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
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 email@example.com. 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
Utility trenching for electrical, water, gas, or sewer
Exterior gas pressure tests
Others deemed appropriate by the Inspector
100 or 200-amp electric panel upgrades*
EV charging stations*
Rooftop solar of 10kW or smaller*
*Required to be done by the contractor of record. Please see the Video Inspection Process Guidefor 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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.