FAQs: Inspection Requests


How do I schedule, check the status, or cancel an inspection?

How quickly can I schedule an inspection? How many days in advance can I schedule an inspection?

What are the required inspections for my project, and when do I need to call for their inspection?

What is my inspector's name and can I call him/her?

Can I schedule a specific time for my inspection? Can the inspector call me 15 minutes before he/she reaches my home? Can the inspector wait for me if I'm not home yet?

Why didn't my inspector come today?

How do I find out the results of my inspection?

Can I ask for a particular inspector?

My inspector is off today. Who is taking his/her workload?

Who should I talk to when my inspection has been rejected a number of times?


 

How do I schedule, check the status, or cancel an inspection?
Please schedule, check the status, or cancel an inspection through:

  • Online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Our automated telephone system at 703-222-2474, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Our staff by calling 703-222-0455, TTY 711.

If you are unable to cancel an inspection before the day for which it is scheduled, call the Commercial or Residential Division offices:

  • Residential Inspections: 703-631-5101, TTY 711, press option #4 .
  • Commercial Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Inspections: 703-324-1910, TTY 711.
  • Commercial Building or Critical Structures Inspections: 703-324-1060, TTY 711.

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How quickly can I schedule an inspection? How many days in advance can I schedule an inspection?
If you use our automated telephone system or website, you may schedule your inspections up to 11:59 p.m. for the next business day, otherwise, inspections scheduled by staff must be made by 4 p.m. for the next business day. We can schedule inspections for up to 30 days in advance; we cannot schedule same day inspections.
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What are the required inspections for my project, and when do I need to call for their inspection?
The required inspections depend on the project. Please refer to our publications referencing your specific project. You can also review New Home Inspections.
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What is my inspector's name and can I call him/her?
Yes, you can call your inspector. To obtain his/her name and telephone number, call Inspection Requests and Records at 703-222-0455, TTY 711 during business hours, or the Commercial or Residential Division offices:

  • Residential Inspections: 703-631-5101, TTY 711, press option #4 or online.
  • Commercial Building, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Inspections: 703-324-1910, TTY 711.

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Can I schedule a specific time for my inspection? Can the inspector call me 15 minutes before he/she reaches my home? Can the inspector wait for me if I'm not home yet?
Fairfax County is unable to offer this type of service. However, you may call your inspector between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. on the morning of your inspection to discuss his/her schedule. In addition, the Commercial or Residential Division offices may be able to provide you with assistance.

  • Residential Inspections: 703-631-5101, press option #4.
  • Commercial Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Inspections: 703-324-1910
  • Commercial Building or Critical Structures Inspections: 703-324-1060

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Why didn't my inspector come today?
Inspections will be performed for the day requested. However, some days there are more inspections requested than an inspector can perform. On these occasions, the remaining inspections will be conducted on the following business day. If you have more specific questions, or if you would like to reschedule the inspection, please call your inspector or the Commercial or Residential Division.

Commercial or Residential Division office telephone numbers:

  • Residential Inspections: 703-631-5101, TTY 711, press option #4.
  • Commercial Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Inspections: 703-324-1910, TTY 711.
  • Commercial Building or Critical Structures Inspections: 703-324-1060, TTY 711.

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How do I find out the results of my inspection?
Inspectors leave the inspection request slip detailing the results of your inspection at the work site. You may also check the following day through:

  • Online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Our staff by calling 703-222-0455, TTY 711.
  • The Commercial or Residential Division offices during business hours:
    Residential Inspections: 703-631-5101, TTY 711, press option #4
    Commercial Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Inspections: 703-324-1910, TTY 711.
    Commercial Building or Critical Structures Inspections: 703-324-1060, TTY 711
    Please have your permit number available to expedite the process.

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Can I ask for a particular inspector?
No. We try to maintain consistency and therefore inspectors are assigned territories, which are automatically maintained by our computer system.
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My inspector is off today. Who is taking his/her workload?
Check with the Commercial or Residential Division offices during business hours:

  • Residential Inspections: 703-631-5101, TTY 711, press option #4.
  • Commercial Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Inspections: 703-324-1910, TTY 711.
  • Commercial Building or Critical Structures Inspections: 703-324-1060, TTY 711.

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Who should I talk to when my inspection has been rejected a number of times?
Call your inspector or the Commercial or Residential Division supervisor to determine how to solve the problem.

The Commercial or Residential Division offices:

  • Residential Inspections: 703-631-5101, TTY 711, press option #4 .
  • Commercial Trade Inspections: 703-324-1910, TTY 711.
  • Commercial Building or Critical Structures Inspections: 703-324-1060, TTY 711.

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