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FAQ - Inspections

How do I schedule a building inspection?

To request an inspection call our Building Inspection Request Line

Before requesting an inspection, all property corners must be clearly marked. To speak directly with a building inspector, please call between 7 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

Who is responsible for requesting inspections and when should they be scheduled?

The permit holder or the permit holder’s agent is responsible for requesting inspections. You should verify final inspection approval prior to use of your structure.  Click here to learn when to schedule inspections.

When do I call?

Before 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.  Have the permit number handy; answer the questions as they are asked. We may not be able to track down the permit number by the owners name or street address. You may miss an inspection if you don’t provide a permit number. The inspection card and approved plans are required to be available to the inspector when the inspector arrives at the job site.

What if I have questions about an inspection notice?

The building inspectors can be reached directly by calling (360) 786-5489 between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

How long will it take for an inspector to come to my property?

Please allow 3 working days for inspection.

Do I have to be there?

If the structure is occupied, an adult must be present during the inspection.

What are the requirements for a final inspection?

To see a checklist for the final residential building inspection, click here.

Am I required to pay additional fees for re-inspection when correction notices are issued?

Re-inspection fees may be assessed:

  • After a re-inspection when a correction has not been made.
  • When the permit card and approved plans are not available to the inspector.
  • For failure to provide access on the date for which inspection is requested
  • For deviating from the plans that result in requiring approval of the change by the plans examiner.
  • No additional inspections will be performed until the required fees have been paid.

When can I occupy the structure?

After the final inspection has been completed and approved. Carpeting, painting, interior doors, and finish work not regulated by code need not be complete for final inspection.


Contact Us

Thurston County Building Development Center, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502-6045.
Phone: (360) 786-5490. TTY/TDD call 711 or 1-800-833-6388  E-mail: permit@co.thurston.wa.us.


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