Building Codes

INSPECTION REQUEST HOTLINE 615-805-3080.

ALL INSPECTIONS MUST BE SCHEDULED BEFORE 4:00 P.M. THE DAY BEFORE REQUESTING THE INSPECTION. ALL INSPECTIONS CALLED IN AFTER 4:00 P.M. WILL BE PLACED ON THE 2ND BUSINESS DAY. ALL INSPECTIONS ARE TO BE READY AT TIME OF INSPECTION REQUEST. – NO EXCEPTIONS

EFFECTIVE APRIL 2, 2019

  • ALL RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATIONS MAY TAKE UP TO 10 (TEN) BUSINESS DAYS – THIS EXCLUDES WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS.
  • ALL COMMERCIAL / INDUSTRIAL PERMIT APPLICATIONS MAY TAKE UP TO 30 (THIRTY) BUSINESS DAYS – THIS EXCLUDES WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS / THIS MAY TAKE LONGER IF BUILDING PLAN REVIEW COMMENTS ARE NOT ADDRESSED IN A TIMELY MANNER.

New Construction Inspection Guidelines

The following is a list of required inspections in their normal order of completion. Although they all may not be applicable to your particular project, please use it as a general guideline:

POST ADDRESS ON JOB SITE VISIBLE FROM THE STREET IF NOT POSTED, THIS WILL DELAY YOUR INSPECTIONS.

  1. PORTABLE TOILET FACILITIES ARE REQUIRED ON THE JOB SITE.
  2. Footings or Pier Footings  –  INSPECTION REQUIRED BEFORE POURING CONCRETE.
  3. Rough-In Underground Plumbing –  IF REQUIRED – ALL JOINTS TO BE LEFT UNCOVERED AND 5 FT. HEAD PIPE
  4. Building Slap Prep –  IF REQUIRED – AFTER UNDERGROUND PLUMBING HAS PASSED
  5. Sheathing/Braced Wall Inspection – ALL DAMP-PROOFING IS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME AND THE POSITIVE DRAIN INSTALLED. ALL REQUIRED BRACED WALL PANEL JOINTS ARE TO BE BLOCKED AT THIS TIME.
  6. GAS INSPECTION MUST BE APPROVED FROM THE PORTLAND GAS DEPARTMENT BEFORE REQUESTING FRAMING, PLUMBING & MECHANICAL INSPECTION! LEAVE GAS APPROVAL TAG IN WASHER BOX
  7. Plumbing Rough-In, Mechanical Rough-In, and Framing Inspection – THESE INSPECTIONS WILL ONLY TAKE PLACE AFTER THE STATE ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR HAS PASSED THE ROUGH-IN ELECTRICAL.
  8. Overhead Plumbing, Overhead Mechanical, Draft-Stop / Fire-Block Inspection
  9. Final Building, Final Plumbing, Final Mechanical – INSPECTION TO BE COMPLETED AFTER THE STATE ELECTRICAL INSPECTORS APPROVES THE FINAL ELECTRICAL INSPECTION. THIS IS A MOVE-IN READY COMPLETED PROJECT.

ALWAYS CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG!

IT’S FREE, IT’S EASY, AND IT’S THE LAW!

CALL 811, OR (800) 351-1111

The Building Codes department issues construction permits within the city limits of Portland and within the Portland planning region. This process typically includes plan review, issue of permit, and inspection of projects from the ground up.

The Building Codes department is also responsible for the adoption of codes relating to plumbing, electrical, mechanical and structural for both new and existing construction.