San Diego Development Services Offers Virtual Inspection of Building Projects


San Diego Development Services is now offering virtual inspections for more than 20 common construction projects at both commercial and residential properties to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and speed up the construction process during these times.

Virtual Inspections

Mayor Faulconer said, ”We’re making it easier than ever to build in San Diego by leveraging technology to help the construction industry get more shovels in the ground faster. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult to conduct in-person inspections so we’re moving to virtual inspections that will be easier to schedule and help move projects along more efficiently and effectively.”

Earlier this year, the city’s Development Services Department tested virtual inspections by allowing customers to submit photos of work conducted under mechanical, electrical and plumbing permits issued without a plan review for minor installations.

Customers may now request a virtual inspection by completing a form on the department’s website. If the inspection qualifies, it will be conducted with customers at the job site using Google Meet.

Inspections that may be conducted virtually for single-family residences, duplexes, as well as some commercial projects, include:

  • Electrical vehicle charging stations
  • Drywall
  • Exterior siding
  • Foundation retrofits, including mobile homes
  • Gas air tests
  • Insulation
  • Light standard footings
  • Minor framing/shear
  • Re-roofs
  • Re-inspection of minor corrections
  • Retaining wall footings
  • Rooftop and ground-mount solar photovoltaic
  • Shower pans and tubs
  • Simple heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) change-outs
  • Slab grades
  • Temporary power
  • Trash enclosures
  • Water heaters
  • Water services and re-pipes
  • Window and door replacements

Large or complex inspections, as well as virtual inspections that can’t be conducted properly, will still be inspected physically onsite.