Important Changes to Plumbing and HVAC Inspections

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7:27 AM

Beginning October 1, 2019, the City is implementing a new process to reduce the number ofdiscretionary inspections. In an effort to create a more efficient inspection process and improvecustomer experience, some Plumbing Stack, Plumbing Groundworks, HVAC Stack and HVACConcealed duct inspections will not be required for every project. 

What you need to know:

●  Customers must still request all inspections for every project.

●  This new process applies to four inspection types only: Plumbing Stack, Plumbing

Groundworks, HVAC Stack and HVAC Concealed duct

●  If the City determines an inspection is not required for your project, you will receive an

email at 10 am on the day the inspection is scheduled to happen letting you know it is

not required

●  This process only applies to, single detached family homes

●  If you cancel your inspection after it’s been scheduled, cancelation fees may apply.

This innovative process uses a number of variables and historical inspection data to make adecision about whether an inspection is required. These variables include:

●  Building Attributes: permit class, floor area, home design, infill location, secondary suite,lot area, construction value

●  Geographical Information: neighbourhood classification

●  Contractor Attributes: 12-month inspection volume, 12-month first-time pass rate

●  Inspection Attributes: Inspection type, date, the time between permit submission and


Homebuilders and contractors who have a history of passing inspections the first time aroundmay see a reduction in the number of Plumbing and HVAC inspections required by the City. Asalways, builders and contractors will continue to be responsible for ensuring their work is donesafely, correctly and up to code. All mandatory and most discretionary inspections will continue

to happen by Safety Codes Inspectors who will continue to support homeowner’s safety byconfirming that the work aligns with current applicable code requirements.

This new process aligns with the City of Edmonton’s Quality Management Plan and will allow theCity to focus its resources on more complicated inspections that pose a higher risk to publicsafety.