Inspector & Inspection Information

Daily Schedule
Inspectors are in the field usually until 4 p.m. each day. If you need to reach them, please contact them in the office between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. each day. The inspectors receive their inspection lists for the next day during this time and will contact you concerning your inspections for the next day after he has had an opportunity to review his schedule for the day if needed. Please note that the inspector is not able to schedule a specific time for an inspection.

Inspectors are not allowed to inspect an occupied residence without a responsible party (usually the permit holder) present with them during the inspection. Requests for inspections must be placed on the division’s inspection request line at 540-853-1142 or on the Online Permit Center. Please do not call the inspectors directly to schedule an inspection. When requesting an inspection, you must provide the following information:
  • Address of the job
  • Contact or callback number of person making the request
  • Name of person making the request
  • Permit number
  • Type inspection requested (footing, rough-in, final, etc,)
  • Type of permit
Inspections must be requested not later than 4 p.m. to be placed on the inspector’s schedule for the next working day. Any request received after 4 p.m. will be placed on the schedule for the second working day.

Examples
  • Inspections request at 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, December 13, 2015 will be placed on the inspection schedule for Wednesday, December 14, 2015.
  • Inspections request at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, December 13, 2015 will be placed on the inspections schedule for Thursday, December 15, 2015.
  • Inspections request at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, 2015 will be placed on the inspector’s schedule for Monday, December 26, 2015.
  • Inspections request anytime after 4 p.m. on Friday, December 23, 2015 will be placed on the inspector’s schedule for Tuesday, December 27, 2015.
Priority
Footings, foundations and water and sewer line inspections will be given a priority when requested to assist you in pours and covering open excavations. Same day inspections will be considered on an emergency basis only. For a same day inspections request to be considered, you must first request the inspection through one of the methods described above. Be sure to indicate on your request that this is an emergency situation and you need an inspection as soon as possible. Same day inspections cannot be guaranteed and will only be performed if inspectors are available.

You must leave a call back number for same day requests.

Special Weather Conditions

Special weather conditions may affect the inspector’s ability to perform inspections. Should you have a question concerning inspections for a particular day, please contact the Inspections Scheduler at 540-853-1142. If inspections are cancelled for any particular day, the inspector will contact you if you have provided a call back number when the inspection was requested.

Inspector Assignments
Inspectors carry mobile devices and may be reached by email at all times. This is the preferred method of contact since they are able to complete any inspection in progress and reply when time permits.