Inspections

Procedures For Construction & Inspections



I. 24 Hours Notice is Required to Schedule an Inspection.


Inspections will be scheduled on a first come - first served basis for a morning or afternoon inspection. Morning inspections will begin at 9:00 a.m. Afternoon inspections will begin at 1:00 p.m. Plumbing and Electrical inspections will usually be performed late afternoon/early evening. All inspections are performed Monday-Friday. Call (630) 257-1580 to schedule an inspection.


II. Inspections are required as follows:
  1. Erosion Control: All required erosion control must be in place prior to issuance of permit.
  2. Footing: Footing is to be formed and inspected prior to pouring concrete. Approved plans must be on site. NOTE: We will not inspect for setbacks or elevations other than frost protection. Setback requirements are the responsibility of the Contractor. Foundation (Spot) Survey will verify compliance with setbacks and elevations.
  3. Foundation: Forms are in place. All required wall reinforcement is in place prior to placing concrete. REQUIRED ONLY IF WALL REINFORCING RODS ARE TO BE INSTALLED!
  4. Foundation (Spot) Survey: Submitted to Building Department showing foundation elevations and setbacks from property lines. Foundation (Spot) Survey must be certified by the engineer of record, in writing, that all setbacks and elevations comply with Village codes. Foundation (Spot) Survey must be submitted and approved prior to start of framing.
  5. Backfill: Forms are removed. All damp-proofing installed, footing drain tile installed and stoned as required. Wall bracing in place as designed by architect of record and all debris removed from foundation perimeter. Any required exterior wall insulation in place.
  6. Underground Plumbing: Inspected by Plumbing Inspector. Water service and sanitary installed.
  7. Slab Preparation: All concrete slabs must be prepped and inspected before pouring. This includes basements, sidewalks, and garages.
  8. Water Taps: All Residential and Commercial Water Taps must be inspected by the Plumbing Inspector.
  9. Sewer Taps: Residential Sewer Taps inspected by Plumbing Inspector. Commercial Sewer Taps inspected by an MWRD Inspector (708-588-4055) and the Engineering Department (630-257-2532).
  10. Electric Service: Ready for utility connection. Upon approval of inspection, Electrical Inspector will notify Commonwealth Edison that service has been approved.
  11. Shear Wall: All fasteners and ties are installed and inspected before applying building paper.
  12. Wall Flashing: Foundation wall flashing /building paper is installed and all concrete foundation wall flashing is in place before installing masonry veneer.
  13. Ice & Water Shield: Before installation of roof shingles an ice barrier consisting of a self-adhering polymer modified bitumen sheet from the lowest edges of all roof surfaces to a point at least 24 inches inside the exterior wall line of the building.
  14. Rough Plumbing: Inspected by Plumbing Inspector.
  15. Rough Electric: Inspected by Electrical Inspector. All rough electric must be in place - all boxes must be made up and grounded as needed (wires must be pulled - no devices attached).
  16. Fireplace: First flue tile is to be set. Hearth forms, steel reinforcing, combustion air opening, and ash dump to be in place. Gas line is to be protected from concrete.
  17. Basement Slab: Slab must be prepped and inspected before pouring.
  18. Rough Framing: Prior to insulation. All framing, including fire stopping and draft stopping, must be in place. All stairways other than custom-built finished stairs must be installed. Rough electric and rough plumbing inspections must pass prior to scheduling the rough framing inspection. Plan for landscape improvements must be submitted at this time if not previously submitted before Rough Inspections will be approved and construction is allowed to continue.
  19. Rough HVAC: All concealed parts of the HVAC system must be in place, including fire stopping.
  20. Rough Ceiling Inspection: All plumbing, electrical, fire alarm and fire sprinkler work must be inspected prior to ceiling tile installation.
  21. Insulation: Prior to installation of drywall. All previously listed inspections must have been approved. All insulation and air infiltration is to be in place. All soffit ventilation openings and baffles installed.
  22. Installation of Water Meter: Water meter shall be installed prior to Final Plumbing Inspection. To schedule installation of the water meter contact Public Works Dept. at (630) 257-2532.
  23. Sidewalks & Drives: Pre-pour inspection required. Layout approved per site plan. All framing, wire mesh and compacted gravel must be in place.
  24. Rough Grading: 6" fall in 10' slope required away from foundation. Final grading survey required prior to seed or sod. Prior to seed or sod, all storm water discharge (sump pump and downspout) both above and below grade and their points of termination must be installed.
  25. Landscape Improvement Plan: Plan must be submitted identifying all storm water runoff both above and below grade and their points of termination. Additionally, provide locations of all proposed plantings, retaining walls, sidewalks, decks, etc.
  26. Final Grading/Seeding: All seeding/sodding and parkway trees installed. When seeding, erosion control must be maintained until seed is established. Installation of landscape improvement plan completed.
  27. Final Plumbing Inspection: Inspected by Plumbing Inspector. NOTE: A Final Plumbing Inspection must be made prior to a Final Building Inspection.
  28. Final Electric Inspection: Inspected by Electrical Inspector. NOTE: A Final Electric Inspection must be made prior to a Final Building Inspection.
  29. Final Building Inspection: Inspected by Building Inspector includes inspection of final HVAC and structure (interior and exterior). NOTE: Final Plumbing & Electric Inspections must be completed and approved prior to Final Building Inspection.
  30. Final Fire Inspection: For commercial permits, an inspection will need to be performed by the Fire Department. Please call the Building Department at (630) 257-1580 to schedule an inspection. NOTE: A Final Fire Inspection is made at the same time as Final Building and Final Health.
  31. Final Health Inspection: For commercial permits, an inspection will need to be performed by the Cook County Department of Public Health. Please call the Building Department at (630) 257-1580 to schedule an inspection. NOTE: A Final Health Inspection is made at the same time as Final Building and Final Fire.
  32. B-Box Inspection: Inspected by Public Works Water Department only after sod/seeding is in place.
  33. Certificate of Occupancy: A final Certificate of Occupancy will be issued upon completion of all inspections. WARNING! NO STRUCTURE SHALL BE OCCUPIED UNTIL A CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY HAS BEEN ISSUED. ILLEGAL OCCUPANCY WILL RESULT IN LEGAL ACTION. DO NOT MOVE PERSONAL ITEMS OR FURNITURE INTO STRUCTURE UNTIL ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY.
  34. Final Water Meter Reading: The final reading of the water meter is for water usage during construction. Payment of outstanding water bills and NEW OWNER'S NAME is needed prior to occupancy. Call the Water Department with this information at (630) 257-6277.

NOTE: Special Inspections for Two Family Dwellings and Townhomes – All required rated separation walls must be inspected before concealment at underside of roof sheathing and within soffits of adjoining units with continuous roof lines.


The following inspections are required by the Lemont Fire Protection District for commercial projects:

  1. Flushing Inspection: A flushing inspection of the underground water main for the fire sprinkler is required.
  2. Pressure Testing/Hydrostatic Test: A pressure test is required for the fire sprinkler system.
  3. Fire Pump Testing: For new installations, acceptance required prior to occupancy.
  4. Fire Alarm Test: Witness testing of system to insure proper operation and installation prior to occupancy.
  5. Fixed Extinguishing System Acceptance Test: Witness testing of system to insure proper operation and installation. The same applies for specialized or alternative fire protection systems.
  6. Hood & Duct Inspection: Witness testing of system to insure proper operation and installation. It applies for specialized or alternative fire protection systems.
  7. Rough Ceiling Inspection: To check proper fire stopping, pipe bracing for sprinkler system and specialized fire protection systems.
  8. Above Ground Tanks: Dealing with flammable and combustible liquids and/or gases. Inspection for the proper installation before tank is put into service. Inspection also required by the State Fire Marshall.
  9. Underground Storage Tanks: The State Fire Marshall and Lemont Fire Protection District should be on-site for installation of tanks. Lemont Fire Protection District should be on-site to witness pressure test of tank before and after installation and product pipelines.
  10. Removal of A/G & U/G Storage Tanks: The Illinois State Fire Marshall and Lemont Fire Protection District should be on-site to witness removal of tanks for both above ground and underground tanks.