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Overview of the Inspection Process

Construction for which a permit is required shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection by the building official until approved. Work shall not be done beyond the point indicated in each successive inspection without first obtaining approval of the building official.

1. Footing & Foundation Inspection

Inspections shall be made after excavations for footings are complete and any required reinforcing steel is in place. Forms that are required for concrete foundations shall be in place prior to inspection and before pouring any concrete. Elevation and property lines must be identified at this inspection.
(MRC R109.1.1; MBC 110.3.1)

2. Concrete Slab & Under-Floor Inspection

Concrete slab and under-floor inspections shall be made after in-slab or under-floor reinforcing steel and building service equipment, conduit, piping accessories and other ancillary equipment items in place must be inspected prior to placing or floor sheathing installed, including the subfloor.
(MBC 110.3.2)

3. Floodplain Inspections

For construction in areas prone to flooding as established by MRC Table R301.2(1) or as required in MBC Sec. 1612.5, upon placement of the lowest floor, including basement, and prior to further vertical construction, the elevation certificate shall be submitted to the Building Official.
(MRC R109.1.3; MBC 110.3.3)

4. Plumbing, Mechanical, Gas & Electrical System Inspections

Rough inspection of plumbing, mechanical, gas and electrical systems shall be made prior to covering or concealment, before fixtures or appliances are set or installed, and prior to framing inspection. (MRC R109.1.2; MBC 110)

5. Frame & Masonry Inspection

Inspections shall be made after roof deck or sheathing, all framing, firestopping, draftstopping, and bracing are in place and pipes, chimneys and vents to be concealed are complete, but prior to installing shingles on the roof, call for an inspection of ice & water shield, and after the rough installation of electrical, plumbing, heating wires, pipes and ducts are approved. (MBC 110.3.4)

6. Energy Efficiency Inspection

Inspections shall be made to determine compliance with the Michigan uniform energy code. Prior to covering insulation, call to have the insulation and vapor retarder inspected. (MBC 110.3.7)

7. Fire-Resistance-Rated Construction Inspection

When required by the building official, inspection of fire-resistance-rated construction after all lathing and/or wallboard is in place, but before any plaster is applied, or before wallboard joints and fasteners are taped and finished. (MRC R109.1.5)

8. Special Inspections

When required, the owner or registered design professional in responsible charge acting as the owner's agent shall employ one or more agencies to perform inspections during construction listed under Section 1704. (MBC 110.3.9)

9. Final Inspection

All construction associated with all permits must be sufficiently complete prior to requesting a final inspection and Certificate of Occupancy. This includes approval of building, elevator, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. (MRC R109.1.6, MBC 110.3.10)

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