Alternate Video Inspections

The Alternate Video Inspections (AVI) program provides an alternative to in-person interior, occupied residential inspections. The Housing Inspections Branch uses informational drawings and a smart phone with Google Meet or Apple FaceTime video conferencing to satisfy the inspection process for occupied residential inspections.

This program is open to homeowners and contractors who are permit applicants for residential construction projects that are occupied or partially occupied. AVI offers morning (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and afternoon (12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.) appointments.


Prepare the following before scheduling an inspection:

  • Review the AVI Applicant Checklist, including required documentation and information specific to the day of inspection
  • Complete and sign the AVI Applicant Declaration
  • Prepare AVI Plans*
    • Any extra inspections for the same project (including re-inspections and final inspections) will not need resubmission of AVI Plans or Declaration
    • *Not required for air conditioner, hot water tank, and gas or electric furnace installations

Note: Solar photovoltaic systems inspections, electrical services inspections, and permits issued under the Maintenance Certification Program are not eligible for this program.


Note: Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified and revisions must be submitted through Permits Online. A new request to schedule an AVI must be made at that time.

Please note that at any point during the AVI, the inspector may stop the inspection if:

  • they see something that is unsafe
  • the video quality is insufficient to complete an inspection
  • the submitted documentation is inadequate

At that point, an on-site inspection will be required.


For general inquiries about the program, please email

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