Building Inspections

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The Office of Inspections is responsible for conducting inspections of building projects to ensure their compliance with the adopted county building codes. Our certified inspectors perform all building, mechanical, plumbing and site inspections.

Scheduling an Inspection

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Individuals who have become familiar with our online inspection schedule website have realized the benefits of this system, and the added features to keep you, the permit holder, apprised of permit requirements and inspection history.  

One noticeable feature is the email notification that occurs the day of your scheduled inspection at 7:00 am.  For the past year this notification along with a phone call from your Inspector have been a standard occurrence. However, starting April 26, 2021, the email notification will serve as our primary notification.  You’ll no longer receive a phone call unless the Inspector has questions regarding your specific inspection request.

Please know that this email notification will continue to contain helpful information, including the estimated time of your inspection, identify of your assigned Inspector, and also provide links to view permit/parcel information and to pay fees. 

Should you have any questions, please give us a call at (302) 395-5572.

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For your convenience and future reference, please download and print our new brochure containing valuable information and instructions regarding the use of our Inspection Scheduling web site.

New FeatureCheck out our latest new feature added to the inspections web scheduling page! 
In addition to the great features already available, such as real-time access to inspection results, real-time notifications, 24/7 access to schedule inspections, and the ability to pay fees, you can now see the status of your permit before it is issued. Click here for a preview of the benefits you can expect.  
Access the Inspection Scheduling and Permit Details page here.

Preparation

Be prepared for your inspection! Review the document linked below for information about what is required at residential inspections.
Residential Inspection Description (PDF)

Top Failure Items

Please review the list of the most frequently failed inspection items (PDF).

Building Codes

For information concerning building codes, see County Laws and Code, as well as "Code Opinions" below.

Electrical Inspections

All electrical inspections are regulated by the State of Delaware. For questions, please visit their website or call (302) 744-4500 or your licensed electrician.

Code Opinions

The New Castle County Inspections Section strives to provide accurate and consistent applications of the International Codes for our customers. However, from time to time an occasion will arise where we need input from the International Code Council (ICC) regarding a specific code section. In these cases, a request is sent to the ICC and a Staff Code Interpretation is provided in return. These impartial third-party decisions are receive from the ICC to assist jurisdictions in applying the code fairly and accurately. The Interpretations that we have accumulated for past and present code adoptions are listed here: Code Opinions.

Please contact us with any questions: