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Remote Video Re-inspection Program

Learn more about getting a re-inspection using remote video in the City of Portland. Use Skype for small changes and As-Built sewer repairs or replacements.

Remote inspection program

The remote inspection program is an alternative to on-site inspection for situations requiring minor corrections. You can use Skype for re-inspection if you only need to make small changes. Learn more about the remote inspection program below and then book an appointment online.

Book an Appointment Online

Remote video re-inspections for the residential sewer program 

RVR Residential Sewer program allows time-certain appointment scheduling for As-Built sewer repairs/replacements. After submitting the required photos and video of your backfilled sewer repair, a Bureau of Development Services inspector will review and provide instant inspection results for 350 and 399 by email.

Types of projects that qualify for Skype re-inspection 

Small projects and repairs with fewer than five corrections: 

  • Building - Missing exterior house numbers, handrails, vent locations, ground floor shear, etc.
  • Electrical - Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors insulation and locations, nail plate production, range hood, etc.
  • Mechanical - Furnace, water heater, duct issues, range hood, etc.
  • Plumbing - Drain waste, vent, sealing of fixtures, etc.

Requirements for Skype re-inspection

  • To participate, customers must use the Skype application on a mobile device to interact with the City inspector. Download and Install Skype (NOT Skype for Business).
  • Mobile device (smartphone, iPad, or other tablet) with reliable data service (4G/LTE internet) OR strong Wi-Fi connection (preferred)
  • Caution: If no Wi-Fi is available cell data is an option. If you have a limited cell data plan your service provider may charge you for data used during the re-inspection.
  • Warning: Older mobile devices or mobile devices with older operating systems and lower resolution cameras may not work properly with the RVR program.
  • If this is your initial registration of SKYPE through the RVR system, you must set up an Appointment Plus account and/or if you already have one, provide us with your information through our online scheduling tool.
  • RVR will call your Skype account at the requested appointment time. Failure to answer this call will result in a NO ACCESS inspection result.

Scheduling a video re-inspection

Use AppointmentPlus to schedule your preferred date and time of your video re-inspection.
Preferred Browser(s): Chrome, Firefox, and/or Safari

Make sure you know your Skype name. Here's how to find it:

    1. In the Skype app, tap or click your profile picture.
    2. Tap or click Skype profile, and your Skype Name will be displayed. 

Client responsibilities 

1. Reliable wireless data service (internet via phone/device provider) or reliable Wi-Fi connection (preferred)

Ensure your inspection location has strong connectivity and your device is always within range of those services around the whole site. Slower and/or weaker connectivity may not provide the speed and clarity required to complete the inspection. If this is the case, the inspector may change the inspection request status to not-ready, partial, or failed as applicable.

Depending on how your phone is configured you may receive alerts and/or calls during your remote video re-inspection. If you choose to take an outside call before the inspection is complete, then the inspection may be listed as not-ready, partial or no access as applicable and customer will have to set up another appointment for re-inspection through the web-based calendar application. If the connection is lost during the inspection the Inspector will attempt to re-establish connection for up to 5 minutes after the initial loss of connection. If connection cannot be re-established the inspection result will not be approved. 

2. Prepare for the inspection

Prior to scheduling, ensure that the necessary tools are available.  For example, flashlight for inspection areas with low light, tape measure to verify length, level, GFCI tester and an approved ladder (for close ups of corrections with limited access), etc.

3. Schedule the inspection

  • Returning User to AppointmentPlus – enter your user name and password to schedule inspection(s).
  • New User to AppointmentPlus  –  you will be asked to create an account. This account can be used in the future to book and track scheduled inspections. *Note:  New Users to AppointmentPlus will be asked to register your Skype account. If you are requesting multiple re-inspections, please wait for AppointmentPlus to refresh and lock-in each inspection number listed.
  • Locating Skype Name on your phone:
    -Open Skype
    - Tap the  profile picture at top of screen
    - Select Skype profile
    - Under profile you will locate Skype Name – it will begin with -live:
    - Customers can tap the Skype Name and the option to copy will appear. Customer can copy the Skype Name and paste it to the AppointmentPlus form or email it to us if they are having problems filling out the form.

4. Prepare to receive the Skype call

  • Make sure phone or tablet is fully charged.
  • Respond to Skype contact request from RVR Program.
  • Be ready to accept Skype video call at the scheduled appointment time. 

Skype View Selection in iPhone iOS or Android OS:

  • Authorize camera and mic usage for Skype if / when given the option.
  • Make sure power tools and equipment are not running so that the call audio is clear.
  • Accept the incoming Skype RVR call – Tap green button
  • You should have a view of the City Inspector with the RVR banner behind.
  • Tap the Skype screen to access the tool bar
  • Tap the camera icon to turn on the camera and speakers
  • The screen view should be a full screen image of the City inspector with the RVR program banner behind and your device’s image in the upper right small screen.
  • In the top right-hand corner view of your screen, tap the reverse camera icon. This should activate the forward-facing camera.
  • If your forward-facing camera view is not in full screen mode - touch and drag the icon view from the top right to the middle of the screen until you see a check mark.  You end up with a split screen view. Touch and drag your image to create a small screen in the upper right corner.
  • Be sure to orient your camera to Landscape mode so that the RVR team will see the whole picture during the re-inspection.

5. Start the inspection

  • Begin inspection, displaying the outside entrance of the structure.
  • The address must show in the initial view.
  • Follow the directions of the inspector.
  • Show all required corrections.

6. Inspection results

  • Upon completion of the Skype RVR inspection the inspector will tell you if the inspection is APPROVED. An AppointmentPlus confirmation email will be sent to you as well.
  • The inspector will update RVR inspection results immediately in the permitting system after the Skype call is completed.
  • If the RVR inspection is NOT APPROVED – SEE CORRECTIONS - An AppointmentPlus email will  be sent addressing the areas needing further improvement as well as rescheduling instructions.