Building inspectors play an important part with completed construction projects. After a job is completed, an inspection is scheduled and they go to the property to ensure that the project was completed in compliance with building ordinances. This blog will provide a few facts about inspectors.
Building inspectors are employed by a city, township, or county. Each city has building inspector(s). They usually are certified in one or more areas that qualify them to make a professional judgment about whether the completed project meets all necessary building code requirements.
Building inspectors are notified when a permit is pulled for a project. For example, Snap Construction pulls a permit at the start of roofing, siding, or window projects. Once the project is completed, the contractor contacts the inspector to schedule a final inspection.
It does not cost anything to hire a building inspector. The funds to pay them come through the permits.
Building inspectors are known to be meticulous. The reason for this is if a project passes inspection but a safety issue occurs later, the building inspector along with whom they represent could be held responsible.
The inspector will typically only visit the job site once after the project has been completed. If it is a new build construction project, they may be out throughout the build. An inspector will usually not visit a roof tear-off and re-roof until after it is complete.
Inspectors usually can visit the property alone. A window project, for example, would require coordination with the homeowner so that the inspector could access the home. Many jobs require pictures to be on site to show that necessary steps were taken during installation (like ice and water).
Jobs are graded on a pass/fail basis.
If the project passed inspection, the inspector will sign off on the building permit. The contractor needs to call the city or inspector to find out if the work passed.
For more questions on city inspectors, contact your city building inspections department or your local contractor. If you are working with a local contractor like Snap Construction, the contractor should always be the one that pulls permits. Bloomington roofing contractor Snap Construction can ensure that your next Bloomington roofing, siding, insulation, windows, or deck project is done right from begin to end (permits included!)