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Request a Building Inspection

Inspection requests received by 3 p.m. on any business day will be scheduled for the next business day.
Inspection requests received after 3 p.m. will be scheduled in two business days.

If you do not receive an email auto reply then please call us at 760-602-2700 to request your inspection.

New Residential Video Inspection Program

Carlsbad residents with qualifying residential home improvement projects can now get the required city inspections done using video technology from a smart phone or tablet instead of a building inspector conducting the inspection in person. The goal is to increase the efficiency of the inspection process while protecting public health due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The following types of projects qualify for this new program:

  • Correction items approved by the Inspector
  • Drywall
  • Utility trenching for electrical, water, gas, or sewer
  • Exterior gas pressure tests
  • Insulation
  • Patio covers
  • Others deemed appropriate by the Inspector
  • 100 or 200-amp electric panel upgrades*
  • EV charging stations*
  • Plumbing re-pipe*
  • Remodel finals*
  • Rooftop solar of 10kW or smaller*
  • Wall heater*
  • Water heater*
  • Water softener*

*Required to be done by the contractor of record. Please see the Video Inspection Process Guide for further details.

To schedule a video inspection, complete the form below. Make sure to type in "video inspection request" for the "Type of Inspection" requested. In the "Special Notes" section, please list the video app you will use (FaceTime, Zoom or Microsoft Teams). The city prefers FaceTime.

Your inspector will contact you in the morning, between 7 and 8 a.m., on the day of your inspection to arrange the details. This service is available Monday through Thursday. There is no additional fee for the video inspection. Data rates may apply. 

Please call 760-602-2700 with questions. Inspection requests will not be taken over the phone.

IMPORTANT - Call 760-602-2700, between 7:30 - 8 a.m. the day of the inspection, for your two hour timeframe.

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