Residential Inspections

If you are renting or selling property in the City of Columbia you will need to make sure you have a Residential Inspection completed by the City of Columbia's Building Official to ensure the property is in compliance with the City of Columbia's codes.

How much does an inspection cost? 

  • Inspection fee - $83.50 (includes one re-inspection, if necessary) 
  • Over one re-inspection - $83.50 each

How long is my inspection good for? 

Inspections are good for one year. 

Property owners, who have previously received a Certificate of Compliance, wishing to sell a dwelling under five (5) years old, will not need an inspection. However, it will still be the new owner’s/occupant’s responsibility to obtain an Occupancy Permit from City Hall. 

Building permits and inspections? 

Inspection fees are included in the Building Permit fee for newly constructed dwellings. Inspections must be scheduled with the Building Permit Office at appropriate times throughout the building process. The Occupancy Permit fee is also included in the Building Permit fee, if occupancy immediately follows issuance of Certificate of Compliance approval.

When are inspections scheduled? 

Inspections are done on Monday's from 9 am to 3 pm and Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm for all residential occupancy permits. 

How do I schedule and pay for my inspection? 

There are a few different ways you can schedule and pay for your inspection.
NOTE:: WE WILL NOT SCHEDULE YOUR INSPECTION UNTIL FORM HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE.

  • Come into City Hall and complete an application and pay $83.50 to the Clerk's Office. 
  • Complete your application online and print out and bring in and pay the 83.50.

What happens after my inspection?

Once your inspection has been completed it will take 3-5 days to get the results of the inspection. If the property passed inspection you will receive a Certificate of Compliance if the inspection did not pass you will receive an Inspection Report outlining the items that will need to be completed prior to issuance of Certificate of Compliance.

NOTE: Residential Occupancy Permits are NOT issued until all items are resolved and a Certificate of Compliance has been issued.