Miami-Dade County, among various other municipals in Florida, has implemented the 40 year recertification ordinance as part of the Miami-Dade County Code. The current version of the code has been active since 2001, with continuous enforcement by the cities’ law officials. It applies to all incorporated and unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County. Business, residences and institutions are all subject to recertification. However, single-family homes, duplexes and minor structures are not required to undergo the 40 year recertification process.
Upon notification of a recertification requirement from Miami-Dade County, the property owner has 90 days to have the entire inspection completed and turn in the required forms. The process begins when the property owner contacts a professional engineer or architect that will complete the inspection process and fill out a recertification report. Both the structural and electrical portions of the buildings must be carefully inspected and certified for safety. If modifications are deemed necessary by the inspectors, the property owner has 150 days from reception of the recertification notice to complete the required changes.
Property owners are required to complete recertification processes every 10 years following the original 40 year recertification. These thorough inspections are essential for continued use of the property. Avoiding future liabilities and costly reparations are direct results of proper inspections and completion of the 40 year recertification.