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Progress Inspections


The code explains that progress inspections “shall be made during the progress of work to verify substantial compliance with the code and with approved construction documents”.

1RCNY 101-07 requires that in addition to all other items required to be inspected in accordance with applicable laws and rules, the progress inspector shall verify the following:

(A) Completion of related special inspections. A progress inspection agency’s performance of a progress inspection shall include verification that any special inspections that were required to have been conducted prior to the progress inspection have been documented as completed.

(B) Updated approved documents. Prior to performing a progress inspection, the progress inspection agency shall verify that the relevant approved construction documents, for the purpose of the progress inspection, represent the built conditions. If changes are required in the approved construction documents for the purpose of the progress inspection, the progress inspector shall wait to perform the inspections until the updated construction documents have been approved, including the energy analysis, where applicable.

(C) Energy code verifications. Progress inspectors for Energy Code compliance shall perform inspections in accordance with the following:

  1. Unless noted otherwise in the Inspection/Test columns of Tables I and II of 1 RCNY §5000-01 (h), required inspections or tests shall be performed on not less than 15% of each relevant construction item in the scope of work as listed in the applicable table, and on not less than one of each type where applicable. Selection of such sample construction shall be at the sole discretion of the progress inspector. Nothing in this item shall prevent the progress inspector from determining that, in his or her professional judgment, more than 15% of a given type of construction item shall be inspected.
  2. Phased inspection for temporary certificates of occupancy. Prior to issuance of a temporary certificate of occupancy for less than the total scope of work, inspection shall be required for all work serving the portion of the building for which the temporary certificate of occupancy is to be issued. Where a practical difficulty for some inspections is demonstrated to the commissioner, the commissioner may grant a waiver of those inspections for a specified time or until final inspection for the final certificate of occupancy.
  3. Phased inspection of controls. Notwithstanding item 2 of this clause, where inspection of the HVAC and lighting controls for central headend systems and communication networks depends upon completion of installation of all related end devices and components located in the building, such inspection of such controls for head-end systems and communication networks shall be completed prior to issuance of a final certificate of occupancy.
  4. Where the progress inspector verifies that, for any given space, the lighting power density is less than the lighting power density for such space on the approved construction documents, the progress inspector may approve such space without the need for revised construction documents to be submitted to and approved by the Department. For the purposes of this item, a space shall mean an area within the building separated by floor-to-ceiling partitions from all other spaces within the building.

Presently there are eight (8) broad categories of work that require progress inspections and they are briefly explained below:

  • Preliminary Inspection: This inspection may be required before the department approves the construction documents. Although rare, the department may find it necessary to inspect the premises of the project for which an application has been filed.
  • Footing and Foundations: After excavation for footings are complete and before any reinforcing steel is placed (concrete formwork is to be in place prior to the inspection), all materials (except ready mixed concrete) required by the contract details for the foundation shall be on-site for compliance with the inspection requirements (e.g steel reinforcement, inbeds, vapor barriers, drainage barriers, form oil, etc.).
  • Lowest Floor Elevation: Specific to projects classified to be a special flood hazard, upon placement of the lowest floor (including the basement – for flood zone purposes) and prior to any further vertical construction, the elevation inspection report shall be submitted to the building department (FEMA Form 086-0-33 required).
  • Structural Wood Frame: Inspection required verifyingthe installations are in compliance with the approved contract documents. Inspections included in the Wood Construction Special Inspections are exempt from in-progress inspections.
  • Energy Code Compliance: Inspection required verifying theinstallations are in compliance with the approved contract documents.
  • Fire-Resistive Rated Construction: The construction of the fire-resistant rated partitions, floors, ceilings, shafts etc., need to be inspected on a random basis to verify the materials specified in the approved construction documents are those being used. In progress inspection will verify material type, size, material manufacturer, installation methods, fasteners size and spacing, and any framing that will be concealed in finished construction is verified to have been installed for any penetrations that require framing behind finished construction.
  • Public Assembly Emergency Lighting: Inspection required verifyingthe installations are in compliance with the approved contract documents.
  • Final: Inspection required verifyingthe installations are in compliance with the approved contract documents. To qualify as a Final Inspection project, they do not propose a change in egress, occupancy or any change that may affect the Certificate of Occupancy.


The inspection services and field tests that can be performed are:

  • Preliminary Inspection (PREL)
  • Footing and Foundation Inspection (FFOI)
  • Lowest Floor Elevation Inspection (LFEC)
  • Structural Wood Frame Inspection (SWFI)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Protection of Exposed Foundation Insulation (ECFI)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Insulation Placement and R values (ECIR)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Fenestration u-factor and product rating (ECUR)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Fenestration air leakage (ECAL)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Fenestration Areas (ECFA)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Air Sealing and Insulation – visual (ECAV)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Air Sealing and Insulation – testing (ECAT)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Projection Factors (ECPF)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Loading Dock Weather Seals (ECWS)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection – Vestibules (ECVS)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection – Fireplaces(ECFP)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Shutoff dampers (ECSD)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - HVAC and service water heating equipment (ECHE)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - HVAC and service water heating system controls (ECHC)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - HVAC insulation and Sealing (ECHI)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Duct leakage testing (ECDT)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Electrical energy consumption (ECEC)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - LIGHTING IN Dwelling units (ECLD)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Interior lighting power (ECIL)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Exterior lighting power (ECXL)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Lighting controls (ECLC)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Exit signs (ECES)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Solar Ready Requirements (ECSR)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Electrical motors (ECEM)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Maintenance information (Documentation Review and Equipment Label Verification) (ECMI)
  • Energy Code Compliance Inspection - Permanent Certificate (ECPC)
  • Fire-Resistance Rated Construction Inspection (FRRC)
  • Public Assembly Emergency Lighting Inspection (PAEL)
  • Final Inspection (FINI)

Other services can be performed to meet the needs of your project. Engage with an AEIS expert to discuss your project requirements and ensure a smooth inspection process.

Codes, Standards & Specifications

Typical Progress Inspection references in project specifications:

  • 2014 New York City Building Code
  • BC 110.0 Preliminary
  • BC 116.2.1 Preliminary Inspection
  • BC 110.3.1 Footing and Foundation
  • BC 110.3.2 Lowest Floor Elevation
  • BC 110.3.3 Structural Wood Frame Inspection
  • BC 110.3.5 Energy Code Compliance
  • BC 110.3.4 Fire-resistance rated construction inspection
  • BC 116.2.2 Public Assembly Emergency Lighting – Compliance Inspection
  • BC 110.5 Final inspection
  • RCNY 101-07
  • RCNY 5000-01 NYC Energy Conservation Code
  • Directive 14 of 1975
  • RCNY 101-10 Final inspection and Sign Off prior to letter of completion
  • FEMA Form 086-0-33

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