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Types of Inspections

Provided below is a list of various inspection types and descriptions. For additional information, please contact Scarborough's Planning & Codes Department.

Inspection Type


Footing Inspection

Performed after forms are in, before footings are poured; setbacks to property lines must be verifiable.

Foundation Inspection


Performed after forms are in; bond outs and rebar installed.

Backfill Inspection


Performed after forms are removed, damp proofing applied, perimeter drains, stone and filter fabric in place & before placement of backfill.

On-site Subsurface Wastewater Disposal System


Minimum of 2 inspections – first at scarification of bed bottom; second when disposal bed, tank and distribution box, or pump station is installed but not buried.

Internal Plumbing Inspections


Sub-slab piping installations prior to concrete pour; above grade rough-in; required test (air or water) must be on.

Complete Rough-In Inspection


Includes the combined individual inspections for framing, plumbing and electrical rough-in prior to insulating and close-in.

Framing Inspection


Performed after any electrical and plumbing is roughed in, and after all framing, fire-stopping, draft stopping and bracing are in place.

Electrical Inspection



Performed prior to insulation and/or close-in.

Electrical Temporary Service

(one ground rod minimum)

Electrical Permanent Service

(two ground rods in place and panel is bonded)

Insulation Inspection

Insulation and air barrier; U-Value of windows; air sealing of all infiltration sources/penetrations in thermal envelope.

Fire Separation in garage

(required only if materials can not be verified at final)

Final Inspection

This inspection must receive final approval for the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy (when required) before the space can be occupied or used. This is the official end of the building permit process.

Inspection Checklists

Building Permit Application Checklist

Building Permit Plan Submittal Checklist

Building Inspection Checklist