PERMIT INSPECTIONS

Permit Inspections

Construction Inspector Contact Information

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Valid Trade License

Please note that a valid trade license, including maintenance of insurance, shall be maintained for the entire duration of a permit.  Failure to comply will result in the suspension of PLI Inspection services and may result in permit revocation and/or suspension and/or revocation of license. 

Required Inspections

All PLI permits require inspections – including occupancy and occupant load placard permits.  These Inspections are required:

  • Pre-Inspection: building, mechanical, electric, fire alarm, suppression system, demolition, and land operations permits
  • Framing: building
  • Rough: mechanical, electric, fire alarm, suppression system, plumbing (performed by Allegheny County Health Department)
  • Void: demolition
  • Final: all permits

These additional inspections may be required, depending on the scope of work and permit type:

  • Footing and foundation: building
  • Concrete slab and under-floor: building
  • Underground: mechanical, electric, suppression system, energy/insulation, plumbing (performed by Allegheny County Health Department)
  • Lowest floor elevation: building (in flood hazard areas)
  • Rough: accessibility (blocking) and energy (insulation)
  • Wallcovering interior and/or exterior: building
  • Fire and smoke-resistant penetrations: building
  • Final: accessibility
  • Final Energy: building, mechanical and electrical

Note – the OneStopPGH customer portal will identify all required inspections and will provide a comprehensive history/summary of all inspections performed for each permit.  Permits issued prior to the launch of the OneStopPGH will only document inspections performed within the OneStopPGH system.

COMING SOON: inspection checklists for each permit type, structure type, work type, and work scope.

Inspection Sequencing

Approval from the Inspector is required to:

  • Cover or conceal work performed.
    • Building Wall covering inspections will require passed rough inspections for all associated sub-permits (mechanical, electrical, fire alarm, and suppression system) and additional inspections (accessibility and energy)
  • Perform work beyond the point indicated in each successive inspection.

Requesting Inspections

It is the permit holder’s responsibility to:

  • To schedule appropriate inspections with the assigned Inspector through the OneStopPGH portal or by contacting the assigned Inspector(s) directly. Please see this list of currently assigned Inspectors.
  • Provide access to and means for performing inspections as required by the building code.

Business Practices:

  • PLI does not offer same-day inspections.
  • Performed inspections will be limited solely to the inspections on the permit(s) you request.
  • Additional inspections requested in the field will not be performed – they will be scheduled for a later date.
  • Off-hour Inspections:
    • PLI provides after-hours and weekend inspections to accommodate customers.
    • This requires a minimum of 2 business days – see the “off-hour inspections policy“ for additional information.
    • These services can be requested through the OneStopPGH portal or counter. Please see the following guide which explains account permissions within OneStopPGH including who can and cannot request inspections. 

Final Inspections

  • Submission of all close-out documents (special inspection reports, statement of compliance, test certificates, and record of completion) is required. Failure to provide these documents will result in a failed inspection.
  • Building permit final will require final inspections of all associated sub-permits (mechanical, electrical, fire alarm, and suppression system) and additional inspections (accessibility and energy).

NOTE: FAILURE TO CALL FOR A FINAL INSPECTION MAY RESULT IN REVOCATION OF THE PERMIT.

Permit Completion

Please see permit completion for requirements for a permit to be completed.