Virtual Inspections

Now available for select commercial and residential permits

Save time using our new virtual inspection tool! As of April 2023, customers have the option to complete certain inspections virtually, without waiting for an in-person inspector. The process is fast, easy and convenient.

There are two options for virtual inspections:

 How it worksSchedulingBest for…
Offline inspection (field report)Contractors perform an onsite self-inspection, using the app to submit photos, video and notes for review by our inspector. Complete the inspection before you leave the job site and without inconvenience to the home or business owner.No scheduling required; can be completed any time of day (See instructions below)Contractors who complete inspections frequently and are familiar with the process
Live online inspection with an inspectorContractors use the VuSpex app onsite, and one of our inspectors attends remotely via a video call on the app to help complete the inspection.Scheduling required: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Schedule in the VuSpex app (See instructions below)Contractors and homeowners who prefer to have an inspector available remotely to walk them through the process

Getting Started with Your Permit Application

Eligible Permits

As of April 2023, virtual inspections are available for the following permit types:

Express Permits

(Same-day issued, licensed contractors only; Owner builders and private providers, please contact us)

  • Mechanical air conditioner replacement (changeout)
  • Water heaters (all types)
  • Water softener replacement

Virtual inspections will be available for additional permit types in the future.

How to Complete a Virtual Inspection

To complete a virtual inspection, download the VuSpex GO app on your Apple or Android device or visit the VuSpex Contractor Portal website.

Download on the App Store
Get it on Google Play

View instructions for submitting offline inspections (field reports)

To request a live video inspection with one of our inspectors, use the VuSpex GO app or email:

View the VuSpex User Guide for Contractors for step-by-step instructions for using the app.

Required forms:

Before performing your virtual inspection, please fill out the following forms and upload them to your permit in the Pinellas County Access Portal.

Tips for a Successful Virtual Inspection:

  • Activate your mobile device’s GPS Location Services in Settings before the inspection begins. You must accept the prompts requesting permission to use the camera and access to your location.
  • Ensure good connectivity when uploading your inspection report.
  • Ensure proper lighting during your inspection.

Training Sessions

Virtual training sessions are coming soon! Be sure to update your contact information through the Pinellas County Access Portal to receive the latest in permitting and site plan news in your inbox.

Online Resources

This page is updated regularly with new features, training support and additional resources.