Prepare for a video inspection

The Portland Development Services is offering video inspections for occupied homes and buildings. FaceTime or Skype is required. In this article, we'll show you have to prepare for your video inspection.

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Video inspections for occupied properties

In general terms, when a property or building is "occupied" it means that people live or gather in that space. Even when they are not physically present, an occupied building is still considered occupied. For example, when you go to the grocery store, your home is still occupied even if no one is present in your home.

To maintain the minimum 6-feet of physical distance between people whenever possible, video inspections are a great way to follow the COVID-19 public health guidelines in occupied spaces.

Requirements for video inspection

  1. Internet connection that is strong and reliable
  2. A mobile phone that is fully charged
  3. FaceTime or Skype ready on your mobile phone
  4. City-approved plans at the project site
  5. Someone who is at least 18-years of age is on site to perform the video inspection

Materials (recommended)

  • Flashlight
  • Measuring tape
  • Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) tester
  • OSHA approved ladder

Day of inspection

You will receive a call from your inspector on the day of your inspection to confirm the time of your appointment. Let the inspector know if you have an Apple iPhone or an Android phone.

Got an Android phone?

If you have an Android phone, download Skype on your mobile phone and set up your Skype account. Here's how:

How to set up Skype on your Android phone

Got an Apple iPhone?

Your inspector will call you with the FaceTime app at the time of your inspection if you have an Apple iPhone. No set-up is required for FaceTime.

Optional: Skype for iPhone

If you'd prefer to use Skype for your video appointment you'll need to download the app on your iPhone and set up your Skype account. Here's how:

Optional: How to set up Skype on your iPhone

Contact

Commercial Inspections - Electrical

Development Services

phone number503-823-7304

Monday through Friday from 8 am - 4 pm. Leave a message with detailed information.

Commercial Inspections - Plumbing

Development Services

phone number503-823-7302

Monday through Friday from 8 am - 4 pm. Leave a message with detailed information.

Commercial Inspections - Structural & Mechanical

Development Services

phone number503-823-7303

Monday through Friday from 8 am - 4 pm. Leave a message with detailed information.

Residential Inspections

Development Services

phone number503-823-7388

Monday through Friday from 8:15 am - 3:45 pm. Leave a message with detailed information.

fax number503-823-7693