City of Alexandria, VA
Page updated Apr 3 2012 9:28 a.m.
New Construction Inspection Unit
The New Construction Inspection Unit inspects all new, altered or renovated residential and commercial construction for minimum compliance of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC). Inspection disciplines include: Building, Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical. Multiple project specific inspection programs are available to assist customers: Traditional, Third-party and Special-inspections.
Minimum Required Inspections (per USBC):
The Department of Code Administration offers an automated system known as "ACCESS". "ACCESS" allows permit holders to use a touch tone phone to schedule or cancel inspections, request inspection results, speak to a Permit Technician or other city agencies or listen to recorded customer service messages. "ACCESS" is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. To use the system, call 703.746.4200 or 703.838.4900 (direct). Note - to use ACCESS, you will need a touch-tone phone. If ACCESS is unavailable, please call 703.746.4200 for assistance during business hours.
Advisory: To schedule a Fire Protection System (FPS) Testing/Re-testing inspection, please go HERE
Note: ACCESS now has the following features!
To obtain your complete, most recent inspection results by one of the above methods, follow the prompts provided on the ACCESS system when you schedule the inspection.
When calling ACCESS, make sure that you have the permit number relating to the permit that you want inspected. You will be instructed to select one of the four options:
Press  Schedule inspections
Press  Cancel or reschedule and inspection
Press  Obtain inspection results
Press  Speak to Code Administration Permit Technician or other city agencies representatives
Press [#] Listen to customer service recordings on:
Third-party inspections are those minimum inspections required by the USBC, Refer to Minimum Required Inspections (per USBC), but as an alternative to city inspectors conducted by an approved third-party inspector(s) acting as the building official’s agent. Qualified third-party agent(s) must submit sufficient documentation, prior to permit issuance, demonstrating each inspector’s competence and qualifications in each intended construction discipline. The building official reviews and approves agents on a discretionary basis.
Special Inspections are inspections required by the 2006 IBC, sec. 1704 “Special Inspections”. These inspections require special competence, qualifications and expertise in a specific construction discipline (examples: steel welded connections, post-tensioned concrete, approved proprietary systems). Prior to permit issuance, Qualified special inspector(s) must submit sufficient documentation (Statement of Special Inspections and Inspector(s) qualification resume(s), demonstrating each inspector’s competence and qualifications in each intended construction or operation discipline. The building official reviews and approves agents on a discretionary basis.