At the April 8 virtual City Commission meeting, the Commissioners accepted an update on the Growth Management Department’s virtual building inspection initiative. The Growth Management Department is conducting virtual building inspections to promote social distancing.
Growth Management Director Karen Jumonville said the primary goal of the virtual inspections is to keep customers and staff safe while continuing a service that will facilitate economic activity.
Jumonville said the department has conducted 11 virtual inspections so far. She said the department will continue to refine the virtual inspection process and possibly make it a permanent feature.
Jumonville said, though the department’s offices are closed, it is continuing to provide all of its usual services through the virtual inspections and other new approaches.
The benefits of virtual inspections include protecting staff and customers from COVID-19 spread and having the ability to inspect from any location. Conducting inspections virtually eliminates the requirement for an inspector to be physically present at the inspection site, decreasing human contact.
According to the meeting agenda, the contractor would begin the inspection by showing the front of the house on video to verify its address. Then, the inspector would direct the contractor on what to show onscreen. After communication between the inspector and the contractor, the results of the inspection would be entered into the permitting system.