Once a permit has been obtained from the Building Department there are certain responsibilities placed on the owner/contractor. The owner must post the permit on the job site during the entire time of the construction. Inspections for permits are conducted on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 AM to 1 PM. Inspection requests must be received by 3 PM on the business day prior.
A Building Contractor, must do the following: inform the Building and Inspection Department 24 hours before starting the work, call for an inspection 24 hours before pouring concrete footings, call for an inspection 24 hours before pouring concrete in reinforced construction (otherwise a load test will be required, it is highly recommended that the concrete be ordered after the inspection has been approved and not before), call for an inspection 24 hours before back filling and after footing tile and 12″ of gravel has been placed and walls have been damp proofed, call 24 hours for an inspection before any concrete floor slabs are poured and after any insulation, vapor barriers, plumbing or electrical has been installed, must call for an inspection 24 ahead on all framing, plumbing, electrical, insulation, etc.
A Plumbing Contractor must call 24 hours ahead for all inspections involving in-ground plumbing, rough plumbing, rough plumbing in concrete, plumbing test (air/water), water connection test, etc.
A Mechanical contractor must call 24 hours ahead when work is completed and ready for inspection.
An Electrical Contractor must call 24 hours ahead for all inspections involving in-ground electric, rough electric, rough electric in concrete, electric service (after installation of electric panel, meter trough and ground connection, the panel must be open and accessible to the inspector).
The General Contractor can schedule inspections for all trades.
To schedule an inspection, go online via the directions on the permit card or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the date, permit number and type of inspection(s) requested, or call (708) 354-1860.
The Community Development/Building Department is open Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30.