Electrical 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 INFORMATION    
    How to Read Changes, Municipal Code Requirements, and Best Practices
    Electrical Guidelines Manual Letter
    Key Changes to the 2016 CEC
2.0 INSPECTIONS    
    Common Errors
    Temporary Power - Residential
    Temporary Power - Commercial
    Construction Power - Residential
    Construction Power - Commercial 
  405 Electrical Sub Panel
  246 Panel Torque 
    Grounding and Bonding
   

Tenant Improvement (T.I.) Wiring

  408 Transformers
    Generators and Transfer Switches
    Low Voltage Lighting Systems 
  101 Electrical Signs 
  247 Hot Check
  720, 246 EVSE - Residential
  720, 246 EVSE - Commercial
  707 ESS Energy Storage Systems
    Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupted (AFCI) Requirements
  703, 246 PV - Residential
  701, 702, 703, 246 PV - Commercial
    Table 300.5 Minimum Cover Requirements
    Torque Specifications 
    Alternative Breakers 
3.0 METER RELEASE    
  405 Electric Meter Release - Residential
  405 Electric Meter Release - Commercial and Multi-Family
  108 Conditional Meter Release Form - Residential 
  108  Conditional Meter Release Form - Commercial & Multi-Family
4.0 MISCELLANEOUS    
    After-Hours or Weekend Inspection Procedures
   

Unsealed Electric Meters and Emergency Repair Procedures

5.0 UTILITIES FORMS AND PACKETS     
    Utilities Service Application for Permanent Single Family Residence
    Utilities Service Application for Permanent Commercial & Multi-Family
    Electric Application Temporary Electric Service 
    Utility Disconnect Prior to Demolition 
    Utilities Demolition Declaration of Tenancy 
6.0 UTILITIES STANDARD DRAWINGS    
    EUSERC 301 301A - Rev 7 - 12-09
    GD-01 - Rev 01-31-13
    GD-02A - Rev 09-15
    GD-02B - Rev 09-12
    SR-CL-O-1015 - Rev 2 - 08-08
    SR-CL-O-1017 - Rev 3-94
    SR-CL-O-1018 - Rev 2 - 10-09
    SN-CN-O-1009 - Rev 5
    SN-CN-U-1010 - Rev 10-08
    SR-MT-E-1012 - Rev 4 - 1-11
    SR-MT-E-1013 - Rev 1 - 11-08
    SR-MT-E-1014 - Rev 6-13
    SR-MT-E-1035 - Rev 6-14
    ST-TS-O-1006 - Rev 4 - 06-13
    SR-TS-O-1007 - Rev 2 - 01-12
    SR-TS-O-1008 - Rev 3 - 07-16
    WGW-05 - Rev 12-10
    WGW-06 - Rev 12-09
    DT-SS-C-1005
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.