Washington County Goes Virtual with Building Inspections

Washington County is implementing virtual building inspections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

washington countyWashington County today launched its virtual inspection program. An alternative to in-person inspections, the new service will enable prompt service, productive follow-ups, and scheduling for most types of building inspections — all while adhering to social distancing guidelines in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Virtual inspections are conducted between a Virtual Inspection (VI) Representative and Division of Construction Inspector by using a video call on a smartphone, tablet, or other webcam-enabled devices. All inspections, including Virtual Inspections, are performed Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM, excluding holidays and preapproved After Hour and Saturday Commercial Inspections.

According to a press release:

Minimum Requirements

  • All building-related inspections (building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing) may be considered for virtual inspections, including occupied residential structures, however, based on the size and/or complexity of the project it may not be possible to conduct virtually.
    • Note: ALL REQUESTS FOR VIRTUAL INSPECTIONS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE INSPECTION STAFF PRIOR TO SCHEDULING THE INSPECTION.
    • Inspection complexity will be determined by the inspector.
    • For inspections deemed too complex for virtual completion, County staff will discuss other options that will permit the project to have inspections in a safe manner.
    • Customers must have a host device such as a smartphone, tablet, or webcam enabled device connected to Wi-Fi or 4G wireless service.
    • FaceTime (Apple OS devices) or Zoom (all devices) is required to host the video call. Check your mobile device’s app store to download.
    • If the project has a building permit for work being conducted, all approved plans must be onsite and available for review to the inspection staff during the video call.

Visit the Washington County website for more information.

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