LADBS introduces new Virtual Inspection program

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The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) says it has implemented the Virtual Inspection (VI) Program to “provide LADBS customers and inspection staff with an innovative way to achieve timely inspections through real-time video streaming from construction sites.”

“The VI Program is anticipated to reduce wait times, improve efficiency, and promote the health and safety of LADBS customers and staff, consistent with the Mayor’s Safer-at-Home Order,” the agency says in its newsletter. VI is an alternative to the traditional on-site inspection

Items that qualify for Virtual Inspections include:

  • Smoke/CO detectors
  • Residential photovoltaic systems
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers
  • Water heater, electrical panel, and HVAC replacements
  • Temp power pole (CTS)
  • Residential solar water heating systems
  • Patios/decks
  • Demolitions and sewer caps
  • Reroofing
  • Window replacements
  • Minor pad footings
  • Masonry walls
  • Plumbing fixtures replacement
  • Re-inspections of corrections

Applicants must have a valid building permit to request a virtual inspection. Some of the equipment required for virtual inspection are smartphone or tablet with a webcam, level, flashlight, and tape measure.

A good internet connection is also required.

“LADBS is looking forward to working with contractors and inspectors to expand and improve the VI program as much as possible,” the newsletter says. LADBS says it has successfully conducted more than 350 virtual inspections.

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