Inspections

Storey County Community Development is also responsible for carrying out inspections of buildings, plan revisions, and the maintenance of applied, issued, expired, and canceled permits. Inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with building, fire and zoning codes and provide a level of necessary checks and balances in our growing county.

Residential Inspections:


Inspections will be required to be performed by a Building Inspector at various stages of construction. Below is a list of mandatory inspections that must be scheduled before moving on to the next phase of construction. You may schedule these inspection by calling (775) 847-0966.  


- Plot Plan
 – This inspection is addressed above.

- Footings and Stem Wall
 – The trenches, holes, reinforcements and forms must be inspected BEFORE concrete is poured. The inspector will also look at service grounding and any plumbing that will be buried under concrete.

- Rough Framing
 – This includes underfloor spaces such as plumbing or mechanical devices that will be beneath the floor. Do not cover the floor framing with sheathing until an inspector has looked at those items. The inspector will also want to look at the framing and connecting methods as well.

- Sheer and Hold Downs 
– The inspector will look at the nailing in the sheer panels and confirm that all hold downs called out for in the plans are in place. Washers and nuts should be in place and will be checked that they are properly tightened and all hold downs, ties, straps etc. are properly nailed. The inspector will also ensure that nails did not miss the studs. Numerous misses can lower the shear value of the walls. Counter-sinking fastener heads too deeply in a panel can affect the sheer value as well.

- Roof Nailing 
– The inspector will want to visualize the roof sheathing and confirm that all nailing is correct. At this time, the inspector will be looking for “shiners”, or nails that missed the studs. Again, excessive counter-sinking and too many misses decreases the strength of the sheathing. 

- Rough Electrical and Plumbing
 – Typically, these can be inspected together as they must be inspected before being covered with insulation. Plumbing will need to be pressure tested using either the 10 foot head pressure test or an air pressure test.  All electrical wiring must be in place and secured 12 inches or less from any box. If wiring is run through wall studs, any hole closer than ½ inch from the edge must be fitted with nailing protection on the edge of the stud to protect the wiring from future drywall nails and screws.

- Insulation 
– After all insulation is installed, the inspector will want to confirm that all insulation has been installed properly and in accordance with what has been called out on the plans.

- Drywall Nailing – 
Before any tape or mud can be applied. The inspector will be looking at all areas to ensure no area has been missed. Minimum drywall nailing should be every 6 inches on the edges and 12 inches in the field of each sheet of drywall. The inspector will confirm that the appropriate type and thickness of drywall has been used.

- SPECIAL INSPECTIONS:
 At certain times and for various reasons, Community Development personnel may require a special inspection. These are inspections for items that may not be typical or have attributes too complex to visualize with just a walk though. This may include laboratory testing which Community Development does not have the ability to conduct. Example of special inspection may include;

- Concrete – There are several things related to concrete that may require a special inspection. For example, the compressive strength must be within a certain value. This type of inspection is conducted by a third party company using a lab. They will test a sample taken at the time of pour. It would be rare for this type of test to be required for a residential building.

- Compaction –
 The soils upon which the building is constructed must be within certain limits in order to support the weight of the construction. Compaction must be at 90% or better. Improper soils compaction could lead to cracks in concrete slabs and could later destabilize the home. Generally these are required when new fill material is used to build up the pad where the home will be built. If the fill has been in one place without being moved for several years, a special inspection would not be required. Your inspector will be able to assess the situation during the initial plot inspection to determine if a compaction test would be needed.

- Structural Steel –
 In some cases, structural steel is called for in the construction of certain parts of the home. If steel construction is called out, then certain welds, pins or bolts may need to have a special inspection. Again, the Plans Examiner or your Inspector will be able to guide you if a special inspection is recommended. 

Commercial Inspections:

All special inspections reports must be sent to inspections@storeycounty.org

We ask that inspections are requested 24-hours in advance. These may be scheduled by simply calling the office at the phone number listed in the right column.

Yes

 No

Inspection – Underground Plumbing

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Storm sewer, drains, oil, sand catch basins and retention pond(s)

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Thrust Block(s)

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Underground electrical and grounding

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Fire hydrant flush and loop

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Footings and Rebar

Special Inspector

Yes

 No

Inspection – Footings, rebar and forms

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Footings pour

Special Inspector

Yes

 No

Inspection - Pour footings slump, air, temp and placement

Special Inspector

Yes

 No

Inspection – Anchor bolts and hold downs

Special Inspector

Yes

 No

Inspection – Anchor bolts and hold downs

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Slab, rebar and dowels

Special Inspector

Yes

 No

Inspection – Slab, rebar and dowels

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Pouring concrete slab

Special Inspector

Yes

 No

Inspection – Pouring concrete slab

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Tilt up panels, rebar and embeds

Special Inspector

Yes

 No

Inspection – Tilt up panels, rebar and embeds

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Panel pour

Special Inspector

Yes

 No

Inspection – Panel pour

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Columns and beams

Special Inspector

Yes

 No

Inspection – Columns and beams

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection - Roof

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Roof sheeting and nail(s)

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Siding Panels

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection Frame rough electrical, mechanical, plumbing and metal bolts

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Electrical service

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Gas service

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Sheet rock

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Fire taping sheet rock

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – T Bar ceiling

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Fire alarms

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Fire sprinkler system

(775) 847-0966

Yes

 No

Inspection – Certificate of Occupancy

(775) 847-0966