Every building permit requires a Final Inspection, and most permits require multiple inspections at specific intervals prior to the Final Inspection. Information will be provided about required inspections upon permit issuance and is also available in our Required Inspections publication.
Inspections performed at specific intervals during construction help assure the project conforms to the scope of work, is built according to approved plans and complies with the Uniform Statewide Building Code.
Pursuant to the Uniform Statewide Building Code Section 113.7.1, the Fauquier County Building Official has developed a policy allowing outside agencies and individuals to conduct required building inspections in lieu of County Inspectors. Either by our Third Party Inspection Program or the Special Inspection Program. The owner must pick one program and follow that program.
Scheduling an Inspection
The permit-holder is responsible for calling the Permitting staff to schedule inspections. Typically, an inspection can be scheduled for the next business day, but during peak building permits scheduling will sometimes be 2 to 3 days out. Key points:
When scheduling an inspection, a request may be made for morning versus afternoon inspection; the staff is usually able to accommodate the preference.
If, after an inspection is scheduled, it is discovered that the project is not actually ready for the inspection, please call in advance to cancel the inspection. If the inspection is not canceled in advance you may be charged for the re-inspection when it is scheduled.
Provide all information necessary to access the property and identify any special circumstances. For example, if there is a locked gate to access the property, provide the access code. Or, if the gate must remain closed to contain livestock, please provide this information when scheduling the inspection.
Click the link below to check your time frame for inspection or you call the Permitting staff after 8 a.m. the morning of the scheduled inspection, staff will typically be able to provide a two-hour window for the inspection.
Our inspectors will not enter an occupied structure unless an adult is present. For new construction of buildings where access is open, the inspection may be done without someone present.
The approved plans must be at the site in a prominent location for the inspector to access.
Inspection results will be verbally conveyed at the time of inspection, and an email of results will be sent to the individual identified as the point of contact in the initial building permit application. Inspection results may also be viewed on-line. Because of issues with wireless signal strength in certain locations, on-line results are not always immediately available.
Please see our Inclement Weather Policy.
Third Party Inspection Program
Specific buildings and all commercial inspections except Final Inspections may be conducted by 3rd Party Inspectors registered with the County. The owner bears the costs of hiring 3rd Party Inspectors. More information is available from our Third Party Inspections publication.
Special Inspections Program
Special inspections are conducted during the construction of buildings which require particular expertise. The owner must retain a Registered Design Professional and bears the associated costs. See our Special Inspections information sheet.