Residential Occupancy Inspection Checklist

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What Will Be Inspected?
Our inspectors will be looking for compliance with the city’s Property Maintenance Code, which addresses maintenance and safety issues. The following list is a general guide to the types of items that will be checked by our inspectors:


  • Water distribution system must be in good repair and free of leaks.
  • All waste lines must be in good repair and properly vented.
  • Bathrooms must be vented by a window or fan discharging directly to the outside.
  • Plumbing fixtures such as faucets, sinks and toilets must be free of leaks.
  • All faucets (except bathtub) must be equipped with a water shut-off valve.


  • Interior drywall must be in good repair, properly taped and painted or covered with other approved materials (wallpaper, paneling, etc.).
  • Stairs must be equipped with handrails.
  • Floors must be sound and free of holes. Floor covering must be in good repair and free of tripping hazards.
  • Each residence must be equipped with one smoke detector on each floor, one in each bedroom and one outside bedroom areas.


  • Electric service must be large enough to meet the demand placed upon it.
  • There must be no double lugging (two circuits coming off the same breaker).
  • Service panels must be properly mounted and grounded to the building water service by a connection to the cold water side.
  • Each branch circuit must be properly fused or served by a circuit breaker.
  • Each air conditioning compressor must be equipped with a disconnect.
  • Each electrical outlet near a wet location must be protected with a GFI outlet.
  • All bathrooms must have at least one GFCI receptacle.
  • All splices must be made inside a junction box. No open splices will be approved.


  • Foundation walls must be straight, in good repair, free from open cracks and able to support the loads placed upon them.
  • Structural elements must be sound.
  • Exterior walls must be free of holes, breaks, loose/rotting boards and peeling paint.
  • Roofs must be structurally sound, tight, leakproof and drained so water is carried away from the building and discharged without affecting neighboring property.
  • Chimneys, decks, stairs and porches must be sound and in good repair. Decks must be equipped with guardrails. Stairs from decks must be equipped with handrails.
  • Windows and door openings must be weathertight. Glass must be in good repair. Every opening must be properly caulked.
  • Every exterior faucet must be equipped with a hose bibb vacuum breaker.
  • Driveways must be paved with asphalt or concrete.
  • Yard areas must be covered with vegetation to prevent erosion. Grass must be well-kept.


  • Furnaces must be in good repair, properly wired and properly vented. Each blower must be protected by a clean and serviceable filter. Gas furnaces must be equipped with a gas shut-off valve.
  • Water heaters must be properly vented and equipped with a pressure relief valve connected to a drip tube extending to within six inches of the floor. Water heaters must be equipped with a shut-off valve.
  • In-ground swimming pools must be surrounded by a four-foot fence in compliance with current property maintenance code. All pool wiring must meet the requirements of the National Electric Code.
  • Fireplaces must be properly vented. Fire boxes and flues must be kept clean and free of obstructions. The area 20 inches on all sides of a fire box must be noncombustible. Manufactured fireplaces must bear the seal of a recognized testing agency. Smoke dampers must be operable.
  • Attics must be vented, either by openings at the eave, at the top of the gable or by mechanical means.
  • Buildings should be free from insect infestation.