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New Home Inspections

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									                                                                                               Fairfax County
NEW HOME INSPECTIONS                                                                                   VIRGINIA
Land Development Services
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services

Hours of Operation:        Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
                           Friday: 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location:     Herrity Building
              12055 Government Center Parkway
              Fairfax, VA 22035-5504
              Telephone: 703-222-0801
              TTY: 711

Visit us on the web at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes

This publication provides inspection requirements, including a complete list of required inspections for
new homes, the type of permit to which the inspection applies, and the stage of construction at which
the project should be inspected.

                                                    in this publication:

            INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS .............................................................................. 1
            WHO PERFORMS THE INSPECTIONS .................................................................... 2
            SCHEDULING AN INSPECTION ............................................................................. 2
            INFORMATION NECESSARY TO SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION................................. 2
            INSPECTION TIMING CHECKLIST......................................................................... 3


 INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS
       Please review the Inspection Timing Check List on page 3 to determine the time and number of
        inspections required.

       All close-in inspections and final inspections for building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing
        permits are required to be conducted simultaneously; the inspector may hold the requests until all
        trades are ready to be inspected.

       Please note: new homes built on problem soils are required to have all foundation inspections
        (footings, basement walls, slabs, waterproofing, grade beams and hearth extension) performed by
        a licensed private geotechnical engineer. See the Inspection Timing Check List.

       A county-approved copy of the grading plan, building plans and Residential Heat Loss and Heat
        Gain Certification must be on the job site and must be available to the inspector during each
        inspection.

       In non-problem soils areas, a pre-approved private engineer or architect may perform the
        foundation inspections if the Residential Inspections Division is contacted prior to activation of the
        building permit. Please call 703-631-5101, TTY 711, for more information.




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WHO PERFORMS THE INSPECTIONS
Inspectors from different agencies may inspect your new home depending on the type of inspection and
site conditions. Use the table below to guide you.

              INSPECTION TYPE                       INSPECTOR                AGENCY INFORMATION
                                                                         Residential Inspections Division
 Building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical    Residential inspector
                                                                           703-631-5101, TTY 711
                                                                               Health Department
 Septic system and/or well                       Health inspector
                                                                           703-246-2201, TTY 711
                                                                          Environmental Facilities and
 Residential use permit (RUP)                      Site inspector             Inspections Division
                                                                           703-324-1950, TTY 711


 SCHEDULING AN INSPECTION
It is the responsibility of the permit holder or the permit holder’s representative to notify the county when
the stages of construction are reached that require an inspection. Ladders, scaffolds and testing
equipment required to complete an inspection must be provided. Inspection requests may be made using
one of the three methods listed below; please have your permit number available when scheduling an
inspection. Requests made prior to 11:59 p.m. on automated systems will be scheduled for the next
workday.
      Inspection Request Center: 703-222-0455, TTY 711, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday,
        and 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays.
      Fairfax Inspections Database Online (FIDO): www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fido or call 703-222-
       2474, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Please note: you must contact the Health Department at 703-246-2201, to schedule a septic system or
well inspection.

INFORMATION NECESSARY TO SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION
Listed below are the minimum information necessary to successfully schedule an inspection. Most of the
information below can be found on your permit or permit application.
      Permit number
      Address (address or lot number must be clearly marked in the field)
      Owner's name
      Tax map number (this can be also be found at
       http://icare.fairfaxcounty.gov/Search/GenericSearch.aspx?mode=ADDRESS)
      For a residential use permits (RUP), you will also need the designated inspection area. Use the
       table below to help you determine your area. Your supervisor district can be found using the Web
       site above.
                                  DESIGNATED                   SUPERVISOR
                                INSPECTION AREA                  DISTRICT
                                       1                    Lee, Mount Vernon
                                       2                   Braddock, Springfield
                                       3                    Mason, Providence
                                       4                        Dranesville
                                       5                           Sully
                                       6                        Hunter Mill




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                                                                                         INSPECTION TIMING CHECKLIST
                             APPLICABLE
                               PERMIT
                                                                                                         REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO INSPECTION




                                                                  SEPTIC/WELL
                             MECHANICAL


                                                     ELECTRICAL
                                          PLUMBING
                  BUILDING
  INSPECTION
                                                                                      Notes:
     TYPE




                                                                                RUP
                                                                                      1. Approval must be obtained prior to proceeding with the next applicable element.
                                                                                      2. All inspections are conducted by residential inspectors.



 Footing            X                                                                  The footing trench/formwork must be prepared and inspected prior to
                                                                                        placement of concrete.
                                                                                       The bottom of the footing must bear on solid ground.
                                                                                       If problem soil, inspection must be made by a geotechnical engineer.
                                                                                       In non-problem soils areas, a pre-approved private engineer or architect may
                                                                                        perform this inspection.
 Tap                X                                                                  All piping must be in place. A residential inspector must witness the
                                                                                        connection of the sewer lateral to the public sewer. A homeowner is NOT
                                                                                        permitted to make a sewer tap.
        Public      X                                                                  Sewer lateral must be installed.
                                                                                       All piping must be tested. The flow test must be witnessed and approved by
Sewer




                                                                                        an inspector.
        Septic                                                       X                 Sewer line must be installed five feet minimum outside of building wall.
                                                                                       All piping must be tested. The flow test must be witnessed and approved by
                                                                                        an inspector.
        Public                              X                                          The water pipe between the public main or well and house wall must be
                                                                                        installed.
Water




                                                                                       All piping must be pressure tested. The test must be witnessed and
        Well                                                         X                  approved by an inspector.
                                                                                       This inspection can be made at the same time as the building sewer
                                                                                        inspection.
 Plumbing                                   X                                          All sewer and water pipe placed beneath concrete slab must be installed.
 Ground Work                                                                           Safe access must be provided to location of all pipe.
 Basement Wall      X                                                                  Forms must be installed and prepared for concrete; reinforcing steel must be
                                                                                        in place.
                                                                                       If problem soil, inspection must be made by a geotechnical engineer.
                                                                                       In non-problem soils areas, a pre-approved private engineer or architect may
                                                                                        perform this inspection.
 Slab               x                                                                  The area must be prepared for concrete; reinforcing steel must be in place.
                                                                                       The gravel and vapor barrier must be in place.
                                                                                       If drain tile is specified, it must be in place, properly sloped and tied to the
                                                                                        proper outfall.
                                                                                       If problem soil and/or compacted fill, inspection must be made by a
                                                                                        geotechnical engineer.
                                                                                       In non-problem soils areas, a pre-approved private engineer or architect may
                                                                                        perform this inspection.
 Waterproofing      x                                                                  All parging and waterproofing must be installed.
 (backfilling)                                                                         If problem soils, backfill material and its placement must be certified by a
                                                                                        geotechnical engineer.
 Masonry            X                                                                  All forms, reinforcing steel, and flashing must be in place.
 Chimney                                                                               In non-problem soils areas, a pre-approved private engineer or architect may
 Hearth                                                                                 perform this inspection.
 Fireplace          X                                                                  Firebox construction must be complete.
 Throat                                                                                Flue liner must be set.
 Electrical         X                                                                  The house must be weather-tight.
 Service                                                                               The service must be readily accessible.
 (Temporary for                                                                        Main service entrance cable must be installed in the panel.
 permanent)                                                                            The service equipment must be properly grounded.
 Close-in                                   X                                          All vents, gas piping, sewer pipe and/or water pipe to be enclosed must be
                                                                                        installed and pressure tested.

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                                                                                            INSPECTION TIMING CHECKLIST
                              APPLICABLE
                                PERMIT
                                                                                                           REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO INSPECTION




                                                                   SEPTIC/WELL
                              MECHANICAL


                                                      ELECTRICAL
                                           PLUMBING
                   BUILDING
 INSPECTION
                                                                                       Notes:
    TYPE




                                                                                 RUP
                                                                                       1. Approval must be obtained prior to proceeding with the next applicable element.
                                                                                       2. All inspections are conducted by residential inspectors.



                                                         x                                All electrical wiring must be installed and electrical boxes set.
 Framing             x                                                                    Concrete or masonry walls and slabs must be inspected and approved.
                                                                                          Sill plates must be installed and secured to the foundation walls.
                                                                                          Stairways must be in place and secured.
                                                                                          All subflooring must be installed.
                                                                                          Structure must be weather tight.
                                                                                          Wall and roof sheathing must be installed.
                                                                                          Windows and doors must be installed.
                                                                                          Electrical and plumbing close-in inspections must be approved or
                                                                                           completed at the same time as the framing inspection.
 Mechanical                      x                                                        Duct work must be installed.
 Close-in                                                                                 Insulation must be in place.
                                                                                          Close-in and framing inspections must be approved.
                                                                                          HVAC equipment does not have to be in place at the time of the close-in
                                                                                           inspection. However, if an attic furnace is to be installed, its platform must
                                                                                           be in place and installed.
 Final                                                   x                                Electrical wiring must be complete.
                                                                                          Appliances, fixtures, outlets, panels, switches, etc., must be installed.
                                                                                          A panel box index must be complete.
                                             x                                            Plumbing fixtures and piping must be installed.
                                                                                          Roughed-in plumbing fixtures must be permanently capped.
                                                                                          Approvals must be secured from the Health Department for well and septic
                                                                                           systems.
                                                                                          The meter(s) must be set by Fairfax Water.
                                 x                                                        HVAC equipment must be installed and operating properly.
                                                                                          Attic, basement and/or crawl space insulation must be installed.
                     x                                                                    Street address must be attached to structure and readable from the street.
                                                                                          All work on the approved plans must be complete, including final grading.
                                                                                          The structure must be ready for use and occupancy.
 Residential Use                                                                 x        All required final inspections must be approved.
 Permit                                                                                   Sodding or seeding, landscaping, and screening must be complete unless
                                                                                           granted a waiver during the winter.
                                                                                          Fire hydrants must be operational. If fire lanes are present, Fire Marshal
                                                                                           approval is required.
                                                                                          All lead walks must be complete. Streets and sidewalks must be complete
                                                                                           except for final surface unless granted a waiver during the winter.
                                                                                          All storm and sanitary sewer installed, approved and accepted into the
                                                                                           county system.
                                                                                          Curb, gutter and sidewalk in front of house must be complete.
                                                                                          Trails and walkways must be delineated.
                                                                                          All street name signs and street addresses must be installed.
                                                                                          All geotechnical certifications must be submitted.
                                                                                          All applicable proffers must be satisfied.

Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities
and will provide this document in alternative formats and in different languages upon request. Please call
703-324-5033, TTY 711 or write Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Suite 659,
12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035-5506. Please allow at least seven working days
for preparation of material.



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