Beginning July 15, residents no longer have to take time off of work during the week to get their water heater, water softener or patio inspected. Residents, and the construction industry, will now be able to get inspections from the city of Las Vegas seven days a week. The Building and Safety Department is believed to be the first in the state of Nevada, and possibly the nation, to offer inspections on Saturdays and Sundays.
In the past, general contractors would have to wait several days to restart their work if their inspection wasn’t completed by a Friday. An average of 45-60 inspections were being held over the weekend due to staffing issues. Residents needing to get their water heater, water softener, or patio inspected had to take time off during the week.
Now, the city has hired two employees who will handle inspections on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, days the city is usually closed. General contractors can get their inspections done on the weekends so their crews are ready to start work Monday morning. Residents also have the convenience of scheduling inspections on the weekends. In addition, residential gas line repairs can also be inspected over the weekend so that service can be restored quickly.
The expanded services are part of the city’s initiative to be more customer-friendly for both residents and contractors. The city last year opened the Development Services Center, a one stop shop for the development community. Most recently, the city, North Las Vegas Henderson and Clark County unveiled a new multijurisdictional business license for contractors that will allow them to get their license in one location.
To schedule an inspection Monday through Friday, customers should call (702) 229-4677. To schedule an inspection on Saturday or Sunday, customers should call (702) 229-4076.
“This new seven day coverage is all part of the city’s efforts to be more customer friendly both to residents and contractors by providing a service when it is most convenient for them,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. “Now, if residents need an inspection, or a contractor has completed work on a Saturday, they no longer have to wait until later in the week to get an inspection. Time is money, so this is an important service.”