Inspection Procedure

  1. When calling for inspection:
    • The job must be ready and complete for that inspection
    • The approved set of plans must be on the job site and the inspection card posted at all times.
    • It would help if the contractor and/or the owner is present, on site, at the time of inspection.
    • Specific requests for morning or afternoon inspections will be accommodated only if the inspector’s schedule allows it.
    • Homeowner’s requests for minor inspections may be accommodated on some evenings and Saturdays, only if time allows. Other contractor’s requests may be accommodated only in emergencies as determined by the Chief Building Officer.
  2. Concrete Work:
    • Follow the approved plans the building codes. If there is any deviation from the plans, the design engineer/architect must submit the change to the Building and Planning Departments for approval prior to calling for inspection.
    • Concrete form must be clean, properly braced and must have the correct set backs from property lines.
    • Re-bars must be of specified grades and have an approved manufacturer certificate attached. If any foreign made steel is to be used, it must be tested by an approved testing lab for strength and chemical composition to indicate that the head of steel meets Uniform Building Code Standard 26-4, and such test report must be submitted to the Building Department prior to calling for inspection.
    • All anchor bolts, hold downs, straps, etc., must be in place and properly secured to the forms prior to foundation inspection.
    • Any foundation stem wall that exceeds 24” in height measured from the top of the footing must be treated as a wall and requires rebars as per code.
    • Concrete mix, placement and quality of workmanship must follow plans and code requirements.
    • Water proofing and back filling of retaining walls must be properly done and drainage must be provided in an approved manner in accordance with codes and plans.
    • Minimum thickness for any footing stem wall shall be 6” or greater, depending on loads and number of stories.
  3. Deputy Inspection:
    Must be provided when required by Code or the approved plans. Deputy Inspectors must be Los Angeles City or County certified and approved in advance by the City of Redondo Beach Building and Safety Division. Steel fabrication and welding must be done in a Los Angeles City certified shop, and a certificate from the welder must be submitted to the Building Division prior to inspection. If done on site, the welder must be Los Angeles City certified, and a Deputy Inspector must be present during welding and he/she must submit a report to the Building Department prior to City’s inspection.
  4. Framing:

    Follow the approved plans. All framing members and their hardware must be complete and in place prior to inspection. Special attention must be paid to shear transfer connections and details. Floor and roof sheathing nailing must be inspected before covering. Window and door frames must be in place with flashing and all rough electrical, plumbing, and mechanical inspected and approved prior to calling for framing inspections.

    If the inspector finds excessive deficiencies the job is not ready for inspection. He/she will notify the contractor to call back again when ready.

    If the above is repeated, a re-inspection fee must be paid prior to calling for inspection.

    When the job is ready for inspection and the plans and code have been followed closely, the inspection will be made and correction list (if any) will be written up by the inspector. A follow-up inspection will be made to go over that list, assuring compliance.


  1. Any change or deviation from plans must be approved by the designer and the Building and Planning Divisions, prior to inspection.
  2. The designer and the contractors are responsible for complying with all City and State Codes and Regulations.
  3. All conditions imposed through a Conditional Use Permit, Variance, Site Plan Review or Planned Development approval for setbacks, heights, materials, colors, landscaping, sidewalk repair or replacement, parking clearances or other standards must be complied with in full. A copy of the Resolution setting forth these conditions must be attached to the approved plans on the job site. Careful planning must be exercised throughout the progressive stages of construction to insure that the approved plans are precisely followed.

Construction Site Maintenance:

  1. The site shall be fully fenced prior to the start of construction or demolition.
  2. All on-site litter and debris shall be collected daily.
  3. Permits shall be obtained for any and all sandblasting, and it shall be done pursuant to all conditions of said permits.
  4. No work shall commence prior to 7 a.m.
  5. Material storage on public streets shall not exceed 48 hours per load. A street use permit is required in advance from Public Services Department.
  6. The project developer and/or general contractor shall be responsible for counseling and supervising all subcontractors and workers to insure that neighbors are not subjected to excessive noise, disorderly behavior, or abusive language.
  7. Barriers shall be erected to protect the public where streets and/or sidewalks are damaged or removed.
  8. Streets and sidewalks adjacent to job sites shall be clean and free of debris.
  9. Portable toilets must be located on the construction site and not on public right-of-way.
  10. Construction workers’ vehicles must not block driveways, sidewalks, alleys, etc.
  11. It is the responsibility of the owner, the Engineer/Architect, and the contractor to protect and provide lateral support to the adjacent properties and structures.