water: the sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water service must be completed to the interior of the building envelope (prior to backfill). The drain card must be available for the inspector to sign.
  3. Foundation: the foundation must be complete and damp proofing, weeping tile and drainage layer must be installed.
After backfilling, a foundation survey must be completed and submitted to the Building Services Division for review.
  1. Under Slab Drains: all underground drains must be complete, exposed for inspection and provide access to enable the inspector to view the drain layout. The drain card must also be complete and available for the inspector at this time.
  2. Rough-In Plumbing: all interior supply, vent and waste piping above the basement floor must be complete and visible for the inspector. This inspection must be passed before proceeding to any other inspection stage.
  3. Framing: all rough-in plumbing, wiring, rough-in mechanical and other services must be complete. The exterior cladding must be complete prior to calling for inspection of the framing.
  4. Solid Fuel Burning Appliance (e.g., wood stoves, fireplaces): appliance must be installed and the chimney needs to be completed for inspection.
  5. Mechanical Rough-In inspection: all mechanical duct work above the basement floor must be complete and visible for inspection.
  6. Insulation & Vapour/Air Barrier: this inspection occurs before the installation of any interior finish and after the completion of all thermal insulation and vapour barriers. All framing deficiencies must be rectified at this inspection.
  7. Final Plumbing: installation of all plumbing fixtures and all connections and piping at the basement level are reviewed at this inspection. The plumbing system shall be complete and operational for this inspection to occur.
  8. Final Interior: the project must be complete and ready to move in. You must have a water meter installed by the Town to receive the 'occupancy certificate'. The list of inspection items for occupancy is available here, from your assigned Building Inspector or at the Building Services Division office. A Certificate of Occupancy must be obtained prior to the occupancy of any new building. The Building Inspection division will not issue a Certificate of Occupancy if deficiencies and/or orders are still outstanding.
  9. Final Exterior: all exterior elements are in place and the final grading and sodding is complete.

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