Third-Party Building Inspection Program

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Types of Third-Party Inspections

Below are some examples of inspections typically conducted by third-party inspectors. The Building Official may require additional inspections.

  • Controlled Fill
  • Footing and Foundation
  • Waterproofing and Drain Tile
  • Slab placement/Structural Slab
  • Backfill
  • Structural Steel
  • Shore and Reshore
  • Stripping
  • Smoke Control
  • Exterior Insulation Finish System (EIFS)
  • Concrete Encased Electrode System (UFER)
  • Retaining Walls

Register to Conduct Third-Party Inspections

Prior to conducting third-party inspections, Virginia Registered Design Professionals must complete the following form.

Completed forms should be emailed to Raymond Rinaldi.

Complete an Inspection Report

Residential 1-and 2-Family 

  • Foundation and UFER ground certifications must be submitted separately.
  •  A UFER ground certification cannot be submitted until an electrical permit has been issued.


  • Only submit approvals for inspections and certifications that relate to the actual building construction and approved building plans. 
    • Example: Do not submit curb and gutter or asphalt placement with building inspections.
  • It is not necessary to submit daily field reports and records of each test. 
    • Example: For a slab placement, submit a final approval and provide a statement on the report that all necessary slump and break tests were conducted as part of the approval.
  • Submissions with unnecessary or irrelevant documentation will be rejected and returned.

Submit an Inspection Report

Third-party inspection reports may be submitted online. All inspection reports require the seal of a Virginia Registered Design Professional.


Contact Raymond Rinaldi, Department of Building and Development, by email or at 703-777-0220, option 1.