Foundation 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.

1.0 GENERAL    
    How to Read Changes, Municipal Code Requirements, and Best Practices
    Foundations Common Errors and Pitfalls
   204 Foundations
  Concrete Landings/Porches/Patios/Steps
   208 Basement Slab and Walls
   206 Post Tension Slab
   205  Piers and Grade Beam
   210 Shotcrete
   206 Slab on Grade/Elevated Slabs
   207 Masonry
    Surveyor Letter Requirements 
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.