New building construction, addition, alteration/remodeling and tenant space finish work; trade installation or replacement work (such as for furnaces, central A.C. units, water heaters or electrical services panels or circuits); and building/structural demolition work completed under a valid, issued building permit are required to be inspected and approved by City inspectors at various stages of work. All completed work must be visible to the City inspector at the time of inspection.
The types and number of required City inspections depends on the type of project and the extent of construction work performed; however all building permit types require a final inspection to be completed and approved by the City before the permit can be closed or an official Certificate of Occupancy (when required by the City) can be issued. For every new building construction, addition, alteration/remodeling or tenant finish building permit, hard copies of a Building Permit Card and Inspection Ticket specific to the permitted project (listing the types of inspections required) are provided to the permit applicant when the permit is issued.
Information regarding the types of inspections that may be required, when and how to schedule required inspections, how to check the results of requested/completed inspections and other permit holder/permit contractor resources for required building inspections can be found below.
Scheduling Standard Inspections and Remote Virtual Inspections (RVIs)
Building inspections may be requested 24-hours a day, 7 days a week by telephone using the Inspection Hotline (785) 832-7710, or online through the Citizen Access portal. Inspections should be arranged before 7:00 am of the day requested. Same-day inspection requests received after 7:00 am will be accommodated, if possible. A fee of $47.00 will be charged for same-day inspections.
Inspection hours for standard inspections are 8:30 am to noon and 1:15 – 4:00 pm . Inspection services, including will-call and same-day inspections are not available outside these hours.
Inspection hours for Remote Virtual Inspections are 9:00-11:30 am and 1:30-4:00 pm. View the Remote Virtual Inspections Guidelines for more info on eligible inspections and procedures.
The Building Safety Division provides will-call inspections for footing, concrete slab, foundation wall and sewer permits. Inspection requests must be made through the Inspection Hotline or online, prior to 7:00 am of the day of inspection. When work is complete, the contractor should notify the Development Services Office at (785) 832-7700. An inspector will arrive at the site, typically within 25 minutes to perform the inspection. Will-Call inspection hours are 8:30 to 11:00 am and 1:30 – 4:00 pm.
Permit Holder/Permit Contractor Resources
We are committed to providing thorough, accurate and consistent inspections of building construction projects. Inspection checklists are intended to assist permit holders with preparing for inspections. Building projects must comply with all applicable codes whether or not included in a particular checklist.
- Inspection Hotline 785-832-7710
- Online Inspection Requests and Results
- Inspection Guidelines for 1 & 2 Family Dwellings (PDF)
- Residential Final Inspection Checklist (PDF)
- Residential Energy Code Certificate Template (PDF)
- Homeowner project guidelines and educational information
- Information on types of fire inspections that may be required by an approved building permit
- Fire line inspections, if required by an approved building permit
- Fire alarm system inspections, if required by an approved building permit