Working with an inspector on your jobsite can have a huge advantage over just having an inspector on your jobsite. Making the inspector feel valued and respected rather than unwelcome is a great step in the right direction. Ultimately, the inspector would rather pass your site than write a report explaining what’s wrong with it, meaning you’re on the same team.
Focus on Code
To align yourself with the building inspector, it’s crucial to be on the same page when it comes to code. While you probably have the most recent Florida Building Code manual or online access, it’s less likely that you’ve studied it at length. Most codes contractors are familiar with come from failed inspections.
You can get familiar with codes by learning at seminars from organizations like Building Officials of Florida or take online classes like those offered through the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Understanding this code not only allows you to speak the same language as the inspector it also helps you to understand your own capabilities to modify a job.
Understanding all of your options such as modifications or alternative materials can help you make smart decisions for your jobsite. When you make these kinds of choices, it’s vital to have code to back your construction up. For example, the International Residential Code has a modifications provision in Section R104.10.
Smart by Association
Joining a trade association can help you with training, networking, and knowledge. Inspectors often speak at the events held by trade associations. This provides a low-stress setting for you to ask questions and talk with an inspector. Being in this kind of association can also give you additional insight on code changes and industry updates.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.