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Building Inspections

*All inspections require at least 24-hour advanced notice.

When your permit is issued, you receive a list of required inspections specific to your job.  

Please refer to the Residential Permits and Guidelines for additional information for relevant inspections.

Sewer Laterals – Sewer Laterals are inspected by the Technical Services Department. This is a visual inspection of the pipe between the right of way and the building foundation. Residential laterals between the right of way and the main sewer are rodded by inspectors from DPW.

Water Service Lines – inspected by the Technical Services Department. As indicated with the permit, this is a visual inspection of the water line from the right of way line or water main, to the foundation.

Footings –  inspected by the Technical Services Department before concrete is poured.

Soil Bearing Certification – Certification of soil condition by a licensed professional engineer prior to pouring of footings in accordance with generally accepted engineering practices.

Concrete Foundation Certification – Prepared by a licensed professional architect or engineer prior to the erection of above grade walls.

Foundations – Inspected by Technical Services Department after waterproofing is applied and before backfilling. Inspection of the foundation penetration of sewer laterals, water lines, and/or foundation drains is also done at this time.

Foundation Certification – done by a licensed professional architect or engineer prior to above grade construction.

F.E.M.A. Elevation Certificate – done by a licensed professional at the completion of a foundation for buildings located in federally identified flood plains. This type of certification is to be made on the proper Federal Emergency Management Agency form, available from your surveyor and must be reviewed and accepted by the Town of Greece prior to above grade construction.

Local Elevation Certificate – for buildings out of a flood plain requiring elevation certificates. May be made in the form of a letter, map, or similar document and must be reviewed and accepted by the Town prior to above grade construction.

Underground Plumbing – inspections are performed by the Technical Services Department before covering underslab plumbing and foundation drains.

Pre-Insulation Inspection – performed by the Technical Services Department when rough framing, rough heating and rough plumbing installations and rough electrical are complete.

Rough Framing Inspections – performed by the Technical Services Department when all structural components of a building have been installed in conformance with the approved plans. Framing inspection for single family residential structures or additions is completed during the pre-insulation inspection.

Structural Steel Certification – is the “as built” certification completed by a licensed professional that a building complies in all respect with codes; generally accepted standards and the approved plans.

Tenant Separations – inspected by the Technical Services Department before ceiling installation. This is a visual inspection to confirm the tenant separation integrity.

Rated Separations – inspected by the Technical Services Department before ceiling installation and after the installation of mechanicals.

Rough Plumbing Inspections – performed by the Technical Services Department before covering. We recommend that these inspections be requested by the licensed plumber performing the plumbing work. Many plumbing installations (particularly commercial and industrial) require multiple inspections.

Plumber’s Wet Test Certification – a written certification submitted by a licensed plumber stating that a wet test has been completed. Forms are available at the Technical Services Department.

Gas System Certification – completed by the installer on a form supplied by the Technical Services Department stating that the piping was installed and tested in conformance with the provisions of the applicable codes, rules, and regulations.

Rough Heat Inspections – performed by the Technical Services Department of all duct work before covering.

Masonry Fireplace Inspections – performed by the Technical Services Department at the time of the placement of the first flue and on completion of fireplace (refer to Solid Fuel Burning Appliances & Chimneys under the Residential Permits and Guidelines directory in menu on left for more information).

Gas Fireplaces – inspected by the Technical Services Department before chase is enclosed so that the clearance between the unit and venting to combustible material is visible. Also inspected to manufacturer’s specifications; are the independent emergency key operated shut-off valve and interior and exterior distances to combustibles. Two inspections are required (refer to Gas Appliances and Chimneys under the Residential Permits and Guidelines directory in menu on left for more information).

Manufactured Fireplaces – inspected by the Technical Services Department before the chase is enclosed and when clearances between the unit, chimney, and combustible material is visible. Usually two inspections are required (refer. Solid Fuel Burning Appliances and Chimneys)

Wood Stoves – inspected by the Technical Services Department before the chase or existing opening is enclosed and when clearances between the unit, its chimney and combustible material is visible. Typically, two inspections are required. See above for masonry fireplace chimney inspection requirements. (ref Solid Fuel Burning Appliances & Chimneys).

Fireplace Inserts – inspected by the Technical Services Department to assure that the direct connection to the first flue and distances to combustibles is proper and in conjunction with manufacturer’s specifications. Typically, two inspections are required. (ref. Solid Fuel Burning Appliance & Chimneys).

Chimney Repairs – Are inspected by the Technical Services Department. This inspection is performed when the repair work is at a stage where the clearances to combustibles are visible.

Reline – (masonry or manufactured) is inspected by the Technical Services Department upon completion of installation by qualified personnel (ref. Residential Gas Appliances & Venting).

Insulation –  inspected by the Technical Services Department when complete and before covering with drywall, etc.

Electrical – inspections are performed by a licensed inspection agency. Please contact the agency of your choice for proper inspection:

  • New York Electrical Inspection Agency (585) 436-4460
  • Commonwealth Electrical Inspection Service, Inc.  (585) 624-2380
  • Middle Department Inspection Agency (585) 454-5191

Furnace Replacements – inspected by the Technical Services Department on completion of installation for proper venting, gas piping, and clearances to combustibles in accordance with NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, reference standards, manufacturer’s specifications and generally accepted practices (ref. Residential Gas Appliances & Venting).

Water Heater Replacements – inspected by the Technical Services Department on completion of installation for proper venting, gas piping, water line connection and clearances to combustibles in accordance with NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, reference standards, manufacturer’s specifications and generally accepted practices (ref. Residential Gas Appliances & Venting).

Above Ground Pools & Alarms – inspected by the Technical Services Department on completion of installation for minimum distance to grade and minimum distance to structures and overhead power lines. Documentation of approved electrical inspection should be submitted at this time (ref. Private Swimming Pools).

Inground Pools, Doors and Alarms – inspected by the Technical Services Department on completion of installation for proper enclosure such as self-closing, self-latching gates and doors, minimum distance to structures and overhead power lines. Documentation of approved electrical inspection should be submitted at this time (ref. Private Swimming Pools).

Pool Enclosures – inspected by the Technical Services Department for compliance to New York State Building Code regarding minimum heights to grade, self-closing, self-latching devices on gates and openings, construction detail of enclosure (ref. Private Swimming Pools).

Pool Decks – inspected by the Technical Services Department on completion of installation for structural support and proper enclosure to pool as per drawing details (ref. Decks & Pool Decks).

Decks – inspected by the Technical Services Department on completion of installation for structural support and code complying details, as per drawing (ref. Decks & Pool Decks).

Pre-finals – inspections are performed by the Technical Services Department when project is substantially completed with owner/agent and contractor/applicant to establish a list of items or certifications needed for final inspection and approval.

Fire Marshal’s Office Certificate of Occupancy Inspection Checklist (Codes 62-69)

Upon your request for a Certificate of Occupancy, the Fire Marshal’s Office will inspect for the following or will need the documentation listed below before a Certificate of Occupancy can be issued. Please note that not all items listed may apply to your particular business and that you should refer to the plan review sheet prepared and issued to you by the Fire Marshal’s Office if you have a specific question.

All EXIT signage and emergency lighting to be in proper operation condition.

NOTE: Please call the Fire Marshal’s Office at (585) 723-2439 to schedule your Certificate of Occupancy inspection. DO NOT schedule this inspection through any other office.

Exit Emergency Lights – inspected by the Fire Marshal’s Office for emergency lighting to be on dedicated circuits with the circuit breakers controlling same clearly identified and emergency lighting to be in proper operating condition.

Exit Battery Packs – inspected by the Fire Marshal’s Office. All EXIT signs to be provided with battery pack feature and all EXIT signage to be in proper operating condition.

Exit Sign Dedicated Circuit – inspected by the Fire Marshal’s Office. All EXIT signage to be on dedicated circuits with the circuit breakers controlling same clearly identified.

Exit Door Swing – inspected by the Fire Marshal’s Office. All exit doors to swing with path of exit travel and be in proper operating condition.

Panic Hardware – inspected by the Fire Marshal’s Office.  All panic hardware or other code related latch-releasing hardware on exit doors to be in proper operating condition.

Fire System Working – supplied to the Fire Marshal’s Office, written documentation from contractor that live alarm system, fire/smoke detection system, sprinkler system, etc. was installed in conformity with all applicable code requirements and that all components are in proper operating condition.

Fire Extinguishers – inspected by the Fire Marshal’s Office. Portable fire extinguishers are to be of the appropriate rating and type, mounted in clearly visible and unobstructed locations and supplied with current inspection tags from a qualified fire extinguisher servicing company.

Aisle Width – inspected by the Fire Marshal’s Office.  Store fixtures to be arranged so that main aisle to exit doors through sales floor has a minimum of five (5) feet unobstructed width, and secondary aisles leading to main aisles have a minimum of forty-four (44) inches unobstructed width.

Sediment Trap Certification – the “as built” installation by the manufacturer or licensed certified engineer.

Interior Finish Certification – made by the product manufacturer before final.

Smoke/Fire Detection Certification – done by a New York State licensed alarm company before final and during installation and certified to the Technical Services Department and/or the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Backflow Certification – done by New York State Health Department certified tester and licensed design professional with proper Health Department form. Regulations vary. You will be advised at the time of permit application.

Carpet Certification – done by manufacturer per approved and listed test requirements.

Sprinkler Certification – done by installer per N.F.P.A. standards.

Final Inspection – all work completed as per plans.

Common Inspection Procedures

  • An adult (18 years of age or older) must be on site at the time of inspection.
  • The inspector will ring doorbell or knock on the front door. They will not enter garages, breezeways, etc. If no one is home, generally the inspector will complete an exterior inspection (i.e. footing, foundation, pool, or decks) if there is unobstructed access. The inspector may complete an inspection report stating that no one was home, making it necessary to schedule another inspection, with report mailed to permit applicant.
  • At the time of the inspection request, please notify us if you are not going to be home. We will advise you at that time if your inspection can be completed.
  • Inspection times vary with the complexity of construction or item.
  • Please be prepared to take the inspector directly to the inspection area or item. You must be able to provide safe passage (i.e. ladders, etc.) If there are deficiencies, a written report will be left on site after it has been signed by both the inspector and homeowner or agent.
  • After receiving a notice of inspection failure, you should not proceed with your project unless it is noted on the inspection report or inspection sticker that you may do so.
  • After the deficiencies have been corrected or completed, please call (585) 723-1923 for re-inspection.

When all required inspections are completed, a Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Compliance will be issued in a timely manner. The applicant may pick it up at the Technical Services Department or it can be mailed to the applicant if it is more convenient.