Dec. 20, 2019 - Daily Update
Good Morning. Building Safety & Permits has 66 inspections scheduled for today Dec. 19, 2019. James City County offices will be closed Dec. 24-25.
The Building Safety & Permits Division is not responsible for job site safety for construction workers. The Building Safety & Permits Division is responsible for job site safety of the County building inspectors who visit job sites to conduct inspections. The inspectors have been instructed to reject inspections on job sites that do not have certain minimum safety provisions. These include the following:
- Fall Protection: Open sided stairs, balconies and other similar arrangements must have guard rails.
- Ladders: Section 113.1.one of the Uniform Statewide Building Code says: "Equipment Required. Any ladder, scaffolding or test equipment necessary to conduct or witness a requested inspection shall be provided by the permit holder." Ladders provided for the inspectors must be in good condition and must be tall enough. For instance, a 5-foot step ladder will not suffice for accessing a scuttle hole in an 8-foot ceiling.
- Debris: When inspections are requested for a structure, that building and the area around it should be reasonably free of hazardous debris. The inspection will be terminated and rejected if rooms are full of construction debris. Also, nails protruding through discarded lumber without being bent down will be reason to terminate inspections.
- Floor Joists Inspections: Inspectors are not allowed to walk open joists. It is the responsibility of the contractor to provide secure walkboards or scaffolding to allow a complete inspection of joists which cannot be properly inspected from grade.
- Electrical: Bare ended hot wires, or bare ended wires that might be hot, will be reason for immediate termination of an inspection. Code Compliance may request Dominion Energy to remove the electric meter from any house where a contractor is found using homemade extension cords with stripped conductors stuck directly into an electrical outlet.
- Gas: Gas fueled mechanical equipment which has been activated in an unsafe manner will result in the termination of any inspection being conducted in that structure and a request to VNG to remove the gas meter.
Contractors, please upload all required reports such as blower door, chimney certifications, well test reports, duct blaster tests, foundation surveys and flood elevation certificates to your PermitLink file. Please do not send them via email any longer. You must include the permit number and name the file appropriately i.e. duct blaster, chimney cert, blower door, etc. After uploading, request the appropriate inspection/review to alert us that the document has been uploaded.
Contractors, please note that a separate plumbing permit and inspection is required for all lawn irrigation systems. Plumbing new work permits do not cover this scope of work. Please apply for a “Plumbing – addition” permit for lawn irrigation systems.
Please note that E-Check payments of fees are now accepted.