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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. New Home Inspections 1 Last Updated: 3/4/08 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 New Home Inspections 2 Last Updated: 3/4/08 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. New Home Inspections 3 Last Updated: 3/4/08 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. New Home Inspections 4 Last Updated: 3/4/08
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