Inspections: Permits

Permit Inspections


Inspections help make sure work is following the approved plans, is done safely and is to code. It is vital that inspections are done, as incorrect work or installations can result in house fires, flood damage and/or structural problems. They are required at various stages of a project, depending on the work that is being done. Please remember that legally a project is not complete until it has passed the final inspection.

Building Inspections

Adopted Codes:
2015 International Building Code with local amendments

2015 International Residential Code with local amendments

Required Information to be onsite

The building permit and City approved drawings

Required Inspections (Residential and Commercial)


  • Footing forms prior to placing concrete
  • Foundation
  • Slab
  • Framing – trade inspection rough-in approvals are required before requesting this inspection.
  • Ceiling Close-in – trade inspections ceiling close approvals are required before requesting this inspection
  • Final
Important Inspection Requirements*
*Depending on the complexity of the project, additional inspections may be required

Electrical Inspections


Adopted Code: 2014 National Electric Code with local amendments

Required Inspections (Residential and Commercial)
  • Temporary electrical service
  • Underground / trench
  • Electrical service / service upgrade
  • Rough-in
  • Ceiling close
  • Final
*Depending on the complexity of the project, additional inspections may be required

Plumbing Inspections

Adopted Code:
2015 International Plumbing Code with local amendments

2015 International Fuel Gas Code

Required Inspections (Residential and Commercial)
  • Water Service
  • Sewer
  • Rough Plumbing / Gas to include pressure tests
  • Final Plumbing / Gas
*Depending on the complexity of the project, additional inspections may be required

Mechanical Inspections

Adopted Code: 2015 International Mechanical Code with local amendments

Required Inspections (Residential and Commercial)


  • Rough Mechanical
  • Ceiling close-in
  • Final Mechanical
*Depending on the complexity of the project, additional inspections may be required
 

Community Enhancement Inspections


Proactive and complaint driven inspections for violations on any property. Inspections focus on sanitation, unlicensed vehicles, unsafe structures, lack of utilities, and exterior conditions.

Please call 301 739 8577 Ext. 103 to report a suspected violation / condition

Pre-Sale Inspection Program

The Pre-Sale Inspection Program offers potential buyers the opportunity to learn if a property is in compliance with the code. The Pre-Sale Inspection is intended to identify violations of the Hagerstown City Property Maintenance Code and is not intended to take place of a licensed home inspection.

Pre-Sale Inspections cost $100 for a single unit, plus $40 for each additional unit.

Both the buyer and the seller must consent, in writing, to an inspection. All code violations must be abated within the timelines listed on the checklist, regardless of the status of the sale.

To schedule a pre-sale inspection, please call (301) 739-8577 x 103.