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Commercial framing inspection checklist

A vital step in developing a project is passing all required inspections and assessments. The commercial framing inspection is critical to ensuring the project follows the approved plan, meets safety standards, and avoids unnecessary delays or expenses. 

this checklist as a reminder of which building steps must be completed ahead of the inspection. Be sure to check with your local building code requirements and manufacturer recommendations related to framing inspections.

What is a commercial framing inspection?

The commercial framing inspection is a building assessment required by the International Building Code (IBC) as part of the construction process. This inspection is conducted by the building official, along with a series of additional assessments designed to ensure that the project will meet all IBC requirements.

The commercial framing inspection must be completed “after the roof deck or sheathing, all framing, fire-blocking and bracing are in place and pipes, chimneys and vents to be concealed are complete, and the rough electrical, plumbing, heating wires, pipes and ducts are approved.”

After the inspection, anything that does not comply must be corrected and cannot be covered or concealed until receiving final sign-off by the building official. In rare circumstances, such as the use of new materials or unusual construction methods, follow-ups may be required, as outlined in Chapter 17 of 2018 IBC.

What must be completed for a commercial framing inspection?

The following serves as a rough checklist of items to complete ahead of your commercial framing inspection. Access a more comprehensive checklist here.

Remember, local municipalities may provide reference checklists for tasks to complete and items to have prior to scheduling an inspection. If available, these local checklists can help you ensure you complete all required tasks. 

Always be sure to reference the latest adopted International Building Code and any local amendments. Ahead of your commercial framing inspection, ensure the following items are complete:

  • Roof deck or sheathing, all framing, fire-blocking, and bracing are in place. 

  • Pipes, chimneys, and vents to be concealed are complete.

  • Rough electrical, plumbing, heating wires, pipes, and ducts are approved.

  • The contractor has reviewed the plans and confirmed the construction being inspected is consistent with those plans and ready for inspection.

  • The proper grade lumber and fasteners have been correctly installed. Explore best practices for selecting optimal wood fasteners.

  • The frame does not exceed the maximum allowed floor-to-floor height.

  • Jobsite address is properly displayed in a visible location.

  • Approved plans are on-hand.

Prepare to pass your framing inspection

The commercial framing inspection is a vital step in any construction project. By following this checklist and referencing any local guidelines, you can ensure you’re as prepared as possible for the inspection. 

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