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City of Lincoln
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Lincoln, CA 95648
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Building Division
 
The Building Division’s function is to protect life and property through the construction of safe buildings. Through enforcement of the codes, laws, and ordinances adopted by the City of Lincoln, the department’s obligation is to ensure that the design, construction, and use of all buildings and structures adhere to reasonable minimum standards.
 
The Building Division issues permits for commercial, industrial, and residential projects, performs plan checks and inspections, helps the public and contractors with construction questions, and abates non-conforming and substandard housing.
 
Before you build or remodel, please consult our Building Division to make sure your project has the proper permits and conforms to applicable codes and zoning ordinances.

The Building Division will try to accommodate all your inspection needs. Permits can usually be issued over the counter for re-roofs, new HVAC units, replacement of water and gas lines, water heaters, and electrical work. Other projects will usually require plan checks that may take 2 to 6 weeks, depending on size and complexity of project. You may schedule an inspection Monday through Friday. Saturday inspections are by special arrangement and you will incur additional cost. Please make sure your project is ready for its inspection before you call it in.
Building Inspection
 The Building Division will make every attempt to accommodate all your inspection needs. You may schedule an inspection Monday through Friday.  Special arrangements can be made for Saturday inspections.  However, please be advised you will incur additional costs for Saturday inspections.  Please make sure your project is ready for inspection before you call to make an appointment.
 
At least one inspection is required for any job that has a permit.  Most projects require at least seven inspections, and some complex jobs require many more.  It is the duty of the person doing the work to call for inspections.
 
Typical projects will have the following inspections:
 
1.         Footing/Foundation:  For this inspection the trenches should be dug out and clean, with the concrete forms and reinforcing steel in place. Seismic hardware should be in place on the form.
 
2.         Pre-Slab or under floor inspection:  All in slab or under floor conduit, pipe and equipment should be in place. Any required gravel, sand and plastic sheeting should be in place. On raised foundation houses, the floor joists or floor trusses should be in place, but no floor sheathing should be installed at this time.
 
3.         Shear and roof nail inspection: All engineered shear panels need to be in place and nailed off according to the nail schedule.  The roof sheathing should be in place and nailed off.
 
4.         Frame Inspection: At this stage all the rough systems should be in place--electrical, mechanical and plumbing with the water, gas and waste lines being on test. The tubs and shower pans should be in place and on test.  The tubs or showers on an outside wall should have insulation behind them. The roof should be loaded, with all roof jacks in place.  Windows and exterior doors should be installed. The lath or siding should be on and all penetrations should be sealed.  All framing should be complete with all fireblocks and draftstops in place.
 
5.         Insulation: All insulation should be in place and all window and doors should be caulked according to manufacturers instructions. All sill plates should be caulked or otherwise sealed to the footing, all inside corners should be caulked.
 
6.         Drywall Nail: All drywall is installed and nailed or screwed off properly.
 
7.         Final Inspection: This is the final check to make sure the structure is ready for occupancy or use.  All systems should be up and running, all fixtures installed and appliances in place, outdoor fencing and grading complete, house numbers on and debris removed.
 
Your inspector can tell you if you need more inspections.  Special projects or large projects usually require additional inspections.
 
If a project fails an inspection, then the work may not proceed until the proper corrections are made and re-inspected. Sometimes re-inspections will cost additional fees.
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