Pre-inspection Requirements

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Types of Pre-Inspections

Foundation Inspection: to be made after necessary excavations have been made, forms erected, and reinforcing steel placed. Compaction report will be required anytime fill material exceeds 12". All fill must be clean and free of organic material.

Pile Inspection: to be made during the driving of the piles and after all piles are driven and forms and reinforcing steel are in place and tied, and before placing any concrete.

Reinforcing Inspection: to be made after any reinforcing steel is in place and before placing concrete.

Roof Truss, Bracing, and Sheathing Inspection: to be made after placement of panels or planking and prior to application of base or anchor coat of roofing.  Exception: Sheathing, not to exceed 200 sq. ft. and replaced in the course of re-roofing, does not need to be inspected as part of the mandatory inspection.

Tie Beam/Lintel Inspection: to be made prior to placement of any concrete, all forms in place, all steel in place, properly tied, and supported.

Framing/Firestopping Inspection: to be made at each floor level and after all framing, fire blocking, firestopping, furring, and bracing are in place, and plumbing, mechanical, and electrical work are roughed in. This inspection will also include tie down and uplift connectors properly installed and in place.

Roofing Inspection: to be made in accordance with Chapter 15 FBC. Roof dry-in inspection required prior to application of final roof product. Roof final inspection will be required upon completion of roof.

Curtain Wall Inspection: to be made at each floor level after curtain walls are installed and before curtain wall attachments are concealed.

Store Front Inspection: to be made after store fronts are installed and before store front attachments are concealed.

Window and Glass Door Inspection: to be made after windows and glass doors are installed and before attachments and connections to the building frame are concealed. Exception: this inspection shall not be required for one and two story buildings.

Lathing, Firewall, Drywall Inspection: to be made of all fire rated walls, partitions, and ceilings after lathing and/or drywall are in place, but before any plastering, where plastering is a requirement for fire protection, or where suspended overhead and before covering of screws, where drywall is required for fire protection.

Plumbing Inspection: to be made of the ground work and at each floor. All plumbing work shall be left uncovered and convenient for examination until inspected and approved. Floors shall be left up in all bathrooms and elsewhere above all sanitary plumbing, water-supply piping, and other plumbing work until it shall have been examined, tested, and approved.

Electrical Inspection: to be made at each floor level; and no conduit boxes, panels or other electrical appurtenances shall be covered or concealed until approval shall have been received from the Building Official.

Mechanical Inspection: to be made of all mechanical installation at each floor. Mechanical work shall be left uncovered until inspected and approved.

Gas Inspection: to be made at each floor level, piping in place and tested at 20 P.S.I. for 24 hours or to pipe manufacturer’s specifications, venting in place with 1" (one inch) minimum to any combustibles, piping or venting shall not be covered until it has been examined, tested, and approved.

Above Ceiling Inspection: to be made at each floor level, all trades above ceiling line ( including Fire Protection) in place, grid ceiling in place, no tiles in place (with the exception of tiles with trade fixtures installed), ceiling tile shall not be installed until above ceiling area has been inspected, tested, and approved.

Insulation Inspection: to be made at each floor level, building envelope will be inspected and approved for installation of insulating material prior to application of any wall/ceiling lathing or dry wall. Insulation material, required to obtain a U/L design rating, will be inspected and approved prior to cover up.

Fire Protection System Inspections: to be made at each floor level. All Fire Protection Systems shall remain uncovered and convenient for examination until inspected and approved. Fire Protection System shall include but not be limited to Fire Sprinkler Systems, Fire Alarm Systems, Fire Extinguisher Systems, Fire Pumps, Standpipe Systems, and placement of fire hydrants.

Swimming Pool Inspections: to be made prior to pouring any concrete or covering any in ground supports. All electrical ground and service connections shall be left open for inspection and approval. Placement of reinforcing steel shall be properly placed and tied in position, final inspection will include 4' (four foot) fence or screen enclosure with self-closing/latching doors or gates. Proper yard drainage and resodding will be required. Broken sidewalks required to be replaced prior to final inspection.

Mobile Home/Construction Trailer Inspection: to be made prior to occupancy of any mobile home/construction trailer. All trades complete and left accessible for inspection and approval. Substantial landing and stairs to ground level to be in place. Proper unit identification posted on structure. Unit will also have to be properly tied down and supported.

Site Concrete Inspection: to be made prior to placement of any concrete for driveway or sidewalk. Driveway apron concrete to be minimum 6" (six inches) deep from back of curb to property line. No welded wire fabric to be placed in right of way. No water meters or sewer clean outs placed in pour area.  If sidewalk encroaches on private property (residential), a sidewalk easement shall be obtained from City of Melbourne Engineering Department. All commercial driveways and sidewalks will be inspected by city of Melbourne Engineering Department.

Landscaping/Irrigation Inspections: to be inspected and approved prior to issuing certificate of occupancy.

Special or Other Inspection: to be made of all signs, awnings, fences, and other appurtenances as required, or as the Building Official may reasonably request.

Final Inspection: to be made, for each trade, after the work is completed and the structure ready for use or occupancy.

No work shall be done on any part of a building or structure or any plumbing, electrical or mechanical installation beyond the point indicated herein above for each successive inspection until such inspection has been made, the work has been approved, and the inspector has so indicated on the approved plans or permit card at the job site.

No reinforcing steel or structure framework of any part of any building or structure shall be covered or concealed in any manner whatsoever without the approval of the Building Official.

Stop Work Orders

A STOP WORK ORDER will only be issued by the Building Official or, in his absence, the Deputy Building Official. The Field Inspector will post the Stop Work Order at the job site. It will be the responsibility of the Field Inspector to monitor the job site to assure the order is being followed.

Red Tags

A RED TAG is issued for the purpose of "disapproval" of any requested inspection. A red tag may be issued by any Field Inspector for cause. When a red tag is left on a job site, the tag will be filled out in its entirety and left attached to the permit. The Inspector shall include an explanation of the violation on the back of the tag. The Inspector, upon return to the office, shall log the permit number, date, contractor, and reason for red tag on the recall log. Before reinspection of the construction for which the tag was issued, the contractor shall be required to pay a reinspection fee.

Ref.: City of Melbourne Code, Building and Building Regulation

Special Inspector For Threshold Buildings

"Threshold Building" means any building which is greater than three stories or 50 feet in height, or which has an assembly occupancy classification that exceeds 5,000 square feet in area and an occupant content of greater than 500 persons.

The Special Inspector shall meet the requirements set forth in Florida State Statutes, Chapter 553. This Special Inspector is responsible for structural inspections.

The Special Inspector is hired by the owner but shall be approved by and responsible to the local enforcement agency. All Threshold Inspectors are required to submit a resume of past inspection experience on previous projects. The resume must accompany his Florida State certification with an assigned threshold number. The Building Official or his appointed designee will review the resume.

Approved Inspectors shall inspect the project assigned for any construction which is permitted on the approved plans and specifications until the time when a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued and the site released by the Building Official or his designee.

The Special Inspector does not relieve the contractor from the duty to call out City Inspectors for all required inspections.

Any request to change the Special Inspector shall only occur upon approval of the Building Official or his designee.