Commercial Inspection Guidelines

Contractors working in Palo Alto can download inspection guidelines to help comply with 2016 California Residential Code, Mechanical, Plumbing, Energy Code, and Electrical Code requirements and provide insight about what to expect during an inspection. The Inspection Voice Response (IVR) number(s) are in front of the inspection title.

SECTION  IVR#   CHECKLIST 
1.0 GENERAL     
    How to Read Changes, Municipal Code Requirements, and Best Practices
    Attention to Superintendents 
    Common Errors and Pitfalls 
    Construction Hours
    Address and Premises Identification 
     Safety And Sanitation 
    Security
    Sequence of Inspections 
    Scheduling of Inspections
    Commercial Trailers 
    Special Inspection Requirements 
2.0 PRE-CONSTRUCTION    
   111 Pre-Construction Meeting 
    Large Project Management Guidelines 
3.0 CONSTRUCTION POWER    
   202 Construction Power- Commercial and Multi-Family
    Stanford Temporary Power Requirements 
4.0 FOUNDATIONS/MASONRY    
   204 Foundations 
   204, 206, 208 Basements Slab and Walls
   211 Post Tension Slab
   205, 209 Pier and Grade Beam
   210 Shotcrete 
   206 Slab on Grade/Elevated Slabs
   207 Masonry 
5.0 BUILDING     
    Fire Blocking and Draft Stopping 
   302 Steel Stud Framing 
   304 Suspended Ceiling 
    T-Bar Ceiling Installations - UBC Standard 47-18
6.0 PLUMBING     
   224 Backwater Valve (Sewer)
   510 Backflow Prevention (Water Supply)
   602 Boiler
    Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST)
    Excessive Water Pressure 
    Grey water Systems
   512 Sumps and Sewage Ejectors
   704, 705, 706 Solar Water Heating 
    Underslab/Structure Gas Piping 
   203 Underslab  and Slab Plumbing 
   504 Tankless Water Heater
   503 Water Heater 
7.0 MECHANICAL     
   604 Fume Hood Requirements 
   613 Roof Top Equipment 
8.0 MULTI-TRADES     
   301 Multi-Trades 
9.0 FINAL     
   101 Final
10.0 ELECTRICAL     
    Alternative Breakers 
    Communication Circuits
   107 Electrical Conversions
   405, 406 Electrical Sub Panel 
   101 Electrical Signs
   720, 101 Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment 
    Generator and Transfer Switches 
   247 Hot Check 
    Low Voltage Lighting Systems 
    Minimum Cover/Burial Requirements 
   246 Panel Torque 
   701, 702, 703, 246 Photovoltaic 
    Tenant Improvement Wiring 
   408 Transformers 
    Torque Values  
    Unsealed Electric Meters, Emergency Repair Procedures
    Utility Disconnect/Reconnect 
11.0 UTILITIES RELEASE     
   405 Electric Meter Release 
   222 Gas Meter Release 
12.0 ROOFING    
    Cool Roofs 
    Roof Drains 
   801, 805, 808 Single Ply Membrane Roof
13.0 RESTAURANT     
    Grease, Sand and Oil Interceptors 
   603 Kitchen Hood Requirements 
    Restaurant Checklist 
14.0 MISCELLANEOUS     
    Health Care Facilities 
    Medical Gas 
    Spray Booth 
15.0 ACCESSIBILITY     
    Accessibility Commercial 
    Braille
    Means of Egress 
16.0 FORMS AND NOTICES     
    After Hours or Weekend Inspections 
    Alternate Materials Application
    Non-Residential Construction Power 
    Electrical Application (Comm/Multi Family)
    Large Project Inspection Request Form 
    Lock Out/Tag Out Protocol 
    Temporary Occupancy (Commercial/TCO)
    Phased Occupancy Procedures 
    U&O Form/Certificate of Occupancy Final 
17.0 VENDORS AND SERVICES    
    Special Inspection Agencies 
INSPECTION CODES    
    Inspection Codes

City of Palo Alto Guide Books are intended to help permit holders prepare for and pass inspections, providing a path to successful completion of all project types. By taking a systematic approach, we have attempted to provide a “comprehensive checklist” for many types of projects. Guide Books are not to be confused with Code Books (California Title 24). Guide Books reference state, local codes and adoptive ordinances, but do not supersede them. Guide Books are available for Commercial, Residential, Tenant Improvements, Electrical, Roofing and other types of projects. We welcome any feedback you may have to help us improve these resources.