Building Inspections

Today's Inspection Schedule

Click for the Daily Inspection Schedule.

Request Inspections:

To schedule an inspection for Monday, you must call the Building Division BEFORE 4:00 p.m. on the previous Thursday.

To schedule an inspection for Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, you must submit a request by phone, email, or online form BEFORE 4:00 p.m. of the day before you want the inspection.

Phone: 707-778-4479

Email: cdd@cityofpetaluma.org

Online Form: Click here.

Residential Structures

If you are requesting a final inspection for a residential structure that requires a Certificate of Occupancy you must notify the Fire Marshal’s office separately at 707.778.4389 for a fire inspection.

Please leave the following information on the recording:

  1. Project address (including subdivision and lot number if applicable)
  2. Permit number
  3. Your name and company
  4. Your daytime phone number so we can reach you if needed
  5. Type of inspection requested, i.e., foundation, close-in, etc.
  6. Date inspection requested

Note: Inspections will be scheduled on the day requested between 9:00 AM and noon and 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Specific times cannot be given.

Building Inspection Procedures

Once construction plans and documents have been approved and the proper permits have been issued, work may begin. At specific stages of construction, the permit applicant or the contractor must request a building inspection. Approval for that phase must be obtained prior to construction of the next phase of the project. The following are examples of required inspections:

  1. A foundation inspection after excavations for footings or piers and grade beam are complete and any required reinforcing steel is in place. For concrete foundations, forms shall be in place along with any required bolts, anchors or straps.
  2. An under-slab inspection after all piping, equipment, conduit, etc. is installed, but before any concrete is placed. An additional slab inspection will be required for any reinforcing steel, base fill material, required bolts, anchors or straps.
  3. For a raised wood floor system, an under-floor inspection of framing, piping, ducts, conduit, equipment, etc. is required. An additional inspection of required thermal insulation is required before installing subfloor sheathing. A floor diaphragm nailing inspection may be required before building walls.
  4. A roof sheathing and shear wall sheathing inspection prior to concealment.
  5. A close-in inspection after all framing, fire blocking, and bracing are in place, including weather barrier on roof and walls and all plumbing, electrical, and mechanical installations are roughed in and ready for inspection and testing.
  6. A wall, ceiling, or roof/ceiling thermal insulation inspection including sealing of gaps and holes. See the California Energy Commission.
  7. A lath and/or gypsum board inspection after all lathing and gypsum board are in place, but before any plaster is applied and before gypsum board joints and fasteners are taped and finished.
  8. A final inspection after all the permitted work has been completed.

If you are not sure of the inspection requirements for your project, contact your inspector. The inspection card must be posted at the job site until the project is completed and has passed the final inspection.

Other Inspections:

In addition to inspection by City staff, inspections by other professionals may be required. These additional inspections are noted on approved plans. For example, new structures require an inspection by a soils engineer prior to pouring the foundation. Also, ongoing field observation by the structural engineer on the project may be required for residential construction and is required for all nonresidential construction.

photo of a building inspector on site


Inspections are an important part of making sure buildings are safe.

Close window