Inspections are required by law. Inspections help to ensure that the basement has been built in accordance with the structural and safety provisions of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) standard construction practices and the approved drawings or the Loudoun County Typical Finished Basement Details (PDF).
The number of inspections required varies depending on whether electrical, mechanical, plumbing or gas installations are made.
A copy of the approved plans or the Loudoun County Typical Finished Basement Details must be on the job site and available to the inspector or no inspection will be performed.
The following inspections, conducted by Loudoun County inspectors, are required for a finished basement:
- Rough-In: all concealed electrical, mechanical, plumbing and/or gas installations (in any order) but before "building framing"
- Building Framing: after electrical, mechanical, plumbing and/or gas rough-in inspections have been approved, and before covering with concealing materials
- Building Insulation: after framing and insulating and before covering with concealing materials
- Final Inspection: electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and building
When & Where to Call for Inspections
Pursuant to the VUSBC, it is the responsibility of the permit holder or the permit holder's representative to notify the county when the stages of construction that require an inspection are reached. Based on visual observation, inspectors may request access to the existing house to verify solid ledger attachment.
Inspections must be scheduled one work day in advance by accessing the Web-Automated Inspection Request System (WAIRS).