Inspections

Inspections

Our team is charged with protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public by ensuring safe buildings in the community, while providing an enjoyable environment for the visitors and citizens of Brighton.

Scheduling an inspection

Inspections called in by 4:00 p.m. can be scheduled for the following business day. No timed inspections are honored, but a two-hour window can be provided for time-sensitive inspections. Inspections should be called in to our automated inspection line - 303-655-2151 - where you will be instructed to provide adequate information to get your inspection scheduled accordingly.


Inspectors cannot enter an occupied home without a person 18 years or older present.
We also require authorization to enter yards, if applicable.

Canceling an inspection

To cancel an inspection, call 303-655-2017 prior to the scheduled date/time of inspection.

Inspection Requirements

The following is a list of the most common inspections required by the City of Brighton.  The permit holder must call for each inspection and receive written approval from the building inspector before proceeding with the next step of construction. Work required to be inspected must be accessible and exposed.

FOOTING/CAISSON * - (All types, including pilings, drilled piers and caissons) Request the inspection when all forms, reinforcing steel, hold down straps and bolts are in place, but prior to covering.

FOUNDATION WALLS (FORMS/STEEL) * - (Includes residential basement walls) Request the inspection when all forms, reinforcing steel, hold down straps and bolts are in place, but prior to covering with concrete. Walls over 4’ high should be pre-inspected when one side of the forms and all reinforcing steel are complete. A building permit and inspection(s) are required for retaining walls that are over 4’ in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall or retains over 3’ of earth or supports a surcharge or impounds a flammable liquid.

DAMPPROOFING (If below grade) * - Request the inspection prior to backfilling the foundation. Foundation walls that retain earth and enclose interior spaces and floors below grade shall be dampproofed/waterproofed.

 

PERIMETER DRAIN (If below grade) * - Request the inspection after drainage tiles, gravel or crushed stone drains, perforated pipe, or other approved systems are installed and prior to backfilling.

 

SEWER SERVICE - Request the inspection when the piping is installed and properly graded and supported, but not covered. The piping shall be supported and bedded-in for its entire length. Sewers with a slope of less than 1/8” per foot shall be designed and certified by an engineer.

WATER SERVICE - Request the inspection when piping is installed, but not covered.  The Building Division will inspect site backflow prevention devices when required.

PLUMBING UNDERGROUND (Drain, Waste, & Vent) - Request the inspection when the under floor building drain, horizontal branches and vents are installed and under pressure test, but not covered. The piping shall be supported and bedded-in for its entire length. (A minimum 10’ head is required when testing with water)

PLUMBING UNDERGROUND (Water supply) - Request the inspection when all under floor water piping is installed and under pressure test, but not covered.

ELECTRIC UNDERGROUND - Request the inspection when the conduit or cable is installed, but not covered.

BRACED WALL LINES/SHEAR * - Request the inspection when all exterior sheathing, wall bracing, strapping and hold-downs are complete, but prior to the weather resistive barrier being installed.

MECHANICAL ROUGH (Heating and Ventilation) - (Includes process piping.) Request the inspection when all rough-in mechanical work is installed, but not covered. (Underground – Request the inspection when ductwork or piping is installed and under test pressure, if applicable, but not covered.)

PLUMBING ROUGH - (Drain, waste, vent and water piping including, when applicable roof drains.) Request the inspection when all rough-in plumbing is installed and under test, but not covered.

GAS PIPING - Before any system of piping is put in service or concealed, it shall be tested to ensure that it is gas tight.  The test pressure to be used shall be no less than 1 1/2 times the proposed maximum working pressure.

ELECTRICAL ROUGH - Request the inspection when all rough-in electrical/conduit is installed, but not covered.

FRAMING - Request the inspection when the building is “dried in” and all framing members, gussets, shear panels, windows, anchors and all plumbing, mechanical and electrical rough-ins are in place, but prior to being covered.

INSULATION - Request the inspection when required insulation, including duct work, RC channel, etc. is complete per the approved assembly, but prior to installation of the wallboard.

LATH INSPECTION - Request the inspection when all substrate, wire lath, and trim are installed, but prior to covering with stucco.

DRYWALL - Request the inspection when the wallboard is installed and nailed/screwed, but prior to fastener or joint treatment.

ABOVE CEILING (Commercial Building) - Request the inspection when all framing, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing are complete, but prior to ceiling tile being installed.

DEMOLITION (Building, Mechanical, Electrical or Plumbing) - Request this inspection after demolition is complete. Plumbing that is capped off shall be inspected prior to covering. Building sewer and water lines shall be capped within 5 feet of the property line and inspected prior to covering.

FINAL INSPECTION - Request the inspection when the building is completed to the requirements of the approved plans, specifications and the City of Brighton Codes.

REROOF - (See roofing policy for complete details) - Request the inspection after all work has been completed. 

MID-ROOF (Commercial Buildings) – Request the inspection once the underlayment, flashings, battens (if applicable), and insulation board (if applicable) have been installed, but prior to the placement of any shingles, tiles, or other final roof coverings.

 

* Indicates a Special Inspection may be required.

 

 

More information


For more information, please call 303-655-2017 or email the One-Stop Customer Service Center.