7:45 AM - 9:00 AM, Monday - Friday
(Check with your inspector for their specific office hours)
If you need to leave a voicemail for your inspector, please speak slowly and clearly. Also be sure to state the following information:
- Phone Number
- Permit Number
- Type of Inspection Requested
- Requested date of Inspection
- If applicable, include gate code information and/or location of gate key
(At the very latest, the day prior to the date of scheduled inspection)
This will save you from being charged a $50 reinspection fee as well as saving the inspector’s time and gas.
The following phases of construction are required to be inspected by the Building Division.
- FOUNDATION/SLAB INSPECTION - Termite treatment certificate. After footing excavations are complete and required reinforcing steel forms are in place.
After all in-slab or under-floor ancillary items are in place. (This would include the approval of electrical ground/underground and plumbing concrete slab inspections.)
- FRAME INSPECTION - After the roof, all framing, fire blocking, bracing, and metal connectors are in place; all pipes, chimneys and vents are completed; and the rough electrical, plumbing or mechanical installations are approved.
- LATHING INSPECTION - After all lathing and gypsum board, interior and exterior, in construction required to be fire-resistive is in place but before gypsum board joints and fasteners are taped and finished.
- FINAL INSPECTION - After finish grading and the building is completed and ready for occupancy.
(NOTE: Plumbing and Electrical Final Inspections must be completed prior to Building Final)
- In addition to the required inspections specified above, the Building Official may require other inspections to ascertain compliance with applicable building regulations.
Types of Building Inspections
- PV/Solar Water Heater
- Final Solar Water Heater/PV Panels
- Pool Reinforcing
Request for inspection - see Section 9-11 of Chapter 9 Electricity (PDF)
Final inspection required - see Section 9-12 of Chapter 9 Electricity (PDF)
Additional and miscellaneous inspections - see Section 9-43 of Chapter 9 Electricity (PDF)
Types of Electrical Inspections
- Concrete Slab/ Under floor conduit
- Underground conduits and cabling
- Ground Electrode (Ufer, ground rods, other)
- Electrical Equipment
- Service Equipment
- Photovoltaic Equip Grounding/Rough-In
- Solar Water Heater
- Rough-In/Double Wall
- Pool Grounding
- Pool Potting
- All plumbing, gas and drainage systems must be inspected before being concealed.
- Final inspection must be made after all work required by the plumbing permit is complete.
Types of Plumbing Inspections
- Exterior Underground Water, Gas Supply, Sewer
- Irrigation Backflow or Pool Filler Backflow
- Double Wall Rough In
- Pool/SPA heater
- Shower Pan Test
- Solar Final
Types of Sign Inspections
Types of Regulatory Inspections
- Day Care
- After School Program
- Adult Day Care
How do I check the status of my building, electrical, or plumbing inspection?
If you have requested and building, electrical, or plumbing inspection from the Building Division, the building inspector will complete the inspection and email the results to your email address that we have on file.
If you have an account on Papa Aukahi, you will also be able to view the status and results of the inspection there.
If you are a contact on the permit but not the contractor working on the permit, please contact your contractor for the current status of your project.
I'm planning on selling my home, how do I close out open building permits?
Contact Building Division at either our Hilo Office (961-8321) or Kona Office (323-4720) to verify the status of the open permits. Some old permits may have information in Building's paper files of inspections that were completed or a letter requesting that the permit be voided.
If it is found that the final inspections have in fact not been completed and no letter exists, there are two options. Either void the permit or complete the construction.
If you plan on voiding the permit, a letter from the owner(s) must be submitted to Building Division advising of the intent to void the permit. Depending on the project, building division may need to inspect to see if unfinished work is in a safe condition to be left as is or if additional work is need to make it safe.
If you wish to complete construction on the permit, a request to transfer the permit may be needed if work is to be completed by a different contractor or if you were not the original owner of the permit.
What is the sequence of building permit inspections?
It depends on the project.
For new construction there are generally three phases of construction: foundation, framing, and then the final. Electrical and Plumbing inspections for each phase should to be completed prior to requesting the Building inspection for each phase. This is to ensure that the electrical and plumbing work is inspected before being concealed.
Who is my Building Inspector? What is his/her phone number? What days does he/she come out to my area?
Upon issuance of a permit, the name of the inspector that would be completing the inspections was included along with his/her contact information.
Inspector area assignments may change from time to time, but the inspector listed on the permit will be able to advise you of the change if or when it occurs. He will also be able to inform you of when inspections will be completed for your area.