FAQs: Inspections General


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 page and reference your specific project. You can also review New Home Inspections.


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.


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?

Unfortunately 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 day of your inspection to discuss his/her schedule. In addition, staff of the commercial or residential inspection offices may be able to provide you with assistance.


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 the following numbers during business hours:

  • Residential inspections: 703-631-5101, TTY 711 or online.
  • Commercial building, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing inspections: 703-324-1910, TTY 711.


How do I find out the results of my inspection?

The results of your inspection will be posted online and emailed to the parties that provided email addresses during the permitting process. You may also check inspection results:

Online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Or by calling the commercial or residential offices during business hours:

  • Residential inspections: 703-631-5101, TTY 711.
  • 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.


More Questions?

Please call the numbers listed above.


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