Building Inspections

General Inspection Information

  • A permit is required to perform work on private property. After a permit has been obtained, work may begin.
  • Permit holders must have the work inspected prior to covering it up. For example, foundations must be inspected after the dirt is removed but before the concrete is poured.
  • Please refer to the exceptions for work that may be done without a permit.

Most residential work may be inspected through Remote Video Inspection.

If you have questions on how to schedule an inspection, please refer to our Schedule an Inspection Instructions.

  • This allows a permit holder to use their smart phone to chat with an inspector live and show the work performed through the video camera.
  • Most commercial work must be inspected in person with the inspector on the job site. However, if the inspector has requested corrections, the follow-up inspection may be performed through Remote Video Inspection.
  • In some cases a photograph may be sent to the inspector for follow-up verification. Photographs may only be sent after an inspector has visited the site in person first and must be sent the same day the inspection occurred. These policies only apply to City of Tucson inspections. If you have other agencies performing inspections on your project, you must communicate with them directly for their inspection policies.

On-site inspections must be requested before 3:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday) in order to receive an inspection on the next business day.

Special Inspections

Special Inspection Certificate - Building and Grading(PDF, 33KB)

Special Inspection Certificate - Medical Gas(PDF, 103KB)

Special Inspector List maintained by Pima County

Outdoor Lighting Certificate(PDF, 57KB)

Other Inspections

Code Enforcement Inspections

Pima County Health Department

Pima County Wastewater