Building & Trades


CODE QUESTIONS - Please direct specific questions to the following: 

Different construction projects may require different inspections. Below are typical inspections that may be required depending on the scope of work. It is important to remember the Permit Holder is responsible for ensuring the inspection occurs and the person doing the work is financially responsible for the work meeting code. Being granted a permit never authorizes a code violation, even if the submittals are approved. Some inspections and approvals may require additional fees.

Temporary Power Inspection: An inspection for temporary power sets can be made after a meter socket, disconnect, and ground fault protected receptacles are placed on the building site.

Footing Inspection: This is done after the footing has been formed and any reinforcing steel is set in-place on chairs or other approved means but prior to the placement of concrete.

Groundwork Inspection: This is done after the underground or under slab plumbing is installed but prior to its being covered.

Sewer Inspection: This is done when the building sewer (the portion of the drainage system from two feet outside the building to the public sewer) is installed and prior to its being covered.

Gas Line Air Test: This is done after gas piping, fittings, unions, and valves authorized by the permit have been installed and before any such piping has been covered or concealed or any fixture or appliance has been attached thereto (a 10-psi air test is required).

Electrical Meter Set: The Electrical Meter set inspection is done so the permanent meter can be set. The electrical service equipment must be installed and bonded to a grounding electrode. This inspection authorizes utilities to energize equipment when requested by the contractor for electric service to facilitate construction.

Electrical Rough-In Inspection: This is done after the premises wiring system has been installed. This inspection should be before or at the same time as the framing inspection.

Plumbing Rough-In Inspection: This is done after the above-ground plumbing (water and drainage piping) is installed, prior to the framing inspection. This inspection should be before or at the same time as the framing inspection.

Mechanical Rough-In Inspection: This is done after the heating plant, vent, and ductwork has been installed. This inspection should be before or at the same time as the framing inspection.

Framing Inspection: This is done after the structure's walls, floors, and other framing members are in place and after the exterior sheathing has been installed. Additionally, the roof must be completed to the point where the building interior can be considered to be weather protected. All of the sub-systems such as plumbing, mechanical, and electrical must be inspected prior to the installation of wallboard, interior sheathing, and insulation. The framing inspection can be scheduled after plumbing, mechanical and electrical inspections have been completed.

Final Inspection:
This is done after all work shown on the approved plans has been completed. The electrical, mechanical and plumbing final inspections must be completed before the final building inspection can take place. Final inspections are required before using additions or remodeled spaces.
A Certificate of Occupancy is required prior to occupying a new building or residence. A Certificate of Occupancy is only issued after all other departments have final approvals issued. This includes Zoning final approvals, and in cases of commercial construction, a final Fire approval as well.

In some cases, a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy may be obtained. All trades must obtain an inspection and final approval for either a Final Occupancy or Temporary Occupancy. An additional fee is required for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy.

To schedule final Fire and/or Zoning inspections, please call:

Please be advised under Cedar Rapids Code, the building permit holder is responsible for the following:

  1. Notifying the Building Services Department when the project is ready for inspection. Please call
    319-286-5831 with the permit number, address, and type of inspection needed. Inspections should be requested the business day prior to the inspection before 4:00PM.
  2. Providing access and means for inspections, including:
    • ensuring the components to be inspected are readily visible and are not concealed or permanently covered; and
    • ensuring access to the work to be inspected is readily available by temporary stairs, ladder or other necessary means to perform the inspection.
  3. All corrections must be re-inspected by the appropriate trades inspector.
  4. Permits expire after one (1) year and will require renewal.


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