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Development Services

Development Services

Building Department

Building Permit Inspections

After obtaining a permit and beginning construction work, inspections are required before any work can be covered or concealed. Construction is not approved until it has been inspected and accepted by inspection staff.  It is the responsibility of the contractor or the owner to schedule all required inspections.

 

Inspection Schedule/Timeframes

The City’s building inspectors create their inspection run list at the start of every morning. 

Routes are determined based on the list of inspection addresses for the day, therefore, requested timeframes are not guaranteed. 

Inspection timeframes are available by 7:45 am on the morning of your inspection and can be viewed online through the “Inspection Status Information” link below. 

How to Request an Inspection

Inspection requests must be made prior to 4:00 p.m. on a City business day in order for the inspection to be scheduled for the following business day. 

Inspections requests can be made by the following two ways:

  • Online via the form at the bottom of this page 
  • By Phone via the Automated Inspection line (949) 493-3172

City Staff does not provide a confirmation response for inspection requests left on the Automated Inspection line. Online inspection requests will receive a confirmation response by e-mail.

All inspection requests made by phone must include the following information in this order:

  • Permit Number
  • Job Site Address
  • Requested Date of Inspection
  • Type of Inspection(s) being requested
  • Job Site Contact Name and Phone Number
  • Gate Code or other special instructions
  • Specify whether you are requesting a remote video inspection

 Inspection Status Information

The status of your inspection request, the timeframe of your scheduled inspection and the results of your inspection can be viewed by clicking on the “Inspection Status Information” link below. Clicking on the link will take you to the City’s E-Trakit Portal. Please follow the steps outlined below to obtain the inspection status of your permit.

INSPECTION STATUS INFORMATION

Once in the E-Trakit Portal, follow these steps:

  • Use the drop down box and select "PERMIT NUMBER"
  • Enter the Permit # and press 'SEARCH'
  • Click on the permit to open the permit information
  • Click on:
    • "INSPECTIONS" - to view all of your inspection history & any scheduled inspection requests/timeframes (AM/PM timeframes can be viewed at 7:45am on the morning of your scheduled date)
    • "MORE INFO" - next to the associated inspection to view any corrections/notes from the inspector

 

Additional Inspection Information:

  • Building Inspector assignments are subject to change.
  • Inspectors do not set appointments. Your inspection timeframe is given as a courtesy. Our Inspectors aim to arrive at your job site within the given timeframe. 
  • AM Timeframe = 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    PM Timeframe = 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Inspection delays may occur due to weather,  traffic conditions or unforeseen issues at other inspection sites.
  • If no one is at the job site to meet with the Inspector, the Inspector will not conduct the inspection and the inspection will need to be re-scheduled.
  • If Inspectors are unable to complete all scheduled inspections, the uncompleted inspection(s) will be carried over to the next business day.
  • A re-inspection fee may be assessed when work is not ready, inspection card and/or approved plans are not available, no access has been provided or there is any deviation from the approved plans.

Responsibilities to Facilitate Inspections:

  • Complete all work related to the inspection.
  • Pay any re-inspection fees prior to scheduling your next inspection. 
  • Ensure that the approved/stamped plans and job card are on site at ALL times during inspections. 
  • Ensure site is secure and safe for an inspector to walk the property. All household pets shall be secured away from the construction site
  • All construction that requires a permit shall be inspected before it is covered or concealed
  • Ladders and scaffolds shall comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards
  • Areas to be inspected shall have adequate lighting
  • A safe path of travel shall be provided throughout the inspection site. Crawl spaces must be dry, free of obstruction (i.e., insects, rodents, etc.) and deemed safe by the inspector.
  • All electrical panels and junction boxes to be inspected shall be open and accessible for inspection. Inspectors will not open boxes or take apart electrical equipment.
  • Provide gate code or access numbers and contact info for guarded properties.
  • Provide all necessary documents to the inspector related to your inspection.

Overtime/Special Inspection Requests

An inspection request may be made for an inspection that needs to take place outside of regular business hours such as weekends or a non-City business day. In such cases, the applicant requesting the special inspection must pay for all overtime costs associated with the requested special inspection. Overtime/Special inspections require approval from both the Inspector and Building Official.

Building Inspectors Contact Information

Building Inspectors are available for questions during the following times:

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM & 3:30 - 4:30 PM (Mon - Thu)
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM & 3:00 - 3:30 PM (Fri)

William Forsythe: wforsythe@sanjuancapistrano.org 949-443-6303

Steve Salcedo: ssalcedo@sanjuancapistrano.org 949-443-6335

 

 


 

Online Inspection Requests

 Please complete the form below to request inspection(s).

**INSPECTIONS HAVE BEEN CAPPED FOR THURSDAY 9/16/21.

THE NEXT AVAILABLE INSPECTION IS FRIDAY 9/17/21.**

Enter Your Permit Number
Enter your job site address
Enter the date you want the inspection
Enter the type of inspection(s) you would like to request
AM or PM Preference (AM/PM requests are not a guarantee and is subject to change based on daily inspection route.)

Enter the name of the person to contact at the job site
Enter the Job Site Contact Phone Number
Email to reach you
Enter any special instructions or information here
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