Stages of Construction and Inspection
Mandatory Field Inspections List
Building Services Division of the Growth & Development Department is responsible for conducting building inspections for additions, alterations, the erection of new buildings, the demolition of buildings, including the installation and/or renovation of plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) works for which permits have been issued in the City of Greater Sudbury.
Co-operation of the owner or contractor is required to ensure that mandatory Ontario Building Code inspections are conducted during the stages of construction listed below. Failure to notify may require that any or all of the items to be inspected are to be exposed to the satisfaction of the inspector at a later date, and prosecution under the Ontario Building Code Act for failure to call for required inspections.
- FOOTING INSPECTIONS: Required when footing forms are in place and before any concrete is poured. For footings placed on engineered fill, a geotechnical (soils) engineer's report must be presented to the Inspector verifying bearing capacity of soil at the time of inspection.
- WEEPING TILE INSPECTION: Required prior to the placing of backfill material and immediately after the installation of weeping tiles. Crushed stone to be in place over weeping tiles except for corners and building entry location. Appropriate backfill material to be placed as described in the Ontario Building Code.
- FRAMING INSPECTION: Required after framing completed and before insulation is applied for multi-level industrial commercial institutional projects, a structural framing inspection is required for each floor.
- INSULATION INSPECTION: Required after insulation and vapour barrier are in place and before any wall board or wall covering is installed.
- AIR BARRIER INSPECTION: Required prior to the installation of any exterior cladding.
- OCCUPANCY INSPECTION: Required before occupancy; a final inspection may also be required if construction is incomplete at time of occupancy.
Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
The installation or alteration of any HVAC works must be inspected by the City of Greater Sudbury:
- ROUGH-IN INSPECTION: Required after rough-in duct work or piping for HVAC system in place and prior to installation of wall covering which would conceal such works.
- FINAL HVAC INSPECTION: Required after system is completed, balanced and all equipment installed and ready for use.
A plumbing permit is required prior to the installation or alteration of any plumbing works in the City of Greater Sudbury:
- GROUND WORK INSPECTION: Required immediately after all underground piping is installed and before placing any material on or over the pipes. At this stage, an air or water test is required before being approved by the inspector.
- ROUGH-IN INSPECTION: Required after rough-in plumbing completed and prior to installation of wall covering which would conceal the piping. At this stage, an air or water test is conducted.
- FINAL PLUMBING INSPECTION: Required after the system is completed, all fixtures installed and ready to use.
Fire Separations And Closures
- FIRE LIFE SAFETY INSPECTIONS: Required upon substantial completion of all required fire separations and closures and all fire protection systems including stand pipe, sprinkler, fire alarm and emergency lighting systems.
Inspection requests should be called into the office at least one day in advance, and before 12 noon. Phone 705-674-4455, extension 4278 or can be booked on-line at inspections.greatersudbury.ca.