Required Building Inspections

All construction for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the Building Official and all such construction shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved by the building official. It is the owner's and/or contractor's responsibility to notify the building official for the required inspections.

Please call Building Services at 605-642-1335 for the following inspections.


Prior to excavation of footings. A lot survey may be required by the building official to verify that the structure is located in accordance with the approved plans.

Footing Inspections

After excavation for footings are complete and any required reinforcing steel is in place. A soils report may be required prior to pouring footings.

Foundation Wall Inspections

After wall forms and required reinforcing is in place.

Concrete Slab or Under-Floor Inspection

After all in-slab or under-floor building service equipment, conduit, piping accessories, wire mesh, reinforcing steel and other auxiliary equipment items are in place, but before any concrete is poured.

Framing Inspections

After roof, all framing, fire blocking and bracing are in place and all pipes, chimneys and vents are complete, and the rough electrical, plumbing and heating wires, pipes and ducts are approved. To be made prior to any insulating or wall covering.

Lath or Gypsum Board (Drywall/Sheetrock) Inspection

After all gypsum board, interior and exterior, is in place, but before any plastering is applied or gypsum board joints and fasteners are taped and finished. Note: This inspection is only required for rated wall assemblies.

Final Inspection

After finish grading and the building is completed and ready for occupancy.

Other Special Inspections

As noted on the building permit, under special conditions.

Structural Inspections

For information about structural inspections, contact the following:

  • Tom Paisley, Building Official
    Phone: 605-642-1335
  • Dennis Hafner, Building Inspector
    Cell Phone: 605-645-3341

Mechanical Inspections

Mechanical inspections involve three parts:

  • Underground (if applicable)
  • Rough-In (including air test)
  • Final

For more information, contact Brian Ulmer, Mechanical Inspector, at 605-645-3193.

Electrical Inspections

For information about electrical inspections, contact Tim Heairet, State Electrical Inspector, at 605-639-1178.

Plumbing Inspections

Plumbing inspections involve four parts:

  1. Underground from main to building
  2. Under slab
  3. Rough-In
  4. Final

Note: water meter must be installed at rough-in inspection. For more information about plumbing inspections, contact the following:

  • Inspections inside the city limits:
    Brian Ulmer, City Plumbing Inspector
    Phone 605-645-3193
  • Inspections outside the city limits:
    Roy Boone, State Plumbing Inspector
    Phone 605-773-3429

Mailbox Installation

Spearfish Post Office must be contacted for site approval, prior to installation of mailbox. For more information, contact Larry or Lornie at 642-3119.

Reminders for Permit Holders

Permit holders are reminded that all work that requires an inspection shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved by the appropriate inspector. This includes work that will be completed outside of normal working hours, or on weekends and holidays. 

Permit holders are reminded to call for all required inspections at least twenty-four hours before work is to be inspected.

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Call One Call 48 hours before you dig. Call 811 if in state or 800-781-7474 if calling from out of state.