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The Inspections Department is a division within the Community Services Department. Duties that fall under the Inspections Department include the following:

Building Inspections

The Building Code Inspection program inspects all new or remodeled buildings to ensure they meet state building code. This includes plan review, permit issuance, inspection of construction phases and issuance of certificate of occupancy.

Fire Inspections

The Fire Code Inspection program inspects existing buildings periodically to ensure they are maintained in accordance with the safety standards of the state fire code. A percentage of commercial and large multiple residential buildings are inspected yearly.

Mechanical & Plumbing Inspections

The Heating and Plumbing Code Inspection program inspects new and remodeled buildings for heating and plumbing compliance.

Property Maintenance Inspections

The Housing Inspection program inspects all existing buildings periodically to ensure they are maintained within the city housing code. Rental properties are inspected a minimum of once every three years and homes being sold are inspected as part of the truth-in-housing program.

The City suspended routine rental license inspections on March 17, 2020 due to COVID-19. Non-safety related inspections of residences continue to be suspended for resident and staff safety. 

Safety concerns and resident complaints will be reviewed by staff and, if required, staff will enter the premises for inspection using COVID-19 safety protocols. 

Rental inspections of vacant units are being conducted at this timeIf your rental unit is vacant, please contact staff to schedule an inspection.  

When we return to conducting routine rental inspections, they will be done in the order they are due. You will be contacted in advance if your rental property is due for inspection. Staff is currently reviewing the possibility of virtual inspections.

Environmental Health Inspections

Environmental Health inspections are contracted out to a health inspector to make regular inspections of restaurants, food establishments and public pools.