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Schedule an Inspection

Inspections are to be scheduled as normal. On the day of your inspection, your inspector will contact you by phone to set up an inspection time.

If you have questions, you can visit our Inspection Status page for up-to-date information on scheduled inspections, your inspector's name, and cell phone number.

Inspection requests can be made 24 hours a day by phone or online. Requests made before 6:00 p.m. will be scheduled for the following work day. Requests made after 6:00 p.m. and on weekends or holidays will be scheduled two working days later.


  • Online: This service requires creating a public user account.
  • In person: visit us at 300 Richards Boulevard in Sacramento - Currently unavailable due to counter closures.
  • By phone: 916-808-7622 (option 1)


  • OnlineThis service requires creating a public user account.

  • By phone: (916) 808-7622 (option 2) by 7:00 a.m. the day of the inspection.


Extended inspection hours are offered for your convenience and will be scheduled based upon availability of inspectors. To request an after-hour inspection, submit the following form. There is an additional fee of $492 for a minimum of two hour inspection for this service.


Construction work may only commence Monday through Saturday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. In case of urgent necessity and in the interest of public health and welfare the Chief Building Official may permit work to be done outside of these hours for a period not to exceed three days (Sacramento City Code 8.68.080). Application for this exemption may be made in conjunction with the building permit application or during construction. To make a request for after hours construction work download our template here.


If an applicant receives a correction notice during an inspection, a re-inspection of the work is required. Once the corrections have been made and the re-inspection fee paid, the customer can reschedule the inspection. Note: A re-inspection fee will be assessed if the corrections are not completed.


The following is required at the time of an inspection:

  • Approved plans and documents
  • Inspection permit jacket
  • An adult 18 years of age or older must be present to allow access to the inspection site
  • All work to be inspected must not be covered or concealed
  • Areas to be inspected shall have adequate lighting
  • All household pets shall be secured away from the construction site
  • If access to inspection location requires a ladder or scaffolds it must be provided by the homeowner/contractor.  These items shall comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.
  • A safe path of travel shall be provided throughout the inspection site. Crawl spaces must be dry, free of obstruction (e.g., insects, rodents, etc.) and deemed safe by the inspector.
    All electrical panels and junction boxes to be inspected shall be open and accessible for inspection. Inspectors will not open boxes or take apart electrical equipment.


A Safety Inspection request record is required before scheduling an SMUD and/or PG&E Safety Inspection.  

Safety Inspections allow the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and the Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) service technicians to reconnect and energize gas or electrical services. If services have been disconnected at a property for an extended period, SMUD and PG&E may require that the existing, currently inactive, electrical or gas systems be inspected for code compliance prior to restoration.

 If city inspectors are unable to access the property to perform this inspection - including access to the interior - a new safety inspection request must be obtained. If the safety inspection does not pass, a separate building permit will be required before repair work can begin and additional inspection scheduled.


Return to the main Inspections page.