Permits are not finalized until all required inspections have been conducted and the construction is approved. Building permits are valid and inspections can be made for two years after the permit is issued. Building permits will expire if work does not commence within six months of permit issuance, or ceases for more than six months. Regular inspections must be requested at each stage of construction prior to concealment or cover. The following outlines the process for building construction inspections:
1. The customer requests an inspection by one of the following options:
- By phone using the Automated Inspection Request System (AIRS) at 602-495-0800. This is a computer-based interactive voice response system. The customer must have a touch-tone phone to use this system. Inspection requests made before 9 p.m. will be scheduled for the next business day.
- Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., if the customer does not have a touch-tone phone or would rather speak to city staff, they may call 602-495-0800, and remain on the line for assistance.
- By internet using the Online Permitting System and selecting "Cancel or Request Inspections." To request an inspection, the customer will enter the key number that is printed on the receipt issued when the permit is purchased.
2. A city inspector conducts the inspection based on the approved plans and adopted city codes and ordinances. If the inspection fails, the contractor is notified with a red tag that lists the issue(s) that must be resolved. After resolving the issue the customer must call for a re-inspection. Upon passing inspection, work may continue to the next stage.
3. All required inspections must be conducted and the construction approved before permanent occupancy will be allowed. The final inspection is conducted when work on the project is completed. This includes all off-site (right-of-way) and on-site (lot) improvements. If the project requires a Certificate of Occupancy, one will be issued. If not, a green tag will signify compliance.