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All work that is performed under a permit issued by the city is going to be subject to inspection by city staff.  City inspections are performed to ensure compliance with applicable government codes and standards and any project conditions of approval. Inspections are carried out by staff from the department or division responsible for issuing the respective permit.


The Building Division performs field inspections in order to ensure that the work under an issued building permit is being done according to the approved plans.  To schedule an inspection, please submit your request online, or call our automated line, 760-602-2725 prior to 3 p.m. You may also send an email to bldginspections@carlsbadca.gov. Please note that the inspection will be scheduled for the next business day.

New Residential Video Inspection Program

Carlsbad residents with qualifying residential home improvement projects can now get the required city inspections done using video technology from a smart phone or tablet instead of a building inspector conducting the inspection in person. The goal is to increase the efficiency of the inspection process while protecting public health due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The following types of projects qualify for this new program:

  • Correction items approved by the Inspector
  • Drywall
  • Utility trenching for electrical, water, gas, or sewer
  • Exterior gas pressure tests
  • Insulation
  • Patio covers
  • Others deemed appropriate by the Inspector
  • 100 or 200-amp electric panel upgrades*
  • EV charging stations*
  • Plumbing re-pipe*
  • Remodel finals*
  • Rooftop solar of 10kW or smaller*
  • Wall heater*
  • Water heater*
  • Water softener*

*Required to be done by the contractor of record. Please see the Video Inspection Process Guide for further details.

To schedule a video inspection, got to the city's website and make your request here. Make sure to type in "video inspection request" for the "Type of Inspection" requested.

You can also email requests to bldginspections@carlsbadca.gov. Type in “video inspection request” in the subject line. In the body of your email, please include the following: permit number, project address, type of inspection, list which platform (i.e., FaceTime) , special notes/comments/questions.

Your inspector will contact you in the morning, between 7 and 8 a.m., on the day of your inspection to arrange the details. This service is available Monday through Thursday. There is no additional fee for the video inspection. Data rates may apply.

Please call 760-602-2700 with questions. Video inspection requests will not be taken over the phone.

Engineering & Storm Water Compliance

The Construction Management & Inspections Division performs field inspections of all engineering permits including grading, improvement, haul route, work in the right-of-way and traffic control. To schedule an inspection, please call our automated line, 760-438-3891 or fax in your inspection request form to 760-438-4178.


City landscape construction inspection consists of inspections at project completion to confirm landscape and irrigation installation. Call our landscape consultant at 760-436-7327 if you have any questions regarding the landscape inspection process.

Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention staff inspects building construction to ensure compliance with all applicable fire safety codes. Please contact the Fire Prevention Division at 760-602-4665 if you have any questions.