By Michael in Garden Grove, CA on 1/27/2009
We ran into the same situation in our county except they don't even require the electrical inspection.
There are several books available that address performance standards and code compliance. One that I have is,"Residential & Light Commercial Construction Standards", available from RS Means.
Builderbooks.com also has several books on all of the trades. I purchased "Home Builder Contracts & Construction Management Forms "; this book contains a number of forms that would not apply to the owner-builder, however, it also contains a comprehensive roster of specifications and inspection checklists for home construction. All of which are included on a CD that comes with the book, so you may modify them to your specific project. This book also contains contracts, checklists, trade contractor information forms, lien waivers, change orders, purchase orders, and bid sheets.
I plan to modify many of these to my situation and include them in my bid request package. Subcontractors will know up front what is expected of them and that payment is contingent on compliance with specifications as measured by the inspection checklists.
Additionally, I would add that your greatest asset is going to be educating yourself on all aspects of your build. I would advise you to arm yourself well with at least a good library of best practices for the different trades and the code book of the governing body for your region.
You are also going to need to be available on the job site at least four hrs. every day that there are subs onsite, preferably the same time slot daily.