The complexity of construction projects can significantly affect the health and safety of workers and occupants. As such, property owners and contractors must get approvals and certifications at different stages of construction. Some approvals can only be issued once a building certifier has inspected and verified the project. That said, building certifiers and property owners must work together for successful building approvals. However, it is only guaranteed if both parties follow specific provisions. Read on to find out more.
1. Notification of Engagement
Property owners are, in most cases, busy people. Thus, it is less likely that they will always be on-site when an inspector shows up. You're busy, your building inspector can just communicate and work with your contractor. While there is nothing wrong with it, a builder must provide your details to a certifier for correspondence. These notifications are crucial because it allows an inspector to send the approval or disapproval to the right party. If a building inspector does not certify a building but relays the information to other parties other than the owner, they will be liable if an accident occurs post-inspection.
2. Nominating Timeframe for Inspections
Building certifiers are supposed to inspect different phases of a construction project before issuing an approval. For instance, a certifier must inspect the foundation before allowing a contractor to pour concrete. Therefore, a contractor and a property owner must select and agree to the inspection date. However, the negotiation should be conducted within ten days. If an agreement is not reached within this period, a building certifier must nominate a date and inform the property owner of their decision. The faster a contractor and certifier agree on an inspection date, the sooner an approval is issued.
3. Request for Inspection Documents
Building inspectors can refuse to approve a building if it does not meet the standards. However, a property owner has the right to request inspection documents of previous construction stages for perusal. That said, a request for inspection documents should be made before an inspector assesses and certifies the final phase of a project. While a building certifier is obliged to supply a property owner with inspection documents, they can only do so if they inspected the stage under consideration. Additionally, the request can only be fulfilled if a certifier already issued a certificate of approval. The refusal to grant a property owner's request only drags a building approval process.