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Special Inspections for California Buildings

Contributor: Swinerton Blogger   |   February 21, 2017
Special Inspections for California Buildings

Special Inspections are performed by Special Inspectors of registered Special Inspection Agencies.

According to the California Building Codes (CBC) & International Code Council (ICC) Special Inspections are necessary during the construction process to verify that work is being performed in accordance with approved plans and specifications. In addition, Special Inspections must be conducted by Special Inspectors on behalf of registered Special Inspection Agencies.

So how does one become a Special Inspector?

First, the decision of what type of special inspector is desired needs to be made. For example, there are special inspectors who have become certified to inspect masonry, reinforced concrete, structural steel and bolting, spray-applied fire proofing, pre-stressed concrete and soils. The major requirement for becoming a fully certified inspector will always include the passing of a written exam to test for technical expertise. Additional qualifications such as a college degree and/or relevant work experience may be required as well. For these reasons, many organizations, including the ICC, will offer training courses to prep hard-working individuals for the special inspections exams.

An important note to remember: Owners or the registered design professional in charge /responsible acting as the owner’s agent shall employ one or more approved agencies to perform inspections during construction on the types of work listed under section 1704 of the (IBC) International Building Code. The inspection agency CANNOT be hired by the contractor.