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Inspection Procedure

Inspections must be scheduled by calling the inspection request line at (909) 625-9448. Inspections called for before 5:00 p.m. will be made the following working day. Fridays, weekends and holidays are not considered working days.

1. When calling for inspection:

  1. The job must be ready and complete for that inspection.
  2. The approved set of plans must be on the job site and the inspection card posted at all times.
  3. If you have animals, they must be placed in the garage or in the house for all backyard inspections.
  4. It is helpful if the contractor and/or the owner is present on site at the time of inspection.  If you will not be home, please note this on your inspection request.  Inspectors may not conduct the inspection if a responsible adult is not present.
  5. Specific requests for morning or afternoon inspections will be accommodated only if the inspector's schedule allows it.

2. Concrete Work:

  1. Follow the approved plans and the building codes.  If there is any deviation from the plans, the design engineer/architect must submit the change to the Building Division for approval prior to calling for inspection.
  2. Concrete form must be clean, properly braced and must have the correct setbacks from property lines.
  3. Rebar must be of specified grades and have an approved manufacturer certificate attached.  If any foreign-made steel is to be used, it must be tested by an approved testing lab for strength and chemical composition to indicate that the head of steel meets Uniform Building Code Standard 26-4, and such test report must be submitted to the Building Division prior to calling for inspection.
  4. All anchor bolts, hold-downs, straps, etc., must be in place and properly secured to the forms prior to foundation inspection.
  5. Any foundation stem wall that exceeds 24" in height measured from the top of the footing must be treated as a wall and requires rebar per code.
  6. Concrete mix, placement and quality of workmanship must follow plans and code requirement.
  7. Waterproofing and backfilling of retaining walls must be properly done and drainage must be provided in an approved manner in accordance with codes and plans.
  8. Minimum thickness for any footing stem wall shall be 6" or greater, depending on loads and number of stories.

3. Deputy Inspection:

Must be provided when required by Code or the approved plans.  Deputy Inspectors must be certified and approved in advance by the City of Montclair Building and Safety Division.  Steel fabrication and welding must be done in a certified shop, and a certificate from the welder must be submitted to the Building Division prior to inspection.  If done on site, the welder must be certified and a Deputy Inspector must be present during welding and he/she must submit a report to the Building Division prior to City inspection.

4. Framing:

Follow the approved plans.  All framing members and their hardware must be complete and in place prior to inspection.  Special attention must be paid to shear transfer connections and details.  Floor and roof sheathing nailing must be inspected before covering.  Window and door frames must be in place with flashing and all rough electrical, plumbing, and mechanical inspected and approved prior to calling for framing inspections.

If the inspector finds excessive deficiencies, the job is not ready for inspection.  He/she will notify the contractor to call back again when ready.

If the above is repeated, a re-inspection fee shall be paid prior to calling for inspection.

When the job is ready for inspection and the plans and code have been followed closely, the inspection will be made and correction list (if any) will be written up by the inspector.  A follow-up inspection will be made to go over that list, assuring compliance.


  1. Any change or deviation from plans must be approved by the designer and the Building and Planning Divisions prior to inspection.
  2. The designer and the contractors are responsible for complying with all City and State codes and regulations.
  3. All conditions imposed through a Conditional Use Permit, Variance, Site Plan Review or Planned Development approval for setbacks, heights, materials, colors, landscaping, sidewalk repair or replacement, parking clearances or other standards must be complied with in full. A  copy of the Planning Commission conditions setting forth conditions must be included in the approved plans on the job site. C areful planning must be exercised throughout the progressive stages of construction to ensure that the approved plans are precisely followed.

Construction Site Maintenance:

  1. No work shall commence prior to 7:00 a.m. or occur past 8:00 p.m.
  2. The project developer and/or general contractor shall be responsible for counseling and supervising all subcontractors and workers to ensure that neighbors are not subjected to excessive noise.
  3. Portable toilets must be located on the construction site and not within the public right-of-way.
  4. It is the responsibility of the owner, the Engineer/Architect, and the contractor to protect and provide lateral support to the adjacent properties and structures.

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