Footing Inspection Policy
Department of Building Construction and Inspections
County of Henrico, Virginia
TO: Permit Applicants & Registered Design Professionals
FROM: Building Official
SUBJECT: Footing Inspections
DATE: Revised November 1, 2010
In 1992 the Henrico County Department of Building Construction and Inspections created a standardized footing inspection reporting form for use by approved inspection agencies. Recent investigations concerning the existing policy and inspection reporting form has resulted in revisions to the form and the governing policies and procedures.
Effective August 1, 1999 all residential footing inspections performed by private inspection firms shall be filed using the Residential Footing Inspection Report form provided by the Henrico County Department of Building Construction and Inspections. A photocopy of the four-part carbonless inspection report is attached. The Residential Footing Inspection Report forms can be obtained by calling 804/501-4374 or writing the Department of Building Construction and Inspections. The forms will only be distributed to approved inspection agencies that have completed an orientation program delivered by the Department of Building Construction and Inspections (see item #2 below). Each form is sequentially numbered to facilitate recordkeeping. The following policies and procedures will govern the approved inspection agencies that perform residential footing inspections and the use of the Residential Footing Inspection Report form.
- The approved inspection agency shall request the footing inspection via http://www.co.henrico.va.us/bldg/insp/ for the day that the inspection is scheduled to be performed. The approved agency shall type a message on the inspection request indicating the time that the inspection will be performed and the name and telephone number of the approved inspection agency.
- The approved inspection agency shall be either a design professional that is registered by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation as an architect or engineer, or a qualified inspector working under the supervision of a Virginia registered architect or engineer. The registered design professional shall attend a brief orientation session prior to performing any residential footing inspections. Registered design professionals can schedule an orientation session by calling 804/501-4374. Qualified inspectors shall possess the knowledge, skills and abilities that are required to properly inspect residential footings for compliance with the County approved plans and the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. The registered design professional is responsible for assuring the qualifications and reliability of any qualified inspector(s) that they employ and maintaining a file that substantiates the credentials of the inspector(s).
- The contractor shall furnish a copy of the County approved plan to the registered design professional or qualified inspector for use during the inspection. The contractor shall also provide a copy of the soils report if one was required to obtain the building permit.
- All portions of the form shall be completed in type or legible print. Any parts of the form that do not apply to a specific inspection shall be marked "N/A" or "Not Applicable". Typed forms shall be signed and sealed as required by items 6 and 7.
- The approved agency shall note the installation of the concrete-encased electrode on the Residential Footing Inspection Report form as required by the attached policy. Residential Footing Inspection Reports that do not confirm the installation and location of the concrete-encased electrode in steel-reinforced footings will be rejected by the Henrico County Building Inspector.
- The qualified inspector shall print their name and sign the form in the required block, and indicate the date that they signed the form. The registered design professional shall print and sign their name in this block, and date the form, if they perform the inspection.
- The inspection report shall be signed and sealed by the registered design professional in the block that is provided for this purpose.
- The white and yellow copies of the footing inspection report shall be filed with the Department of Building Construction and Inspections prior to obtaining a foundation inspection. A foundation inspection will not be performed until the footing inspection report is filed with the Department. The department will accept a .pdf version of the report for the purpose of performing the foundation inspection. The .pdf of the completed inspection report shall be emailed to email@example.com. The .pdf file shall be transmitted from the email address of the registered design professional that has signed and sealed the inspection report form. The white and yellow copies of the footing inspection report must still be submitted for verification of the emailed report prior to approval of the final inspection. The department will not accept photocopy or faxed reproductions of completed inspection forms. The white copy will be filed as a permanent record with the final Certificate of Occupancy. The yellow copy will be placed in a separate numeric file within the Department of Building Construction and Inspections.
Failure to comply with the instructions listed on the form and this memorandum will result in rejection of the inspection report by Henrico County. Henrico County will disqualify the approved inspection agency, the registered design professional, and/or the qualified inspector for falsifying any information required by the inspection report form or this memorandum.
Please call Senior Building Inspector Richard Moore at 501-4360 if you have any questions concerning this new policy or use of the new inspection reporting form.
Gregory H. Revels