Roof Sheathing & Shear Wall Inspection Checklist

Use this Roof Sheathing & Shear Wall Inspection Checklist to verify compliance with the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC).

Roof Sheathing & Shear Wall Inspection Checklist



Permits And Plans

1. Is the job address posted in a visible location ?


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2. Are permits and approved plans on-site and accessible to the inspector?


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3. Is permit information correct, including address, permit number, description of work, etc. ?


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4. Are previous required building inspections approved ?


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5. Have all inspections, as required by the jurisdiction, received inspection approvals prior to cover, and have they been requested by the permit holder or agent ?


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Exterior Wall Sheathing And Braced Wall Panel

1. Is the exterior wall sheathing inspection completed before papering or siding ?


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2. Has the sheathing been verified to be the grade and thickness specified on the approved plans and/or engineering?


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3. Is the sheathing nailed per the shear wall/braced wall panel schedule on the approved plan, with common nail sizes used for vertical or horizontal diaphragms?


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4. Are sheathing edges and end joints blocked or occurring over horizontal or vertical framing members ?


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5. Are plate dimensions per shear wall schedule/approved plans ?


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6. Are plates fastened per the shear wall schedule/approved plans ?


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7. Are nailing/attachment requirements for required double 2x’s or 3x’s as shown on the approved plan and shear wall schedule checked ?


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8. Have stud size, height, and spacing been confirmed?


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9. Are fasteners at end joints not spaced greater than 6 inches on center and are firmly driven into the framing ?


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10. Do fastener heads or crowns not penetrate the outer veneer of plywood, and is loose sheathing attached to framing members using nails?


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11. Are fasteners for preservative-treated wood of hot-dipped zinc-coated galvanized steel, stainless steel, silicon bronze, or copper? Are staples of stainless steel? Are coating types and weights for connectors in contact with preservative-treated wood in accordance with the connector manufacturer's recommendations? In the absence of manufacturer's recommendations, is a minimum of ASTM A 653 type G185 zinc-coated galvanized steel, or equivalent, used?Exceptions: •One-half-inch diameter or greater steel bolts •Fasteners other than nails, staples, and timber rivets shall be permitted to be of mechanically deposited zinc-coated steel with coating weights in accordance with ASTM B 695, Class 55 minimum •Plain carbon steel fasteners in SBX/DOT and Zinc Borate preservative-treated wood in an interior, dry environment shall be permitted


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12. Is pressure-treated material or impervious moisture barrier installed wherever concrete is poured against wood construction ?


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13. Have plans for lateral restraint or alternate braced panels been checked, and does the construction meet the approved engineering or prescriptive design?


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14. Has it been confirmed that roof eave rafter tails/sheathing do not project into the fire separation distance at the property line ?


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15. For the braced wall panel method Portal Frame with Hold-downs (PFH), has the framing, hold-downs, and nail pattern been verified to match IRC ?


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Exterior Roof Sheathing

1. Is the roof sheathing inspection completed before papering or roofing?


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2. Are mid-span clips installed as required by the approved plan or the APA manufacturing and installation requirements ?


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3. Are fasteners at the end joints spaced no greater than 6 inches on center and firmly driven into the framing members, with end joints staggered ?


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4. Are there specified blocking and/or nailing noted in the plans?


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5. Where diaphragms are designated as blocked, are all joints in sheathing occurring over and fastened to common framing members or common blocking? Is the size and spacing of fasteners at wood-frame diaphragm boundaries and panel edges as prescribed by the approved plans? Are panels, not less than 4 feet by 8 feet except at boundaries and changes in framing where the minimum panel dimension is 24 inches unless all edges of the undersized panels are supported by and fastened to framing members or blocking? Are nails located at least 3/8 inch from the edges of panels?


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6. Are blocking, framing members, etc. nailed to the sheathing at interior shear wall locations that result in a system that provides a complete load path that meets the requirements for the transfer of loads from their point of origin through the load-resisting elements to the foundation?


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7. Are trusses braced to prevent rotation and provide lateral stability per the approved drawings and individual truss design drawings? In the absence of specific bracing requirements, are trusses braced in accordance with accepted industry practices such as the SBCA Building Component Safety Information (BCSI) Guide to Good Practice for Handling, Installing & Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses as most manufacturers require sheathing to be nailed to the blocking between trusses?


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8. Are plans and schedules checked for fastener type and size?


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9. Is the thickness and grade of sheathing conforming to approved plans or prescriptive requirements ?


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10. Do allowable spans for lumber sheathing conform to IRC Table?


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11. Is spaced lumber sheathing for wood shingle and shake roofing conforming to the requirements of sections ?


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12. Is spaced lumber sheathing not allowed in Seismic Design Category D2 ?


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Hold-Downs And Hardware

1. Are all floor-to-floor, wall-to-floor, and lateral straps and transfer connections installed per the approved plans?


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2. Are hold-downs not over-spalled beyond the manufacturer’s maximum allowance, with spalling greater than that allowed causing a reduction in load capacities (see manufacturer’s installation instructions) (MII)?


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3. Are hold-downs and straps attached properly per approved plans and/or manufacturer’s installation instructions (MII)?


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4. Are full-height studs required at strapping and hold-downs (MII)?


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5. Are multiple studs installed at strapping and hold-downs as required per the approved plan or manufacturer’s installation instructions (MII)?


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6. Are anchor bolts at garage walls and other areas not inspected during the underfloor inspection checked ?


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7. Is anchor bolt size and spacing per the shear wall schedule in the approved plans ?


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8. Is wall anchorage provided for all buildings in Seismic Design Categories D0, D1, and D2 and townhouses in Seismic Design Category C (? • Plate washers, a minimum of 0.229 inches by 3 inches by 3 inches in size, shall be provided between the foundation sill plate and the nut except where approved anchor straps are used. The hole in the plate washer is permitted to be diagonally slotted with a width of up to 3/16 inch larger than the bolt diameter and a slot length not to exceed 1- 3/4 inches, provided a standard cut washer is placed between the plate washer and the nut.


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9. For the braced wall panel method Portal Frame with Hold-downs (PFH), are strap-type hold-downs required per IRC ?


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Framing

1. Are framing member requirements for double 2x’s or 3x’s as shown on the approved plan and shear wall schedule checked?


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2. Have stud size, height, and spacing been confirmed?


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3. Is continuity maintained when an exterior wall (1-hour-rated) is within a 5-foot fire separation, and is this also verified at the time of foundation and framing inspections (WA Amendment)?


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4. Is cripple wall bracing, exterior and interior, per the requirements of (WA Amendment)?


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