General Information: Residential Building Inspections
Before starting any project it’s good to consider permits and if you need them. We have a handy guide on this page answering the question Permits: Do I need one? There are four important areas which must be considered for residential inspections.
Plan Review Time Frame
The time permitted to review a set of residential plans is 15 business days from the submittal date. For further information please review the residential section of Act 45 of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code by clicking here.
ABI has developed a basic Residential Plan Review Checklist. Please click on this link to review the requirements for residential permit submittals. If you have any questions after reviewing this please contact our office.
The following inspections will be required for residential projects. The number and type of inspections may vary based on the type and complexity of the project. Footer (before pouring), Foundation (before backfilling and after waterproofing has been applied or concrete walls before pouring), Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Insulation, Framing, and Final Use & Occupancy approval.
The Certificate of Use and Occupancy
In order to receive a final Use & Occupancy approval, the following items shall be completed in their entirety. All mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems shall be fully functional. Smoke detectors shall be fully operational. All handrails, guardrails, and stairway systems shall be complete. All downspouts shall be in place and final grading shall be complete. All floor sheathing and wall coverings shall be complete. NO occupancy is allowed without the Use & Occupancy Certificate granted by the Code Official.