Inspections

Town of Caledon Building Inspectors conduct mandatory inspections on projects where building permits are required.

All construction projects that have been issued a permit are required to be inspected. At each stage of construction specified in the Ontario Building Code, the prescribed person shall notify the Town of Caledon's Building division of readiness for inspection.

Mandatory inspections ensure that your project meets the minimum provisions respecting the safety of buildings with reference to public health and safety, fire protection, accessibility and structural sufficiency.

 Please book your inspection with a minimum of 24 hours notice, and prior to 1 p.m. to receive an inspection for the following day (subject to availability).

Any inspections booked after 1 p.m. will be booked for the second following day. 

 How to book an inspection

The owner or a representative of the owner must be present during all mandatory inspections. If no person is present upon arrival of the inspector, then no inspection will be conducted.

The Town of Caledon does not perform electrical inspections. The electrical inspections are performed by the Electrical Safety Authority.

 List of mandatory inspections

Footing or structural slab (foundations, piers, posts, sonotubes, helical anchors, rebar)

Prior to calling in Footing or Structural Slab inspection the following should be completed:

  • Excavation is completed and before any concrete has been poured
  • Forms in place, pad footings dug to depth and any required re-enforcement steel in place
  • If constructed on fill, provide copy of engineer’s site report to inspector

Backfill (weeping tile, foundation walls)

Prior to the placing of backfill material the following should be completed:

  • All foundation work is in place
  • Drainage layer installed, and weeping tile covered with crushed stone.
  • Parging and damp proofing/waterproofing in place 

Exterior waterline (water services)

Prior to calling in an Exterior Waterline inspection the following should be completed:

  • Water service pipe(s) are to be installed, prior to backfill and ready for testing

Exterior drains - sanitary and/or storm sewers (outside drains, exterior sewers)

Prior to calling in an Exterior Drains inspection the following should be completed:

  • Drain pipe(s) are to be installed, prior to backfill and connected to municipal services or the private onsite sewage system
  • Must be installed below the frost line, supported on a firm and continuous surface and ready for testing

Interior drains - sanitary and/or storm sewers (inside drains, inside sewers, underground plumbing)

Prior to calling in an Interior Drains inspection the following should be completed:

  • Drain pipe(s) to be installed on a firm and continuous surface, prior to covering and ready for testing
  • Drain card is to be submitted at time of inspection

Plumbing rough-in (above ground plumbing, above grade plumbing)

Prior to calling in a Plumbing rough-in inspection the following should be completed:

  • All plumbing to be installed (supply lines, drains, waste and vents) and pressure tested 

HVAC rough-in - heating ventilation and air conditioning (heating, HVAC)

Prior to calling in a HVAC rough-in inspection the following should be completed:

  • All ductwork completed, sealed and visible for inspection. 

Framing (rough framing, trusses)

Prior to calling in a framing inspection the following should be completed:

  • All structural framing is complete, and the structure is weather-tight 
  • Prior to insulation, rough in plumbing and HVAC inspections must be passed 
  • Fire blocking between dwellings and between floors is also complete and ready for inspection

For fire separation inspections, all required absorption material must be installed and prior to covering the assembly

 

Insulation and vapour barrier (spray foam, batt, vapour barrier)

Prior to calling in an insulation and vapour barrier inspection the following should be completed:

  • Prior to the installation of interior finishes, framing inspection must be passed 
  • Insulation and vapour barrier systems are complete

 

Plumbing final (required prior to occupancy)

Prior to calling in a plumbing final inspection the following should be completed:

  • All plumbing fixtures installed, functional and ready for testing 
  • Hot water tank to be installed and operational

 

HVAC final (required prior to occupancy)

Prior to calling in a HVAC final inspection the following should be completed:

  • All ductwork for heating and ventilation complete
  • Heating appliance and HRV/ERV to be installed, balanced and functional

 

Building final (occupancy)

Prior to calling in a building final inspection the following should be completed:

  • An “Occupancy Permit” will be issued when the requirements of the Ontario Building Code are complete (applies to new homes only)
  • All construction is complete, including exterior work and grading
  • Gas proofing of an attached garage must be complete
  • Final certificate from the Electrical Safety Authority is to be provided to the inspector

 

Septic inspections

Excavation of septic (base cut)

Prior to calling in an excavation of septic inspection the following should be completed:
  • Excavation is completed for site evaluation, sizing of base cut, clearances and soil condition with be verified
  • If not already provided a “schedule 2” confirming the name and license number of the installer will be required

Septic system prior to backfill 

Prior to calling in a septic system prior to backfill inspection the following should be completed:

  • Sand stone and pipe installed and sloped appropriately
  • Tank(s) and/or treatment units along with distribution box are installed prior to backfill, with confirmation of size visible
  • Laser level set up and on site

Septic final (required prior to occupancy, if applicable)

Prior to calling in a septic final inspection the following should be completed:

  • Septic system and any pumps to be installed, functional and ready for testing
  • Final grading around tank and bed to be completed
  • Provide copy of required maintenance agreement to the inspector

Report a building code violation

Our inspectors ensure that buildings and structures meet the Ontario Building Code and other applicable laws.

Contact us if you believe there is a building code violation. Please be sure to include your full name, address, phone number and the address of the suspected violation.