Inspections Required: Electrical

The required inspections table shown below lists those inspections that must be performed to verify that your work complies with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. Please note that Virginia’s building code prohibits the use of any electrical equipment or appliances prior to approval of all required inspections. We hope this list is beneficial to you throughout the course of your project. Please call our Building Inspections Department, at 804-501-4360, if you have any questions about what is required for each inspection or if you need help scheduling an inspection. Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Fire Protection work require additional permits and inspections. Separate notices are available to explain the inspections required for each type of permit.

[Inspection Code] Type Additions Finishing Attics & Basements Upgrading Electrical Service Installing New Circuits Relocating an Existing Circuit Emergency Generators
[400]Temporary Service
[405] Rough-In X X X X
[410] Groundwork
[415] Above Ceiling
[420] Wall
[425] Service Change X
[430] Pool Potting
[490] Final X X X X X
Building Permit & Inspections X X
Plumbing Permit & Inspections
Mechanical Permit & Inspections X X

Explanation of Inspections

The following is a brief description for each type of inspection listed in the Required Inspections Table. These descriptions provide examples of the basic construction features that are inspected. The descriptions are not inclusive of all code criteria that are evaluated during and inspection.

[400] Temporary Service: (New building) All bonding on supply side of service and grounding electrode system to be complete.

[405] Rough-in: Inspects all wiring, junction boxes, wire connections and other work that will be concealed by insulation or finish materials. This inspection must be made before concealing any wiring.

[410] Ground Work: Inspects all cables, conductors, or raceways installed in the ditches or slabs prior to covering or concealment.

[415] Above Ceiling: (Commercial only) Inspects all electrical work installed above ceilings including ballasts, cables, raceways and wiring connections prior to installation of ceiling tiles. Lay-in type fixtures must be wired and properly secured at this stage.

[420] Wall: Inspects all electrical work that is to be covered by insulation and wall finishes (e.g. drywall, etc.) prior to concealment.

[425] Service Change: Inspects the completed service upgrade including all grounding, bonding and proper overcurrent protection. The new service equipment may be fed by means of a jumper from the old to the new meter enclosure (if power is necessary at the building) until such time as the utility company’s permanent connection is made.

[430] Pool Potting: Approved potting compound required on equipment grounding lug in weth-nitch light fixture. Inspection must be made before water is in pool.

[490] Final Electrical: All work covered by this electrical permit must be complete at this time. Final inspection approval is required prior to use or occupancy of the space or equipment.

[495] Other Electrical Inspections: This category is used for miscellaneous inspections (e.g. bonding and grounding of swimming pools, etc.).

Questions about inspections can be answered by calling the following telephone numbers:

Residential Building Inspections: (804) 501-4978

Electrical Inspections: (804) 501-4694

Plumbing & Mechanical Inspections: (804) 501-4371

Contact Us

Building Inspections

Physical Address
Department of Building Construction and Inspections
4301 East Parham Road
Henrico, VA 23228

(804) 501-4360
Automated Permit System
(804) 501-7770

Mailing Address
Department of Building Construction and Inspections
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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