Inspection Failures

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Common Reasons for Residential Inspection Failures:


  • Not ready for inspection when requested
  • Not completed in accordance with the approved plans
  • Improper depth and/or widths of continuous perimeter or pier footings, and masonry fireplaces
  • Improper alignment of footings
  • Excessive slope on trench bottom and/or soil wash-in from sidewalls
  • Improper re-bar size and/or installation, including overlaps, and clearances to soil
  • Re-bar supports spaced too far apart, creating re-bar deflection
  • Pier footings exceed maximum spacing allowed
  • Stumps, roots, organic material, or water within excavated areas
  • Not in compliance with zoning setbacks

Pre-Slab Floors:

  • Not ready for inspection when requested
  • Fill not compacted
  • No approved vapor barrier installed in conditioned areas
  • Vapor barrier joints improperly overlapped or do not fully extend to perimeter edges
  • No control joints or wire reinforcement where required
  • No slope indicated toward garage doors
  • Indicated concrete thickness inadequate


  • Not ready for inspection when requested
  • Not constructed in accordance with approved plans
  • Improper anchor bolt/strap size, spacing, and/or installation
  • Anchor bolts countersunk into sill plate
  • Inadequate footing projection
  • Amount of projection exceeds the footing thickness
  • Improper masonry ties used in multiple wythe masonry
  • Improper bonding of masonry wall intersections and/or corners
  • Inadequate crawl space ventilation or access opening
  • Inadequate flood venting provided, if required
  • Failure to cap CMU piers with four inches of solid masonry or fully grout cells
  • Inadequate dampproofing, waterproofing, and/or drainage provided for basement

Exterior Sheathing Fastening:

  • Not ready for inspection when requested
  • Fasteners missed structural members
  • Fasteners exceed maximum spacing allowed or are non-existent
  • Fasteners pneumatically nailed too deeply into sheathing

Framing, Rough-in Plumbing, Rough-in Mechanical:

  • Not ready for inspection when requested
  • Not constructed in accordance with approved plans
  • Rough electrical inspection not conducted or not approved
  • Overspanned structural members, including header sizing
  • Engineered roof or floor trusses not braced in accordance with manufacturers instructions (permanent bracing instructions must be provided to this department)
  • Improper roof truss/rafter high-wind uplift connector attachment
  • Improper notching and/or drilling of structural members
  • Failure to install safety glazing in hazardous areas
  • No continuous support of structural walls, columns, or posts on load bearing beams, girders, or other walls
  • Pressure preservatively treated wood not used where required
  • Inadequate bedroom egress window size
  • Minimum ceiling heights not maintained
  • Lack of required flashings between wood and masonry
  • Inadequate chimney flashings
  • Lack of or inadequate fire stopping
  • Improper clearances maintained from masonry fireplaces to wood or other combustible framing
  • Improper attic ventilation
  • No pressure test on plumbing supply or DWV piping, or leaks found
  • Improper plumbing pipe sizing, sloping of DWV piping, materials used, and/or supports
  • No protection of piping through plates, studs, or other structural members
  • No anti-scald devices on shower and bath tub fixtures
  • Improper plumbing trap designs installed
  • Improper plumbing venting
  • Inadequate LPG piping installation depth below grade or structural protection compromised
  • HVAC duct work improperly installed
  • No or insufficient access to the attic-installed HVAC equipment and work area
  • Separate condensate drain pipes not supplied from HVAC air handler and pan in attic installations
  • Crawl space - installed air handlers do not meet minimum clearances to crawl space floor

Energy Code Compliance:

  • Not ready for inspection when requested
  • Improper R-value installed, including slab
  • Built-up exterior corner stud joints not caulked
  • Penetrations through sole and double top plates not caulked or otherwise sealed
  • Non-rated caulking installed in rated wall and/or floor assemblies' penetrations
  • Vapor barrier not facing conditioned side of structure, or not installed in accordance with manufacturer's printed instructions
  • No insulation installed around window or door frames, nor otherwise sealed
  • No minimum one-inch air space where insulation is installed between roof rafters in a cathedral/sloped ceiling


  • Not ready for inspection when requested
  • Could not gain entry inside because house was locked
  • 911 address number not posted, where required
  • Final electrical inspection not conducted or approved
  • Finished grading not completed
  • Handrailing and/or guardrailing improper or non-existent
  • Smoke detectors are not interconnected
  • Pop off valves on water heaters not piped to a safe location
  • Leaks found around plumbing fixtures/piping
  • Improper plumbing vent terminals
  • Water and/or sewage connections not completed
  • Mechanical installations not completed, not in accordance with manufacturer's installation instructions, or improper clearances maintained
  • Improper mechanical venting termination
  • Flood elevation certificate not completed, if applicable
  • Improper stair width, tread, and/or riser dimensions
  • Attic and/or floor insulation not completely installed
  • Other energy conserving materials removed or missing
  • Finished fireplace construction dimensions, terminations, or clearances not in compliance with code
  • Previous code violations exist which have not been satisfactorily resolved