New Sheathing Inspection Required On Residential Structures Prior To Cover Of The Exterior With House Wrap Effective July 1. 2022
The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) requires the inspection of all structural members and fasteners prior to concealment. As such, effective July 1, 2022, with the mandatory adoption of the 2018 codes, the Development and Permits Department will require a sheathing inspection of the wall bracing prior to coverage by the house wrap and/or air barrier material. As the focus is on verification of fastening methods for braced wall designs, a sheathing inspection prior to coverage for the gable area or the roof is not required. The sheathing inspection will be applicable to residential structures such as single family, residential condominiums, townhomes, and residential additions when permitted on or after July 1, 2022.
The house wrap may be installed only after the approval of the required sheathing inspection. The contractor has the option to request the sheathing and framing inspection be conducted at the same time.
The City's data base has been revised to include a new category for a "Sheathing Inspection" and contractors should specify this type of inspection when contacting the Chesapeake Call Center or scheduling the inspection under their eBUILD account.
It is the permit holder's responsibility to contact the department when construction reaches a stage of completion which requires an inspection (USBC, Section 113.1).