Inspections

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1. Why do I need an inspection?

City building inspectors conduct inspections to ensure compliance with approved plans, and local and state building code regulations; they conduct inspections that relate to life-safety, structural integrity, accessibility, energy-efficiency, electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems. The inspection process helps ensure public safety, health and welfare, and secures the value of property improvements. 

2. Who can schedule a building inspection?

Anyone associated with the building permit can schedule an inspection: the general contractor, the homeowner (if listed as the general contractor on the permit), the trade contractor, or their official agents.

It is solely the responsibility of the permit holder to keep a permit active by actively performing work toward the completion of the project as permitted by scheduling an inspection.

3. When/What inspections are required?

Inspections are performed at critical junctures over the course of construction as authorized by the building permit. Regularly called inspections include foundation, rough frame combination, exterior lath and drywall, and final inspection. Intermediary inspections traditionally include underground plumbing and electrical, exterior sheer and roof nail inspection that allow weather covering prior to frame combo, insulation, and electric meter release prior to final. Partial inspections may be requested in order to facilitate the coordination of the trades.

All projects require a final inspection.

4. How do I schedule an inspection?

Note: Building Inspections requested before 4 pm can be performed the following business day. No inspections are performed during the weekends or on alternate Fridays when City Hall is closed. 

Contractors:

a.) Online: this service requires creating an account (click icon below)

Schedule an Inspection

Click here to see scheduled inspections.

Click here to cancel an inspection.

b.) By phone, 24-hour inspection hotline: (760) 744-0040

b.) By email: buildinginspections@san-marcos.net.  

Please provide the following information when leaving a voicemail or email: name and phone number of the person requesting the inspection, permit number, address and inspection type.

Hours of Work & Holiday Schedule

Homeowners:

a.) By phone, 24-hour inspection hotline: (760) 744-0040

b.) By email: buildinginspections@san-marcos.net

Please provide the following information when leaving a voicemail or email: name and phone number of the person requesting the inspection, permit number, address and inspection type.

5. Appointment Confirmation: 

  • Inspections can be performed the following business day if requested by 4 pm. 
  • Unless otherwise informed, the inspection will be performed on the requested day. 
  • To learn an estimated time frame for a requested inspection, please call (760) 744-1050, ext. 3241 between 7:30 and 8 am on the morning of the inspection date.

6. Canceling an inspection

7. Contacting your inspector

Inspectors can answer questions, address concerns and can usually identify a time window for scheduled inspections. Because inspectors are operating in the field on a daily basis, the best time(s) to contact an inspector are early mornings or late afternoons.

Inspector Paul Donaldson
pdonaldson@san-marcos.net
(760) 744-1050, ext. 3245

Inspector Katherine Donathan
kdonathan@san-marcos.net
(760) 744-1050, ext. 3256

Inspector John Rodriguez
jjrodriguez@san-marcos.net
(760) 744-1050, ext. 3247