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New Building Construction Inspection Requirements: Residential and Commercial (PDF)
The City will make every effort to provide inspections on your requested date. However, please be aware the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code allows two working days from the date of request to perform the inspection.
You can request your inspections by phone or online.
You may request inspections by telephone or online via our eBUILD site.
All phone-in inspection requests should be directed to the City's Customer Contact Center at 757-382-CITY (2489). You may also submit your inspection request online via the City of Chesapeake Customer Contact Center. Online submittals may be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You may request a next-business-day inspection by phone, or online up to 11:59 a.m. the previous day.
All inspections by phone should be directed to the City's Customer Contact Center at 757-382-CITY (2489). Operator on duty - Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Callers must be prepared to provide specific required information when requesting an inspection.
The Department of Development and Permits-issued standard operating procedures include the Code Compliance Inspectors leaving a yellow inspection card at the job site to notify the permit holder if the inspection was approved or rejected with a brief explanation if rejected.
All new residential dwellings are required to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy after the completion of all required construction inspections.
As required by Section §116.1 of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, any building or structure constructed under this code shall not be used until a Certificate of Use and Occupancy has been issued by the building official.
You may contact the Building Code Official in the Department of Development and Permits and apply for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. However, the following are guidelines to apply for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy:
Should the applicant fail to renew and/or complete inspections/conditions of a permit authorized a temporary occupancy, this privilege will be suspended until full compliance is achieved.