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Miami Dade Inspection Guidelines

Inspection

Miami Dade Inspection Guidelines

Miami Dade Inspection Guidelines

We believe that this information about Miami Dade Inspection Guidelines is important for you! As an inspector there are certain rules you need to follow in order to finish the procedures with a 5 start review. Here in our blog we made it easier for you to find this requirements.

INSPECTION GUIDELINES

GENERAL PROCEDURES

All Inspectors shall read and become familiar with these procedures from Miami Dade Inspection Guidelines. All inspections carried over from the previous working day shall be given priority and must performed first. Also, when a jobsite is not accessible always leave a tag and record in the comments line “Left tag at………”

First of all, before using disposition code 035 “Unable to locate” use Property Appraiser’s web site and/or call your supervisor. If permit holder cannot be reached place the hold code 067. On the other hand, all inspection cancellations must be documented on the comment line with name and telephone number of someone that requested it and the time of request. And do not use Field Check Disposition 010 without obtaining approval from supervisor.

Work shall be inspected for compliance with all approved permit plans and FBC following the Miami Dade Inspection Guidelines. Additionally the permit holder (contractor or owner builder) is responsible for the job and shall inspect the work and ascertain it meets code requirements before calling for inspection.

Temporary buildings and sheds used exclusively for construction purposes are exempt of a building allowance (Zoning Improvement Consent required). Mobile homes used as temporary offices are required to comply with the requirements of F.S. Chapter 553, Part V relating to accessibility by individuals with disabilities. Last but not least you need to verify that you are recording the inspection result on the correct permit card.

Important information

All documents that you receive in the field from the permit holder shall contain the permit number on every page, the date, the inspector name and signature. You must be thorough conducting the inspection and recording the results and listing all deficiencies. Besides, when too many deficiencies are found, indicate on permit card “others”. In this order, this will alert the inspector performing the re-inspection later on to perform a thorough scan and not only a follow up of the items listed.

While performing a partial inspection clearly write on the comment line the portion of work you are approving. Highlight the location of approved area on permit plans initial, date and cross reference drawing number on comment line. And for large projects use a log. The inspector has to write comments on permit card as well and review completely previously refused partial inspections in order to approve or denied as required. If by any chance is reject, include in your comments the corrections that are needed for approval.

Do not enter disposition 001 (approved) when previous checkup types are pending consent (previous inspection type was revoke or limited approval was granted). Use disposition 043 (partial endorsement) when warranted and be explicit in your comments regarding the reason for the sectional permission. When using disposition 077 (partial approval, complex structure) be explicit in your comments regarding the reason for its use.

Close partial checkup in a timely manner. In case of any doubt, check with your supervisor if you are following the Miami Dade Inspection Guidelines. Is important to always write on the permit card the date of the supervision; print your name and sign.

As a courtesy to Owners and Contractors alert them of code changes.

FIRST INSPECTION FOLLOWING MIAMI DADE INSPECTION GUIDELINES

  • Edification number or address as shown on the permit card posted and visible from the street.
  • Sanitary facilities (portable.)
  • Notice of Commencement.
  • Mandatory after 7 days (except when cost of construction is less than $2500.00) from permit issuance. Write on the permit card and the comment line that you have confirmed this requirement for the benefit of the next inspector.

 

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FOUNDATION/ MONOLITHIC SLAB 004

Building permits 001 and 002

If this is the first inspection, also refer to the First surveillance checklist from Miami Dade Inspection Guidelines.
Reminder: a permit is required for soil improvement in the absence of a building permit for a proposed building or structure that includes the soil improvement recommendations.
  • Building permit and approved set of plans.
  • Certificate of termite treatment collected. A “Partial Treatment Certification” means that the horizontal barrier has been applied. FBC 105.10, 1816, R318.
  • Plumbing rough inspection approved (monolithic slab.)
  • Compile compaction certificate. FBC 1803.5.8.
  • Foundation size and reinforcement as per permit plans.
  • If this is not the first inspection, read surveillance records and notes on permit card.
  • Slab thickness per plans, minimum 3 ½ ”. FBC 1907.1.
  • Top of footing, 12” minimum depth below grade, for cont. & isolated footings per plans. FBC 1809.4
  • Reinforcing steel size quantity and splices as per plans. FBC 1901.5
  • Construction permit on the card is the same as on the route.
  • Grade stakes for foundation depth not further apart than 8’-0” on cont. footings (standard practice).
  • Reinforcement protection (cover) ACI 318 Table 20.6.1.3.1
  • 3” clear from side and bottom of trench with no forms cast against & permanently in contact
    with ground.
  • 1.5” from the form (#5 bar or smaller) or 2”clear from the form for larger bars for exposed to
    weather or in contact w/ground.
  • 3/4″ for slabs joists and walls, #11 bars or smaller, not exposed to weather or ground.
  • 1 ½” to stirrups and ties for beams, columns, pedestals, not unprotected to climate or sod.
Other rules to take into consideration:
  • Clean trenches, free of debris, rocks, deleterious material.
  • ¾” recessed edges supporting exterior masonry walls or alternate water stop method.
  • Vapor barrier when required by plans lapped 6”. FBC 1907.1
  • Slab reinforced with 6”x 6” welded wire mesh (bright) lapped 6” min. FBC 1907.2
  • Required dowels for tie downs and columns.
  • PVC pipe shall not share masonry cell with reinforcing.
  • Tie down dowels at both sides of masonry openings 3’-0” or wider. FBC 2121.2.2.2.
  • Columns and tie column dowels as per plans, but not less than four #5 lapped 30 bar diameters.
  • Reinforced/tie down masonry dowels splice not less than 40 bar diameters. FBC 2107.2.1.
  • FBC 2121, FBC 2121.2.2.4.
  • Starter columns in additions. FBC 2121.2.10.
  • 2” clearance for pipe passing under footing.
  • Pipe through cast in place concrete sleeved w/ ½” annular space around the pipe or designed by
    P.E. or R.A.
  • Type, size, spacing and location of conduits / pipes embedded in concrete shall be as per approved drawings, ACI318 sect. 26.8.

 

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SLAB 006

Building permits 001 and 002

Permit holder may use this code to request inspection for slabs supported on fill or grade and for structural slabs.

In case this is the first checkup, also refer to First Inspection checklist from Miami Dade Inspection Guidelines.
Reminder: a permit is required for soil improvement. In the absence of a building permit for a proposed building or structure that includes the soil improvement recommendations, a soil improvement permit is required. Refer to memorandum dated March 8,1999.
  • Approved building permit and approved set of plans.
  • If this is not the first checkup, read inspection records, notes on allowance card.
  • Plumbing rough supervise approved (when applicable.)
  • Building permit on the card is the same as on the route.
  • Type, size, spacing and location of conduits / pipes embedded in concrete shall be as per approved drawings, ACI318 sect. 26.8.

For slab supported on grade or compacted fill only

  • Authenticate of termite collected. A “Partial Treatment Certification” means that the horizontal barrier has been applied. FBC 105.10, 1816.
  • Slab thickness per plans, minimum 3 ½ ”. FBC 1907.1.
  • Have on hand compaction certificate. FBC 1803.5.8.
  • Check grade stakes, chalk lines on walls, 1/2” x 4” asphalt expansion joints (per plans, otherwise recommend.)
  • Vapor barrier when required by plans lapped 6”. FBC 1907.1.
  • Slab reinforced with 6”x 6” welded wire mesh (bright) lapped 6” min. at middle to upper 1/3 of slab.

Structural slab on grade (over grade beams or piles) and elevated (upper floors)

  • Tie down continuity from below & new dowels for columns and masonry walls above.
  • Slab thickness, reinforcing steel size and spacing per plans.
  • Column dowel splice as per plans.
  • Tie downs/ reinforced masonry dowels splice 40 bar diameter. FBC 2107.2.1

TIE BEAM/REINFORCING 005

 Building permits 001 and 002

  • On the occasion that this is the first supervision, also refer to First Inspection checklist.
  • Have the building permit and approved set of plans.
  • Approved truss shop drawings when tie beams, beams and columns carry trusses being inspected. Write ”shop drawings at site” on comment line.
  • Building permit on the card is the same as on the route.
  • If this is not the first inspection, read surveillance records, notes on permit card.
  • Truss layout on shop drawing is the same as permit plans. FBC 2319.17.2.1.1. Conduct inspection if disparities are minimal
    If approved with minimum discrepancies (disposition 043), add comment
“Revise plans for next inspection, shop dwgs. & permit plans must match”
If disapproved: “Revise plans, shop dwgs and permit plans must match”.
  • Column size and reinforcement per plans. Pillar magnitude, quantity, splices, and protection (cover) per permit plans.
  • Tie Colum as well as Tie Down proportion, location and reinforcement per plans, but minimum as per. FBC 2121.2.2.
  • Reinforced masonry bar size spacing and splice per plans. No rebar shall share a cell with stack pipes.
  • Forms and cells free of debris.
  • Tie Beams size columns per plans, but minimum as per. FBC 2121.2.3
  • Horizontal masonry reinforcement as per plans. Request holes if necessary. FBC 2121.1.6 & 2122.2.3.
  • Correct bearing of lintels; check details on permit plans.
  • Beam size, reinforcement, splices, strengthened protection (cover) as per permit plans.

Review the following with permit holder:

  • Follow HIB-91 for truss storage, erection, setting, securing, and bracing.
  • Wood members shall not be in direct contact with masonry or concrete except when naturally durable or preservative treated wood is used. FBC 2304.12, 2318.1.4.1.
  • Special inspector required for reinforced masonry. MDCC Ch. 8. FBC 2122.2.4.

 

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ROOF/FLOOR TRUSS BRACING AND SHEATHING 072

Building permits 001 and 002

Whenever this is the first inspection, also refer to First Inspection checklist.

  • Approved both building permit and set of plans.
  • OSHA approved ladder.
  • Assuming this is not the first inspection, read supervision records, notes on permit card.
  • Equal construction permit on the card as on the route.
  • Check fully filled cells (reinforced masonry and tie downs.)

Trusses

  • Identify trusses as well as girders in the support shop drawings. Identify and highlight gravity and wind load reactions along with bracing requirements on cut sheets.
  • Hangers, hurricane clips and straps with Product Approval.
  • Special truss-to-truss hangers engineered by reinforcement manufacturer with bolt sizes, spacing, edge distances, etc.
  • Appropriate wood to masonry/concrete connection by professional of record with bolt sizes, spacing, edge distances, etc. FBC 2321.5.2.
  • Check typical strap, any special designed strap, connections truss to girder, girder-to-girder, jacks to girders, etc. FBC 2321.
  • Trusses grade mark 2319.17.2.2.and 2319.17.2.3. If truss span is 20’ or less, 50% of top and bottom loop affiliates together shall be grade-marked.
  • If truss span is more than 20’, 75% of top and bottom chord members together shall be grade marked, and one marked web member per truss. FBC 2319.17.2.2.4.
  • Manufactures stamp on each truss, at least 75% visible after erection. FBC 2319.17.2.3.2.
  • Flat and floor trusses marked to show which side is to be placed up. FBC 2319.17.2.1.1(7.)
  • Multiple member girders predrilled at plant to connect members with bolts. Holes for hanger bolts shall be drilled on site. FBC 2319.17.2.3.3.
  • Prop bracing as per cut sheets and permitted plans. FBC 2319.17.2.1.8.
Some other things to check are:
  • Where a ceiling is attached directly to bottom chord or trusses, additional bracing members required for bottom chord. FBC 2319.17.1.2.
  • Bottom chord bracing required at dropped ceiling location.
  • The trusses spaced at 24” c/c max unless additional perpendicular framing members at 24” c/c are
    provided. (Limited by the plywood maximum span.)
  • Installation tolerances (out of plumb or place, straps more than ½” away from trusses, etc.).
  • Wood wedges at valley support for proper contact.
  • Repaired, cut or altered trusses only as designed by P.E., approved by designer of record and authorized by plan review section. FBC 2319.17.2.1.2.
  • Special Inspector letter collected for erection of trusses with bottom chord longer that 35’ or more than 6’ overall height.

Sheathing

Floor sheathing

  • Plywood sub-flooring cont. over 2 or more spans. Face grain perpendicular to supports. Thickness and nailing as per permit documents but not less than required by FBC 2322.1.6.
  • Fire rated assemblies as required per plans.

Roof sheathing FBC 2322.2

  • Exposure I, 19/32” continuous over two or more spans with face grain perpendicular to the supports. APA stamp on interior face.
  • Hardwood panels staggered with 1/8” clearance between panels.
  • Nailing as per permit plans but not less than 8d ring shank nails at 6” c/c at panel edges and intermediate supports. FBC 2322.2.5.
  • No over penetration of nails, no more than the thickness of the nail head.
  • From below check for shiners and that all valley sets are fully sheathed.
  • Non-combustible or fire-retardant sheathing in townhouses when fire rated wall between units stops at roof deck underside.

Review the following with permit holder

  • No stucco shall be applied before the framing inspection 007.
  • On wood framing construction, no exterior siding shall be applied before framing inspection 007.

FRAMING/FIRESTOPPING/WINDOWS 007

Building permits 001 and 002

On the occasion that this is the first inspection, also refer to First Inspection checklist. Window checkup is performed at framing for subsidiary permit only. Window checkup result shall be recorded under the window permit number/card.

  • The permit construction and approved set of plans.
  • Same building allowance on the card as on the route.
  • Not first inspections, read surveillance records, notes on concession card.
  • OSHA approved ladder.
  • Partial trade approvals (only on large commercial jobs.)
  • Safeguard at abrupt differences in level (30” or more). FBC 1015, R312.
  • Space between pickets must prevent passing of 4 3/8” dia object. FBC 1015, R312.
  • 20” x 30 “ min. attic access with 30” headroom. FBC 1209.2, R807.1.
  • Garage door attachment as per Product Approval. FBC 2410.4. Minimum ceiling height 7’ single-family residences, 7’6” other occupancies. FBC 1003.2, R305.1
  • Firestops installation & spacing as per plans.
  • Draftstoping as per plans.
Handrails
  • The height of the handrail is 34” to 38”. FBC 1014, R311.7.8.
  • Graspability of the handrail graspability. FBC 1014, R311.7.8.
  • Check stair width, treads, risers and headroom as per plan. FBC 1011, R311.7.
  • Handrails on both sides of stairs and ramps. FBC 1011.11, 1012.8, except in single family residences handrail on one side R311.7.8.
  • Treads and risers as per plans. FBC 1011.5, R311.7.3.
  • Balusters required in single family residence: 4 or more risers, R311.7.8, ramps w/ 1:12 or more slope R311.8.3.
  • Handrail and guardrail (safeguard) per approved permit plans. Permitted shop drawings shall match permit plans, otherwise revised plans required.

Wood framing

  • Size and spacing of studs in bearing and exterior walls as per permit plans but not less than 2×6 for exterior walls & 2×4 for interior walls unless designed by PE or RA. FBC 2318.1.1.
  • Spacing of studs in bearing and exterior walls not more than 16” c/c unless as designed by PE or RA. FBC 2318.1.2.
  • Sills and base plates attached to concrete w/ ½” diameter. Bolts with oversized washers spaced at 2 feet maximum, embedded 7”min unless as designed by PE or RA. FBC 2318.1.4.
  • Double plate atop of stud bearing walls, lapped at each intersection of walls and partitions. FBC 2318.1.5.1.
  • Joints lapped minimum 4 feet. FBC 2318.1.5.2.
  • Framed walls and partition corners framed solid by no less than three studs. FBC 2318.1.6.
  • Stud other than end-jointed lumber spliced only at points where lateral support is provided. FBC 2318.1.7.
  • No notching allowed in studs that carry loads in excess of 75% of their capacity. FBC 2318.1.9.1.
  • Metal tie no less than 1” by 1/8” on each side of plates cut to allow for vertical pipe installation. Metal tie nailed with no less than 2-16d or 3-8d nails at each end. FBC 2318.1.10.3.
  • Notches to studs that carry loads 75% or less of their capacity not larger than one-third of the depth of the stud. FBC 2318.1.9.2.

Headers, columns, and floors

  • Linter or header over stud walls opening with 2” minimum nominal bearing. FBC 2318.1.11.2
  • Beam joining masonry/concrete walls, bolted with ½” diameter bolts with oversized washer at 4 feet max and embedded minimum 5” or as designed by R.A. or P.E. FBC 2318.1.12
  • Studs supporting wall hung plumbing fixtures min 2×4 at 16” c/c max or 2×6 at 24” c/c max.
  • Headers on bearing walls as per permit plans. FBC 2318.1.11.1.
  • Continuity of anchorage foundation to roof FBC 2321.1
  • Columns and post splices only designed by R.A. or P.E. FBC 2318.3.3. Pillars and after size connections and location per permit plans
  • Joists/ rafters’ size, spacing and connections per plans. Min. 3” bearing. FBC 2319
  • Rafter bear and joists on Product Control Approved saddle and fastened to masonry by a steel strap anchor embedded into a grout filled cell or concrete. FBC 2319.3.2.2
  • Floor joist butting into a header beam toenailed and with approved metal hanger providing min. 3” bearing to transmit the vertical load to the top of the header. Other approved means may be used
    (Product Approval or as designed by R.A. or P.E). FBC 2319.3.3
  • Stairs per permit plans and/or or authorized shop drawings. Shop drawings approved by the design professional match the permit drawings. Otherwise permit plans must be submitted for revision and approval.

Light gauge metal studs

  • Size, gauge and spacing as per plans following Miami Dade Inspection Guidelines.

Windows and glass doors

  • On the window permit number the glass doors and windows inspection must be recorded .
  • Product approval for windows, glass doors and mullions. FBC 2410.4.
  • Use magnet for additional reinforcement of vertical members (e.g., sliding glass doors deeper than 6”.)
  • Check Product Approval number against the number on the permit plans.
  • Emergency escape and rescue opening in sleeping room for new construction minimum dimensions: H=24”, W=20”, A=5 S.F. on grade level, A=5.7 S.F. above grade level, sill height = 44” FBC 1030 R310.
  • Replacement of windows in existing buildings, emergency escape and rescue opening requirements by date of construction.

 

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LATHING/DRYWALL 073

Building permits 001 and 002

If it happen to be this one the first supervision, also refer to First Inspection checklist.

  • Approved set of plans and building permit.
  • In case this is not the first inspection, read surveillance records, notes on permit card.
  • Have the same route and building permit on on the card.
  • Water resistive barrier. FBC 2510.6
  • Metal and wire lath attachments and laps as per referenced ASTM Standards reference in FBC Ch.25.
  • Cement wallboard minimum ½ “. FBC 2508.1 Standard GA216.
  • ½” and 5/8” gypsum wallboard supported at 24” c/c maximum. FBC 2508.1 Standard GA216.
  • Rating of gypsum wallboards used in fire rated assemblies. FBC 2508.1 Standard GA216.
  • Hot dipped galv. steel studs & runners in fire resistant walls/partitions. FBC 2508.1 Standard GA216.
  • Gypsum wallboard attached to metal members with self-drilling, self-tapping sheath metal screw. FBC 2508.1 Standard GA216.
  • Nails/screws attaching gypsum wallboard driven below the surface and spotted with finishing joint compound. FBC 2508.1 Standard GA216.
  • Wallboard gypsum screw spaced at 12” in metal studs & runners. FBC 2508.1 Standard GA216.
  • The garages beneath habitable rooms separated not less than 5/8” type X gypsum board R302.6.
  • Wood framing supporting gypsum board min. 2” nominal thickness in the least dimension except for wood furring strips not less than 1” x 2”. FBC 2508.1 Standard GA216.
  • Garages separate from residence as per plans and in accordance with R302.6.
  • The gypsum wallboard screw length in metal studs 7/8” in ½” board & 1” in 5/8” board. FBC 2508.1 Standard GA216.
  • Ducts in or though garages limited by R302.5.2.

CHECK INSPECTOR LOG 043
The Threshold Inspector is responsible to inspect all structural elements and the envelope of a building following Miami Dade Inspection Guidelines.

  • Inspections will appear once a month.
  • Before leaving in the morning, check for completion holds, permit requirements and any previous inspections.
  • Recheck approved plans and applicable shop drawings on site.
  • Make sure threshold building affidavit and threshold plan onsite are approved.
  • Information on inspection route matches permit card.
  • Notate threshold inspector contact information in inspection comments.
  • Verify issuance of any subsidiary permits before work commences.
  • Audit for safety issues. i.e., guardrails on open stairs, balconies, etc.
  • Information on inspection route matches permit card.

Another important list for the check inspector to follow :

  • Check all work to date has been authorized according to the approved plans and Code without substantial deviation if such deviation is encountered, the plans shall have been revised and allowed before implementing the changes, the threshold inspector responds to the building official and has the same responsibilities as the building inspector employed by the County.
  • All threshold inspections must be timely logged on the threshold inspection log by the threshold
    inspector.
  • Perform the inspection of the work in progress the day of your visit; the purpose of your supervision is
    to ensure the threshold inspector fulfillment of his duties.
  • Note on the log the date, time, and result of your inspection as well as any comment or advice given
    to the contractor e.g., “Need to have County approved shop drawings before installation”. Be explicit,
    remember follow-up and document.
  • In cases where the job progress is the same as the previous inspection, a result 051, “no progress”
    must be entered, if this result is entered twice, notify your supervisor.
  • Meet with special (threshold) inspector, review permit holds, and building department procedures,
    document in log.

TCO 030

Building permits 001 and 002

  • Set of plans and building permit and approved.
  • Certificate of termite treatment..
  • The building envelope must be complete.
  • All interior work must be complete except for minor issues not involving life safety, means of egress,
    accessibility, and sanitary facilities.
  • Special inspector certificate, when required.
  • Equivalent construction permit on the card as on the route.
  • Threshold inspector certificate, when required
  • For partial TCO identify the portions of the building approved under TCO. All the above applies for
    the part of the building being approved for TCO.

FINAL 001

Building permits 001 and 002

  • Building permit and approved set of plans.
  • Trade final inspections approved.
  • The construction per plans are verified.
  • Verify garage door against Product Approval. Verify warning sign.
  • Storm panels stored.
  • Mandatory building inspections approved.
  • Permit construction on the card as on the route is the same.
  • Door leading from garage to single family home R302.5.1.
  • Stairs and railings per plans.
  • Emergency escape and rescue opening in sleeping room for new construction minimum dimensions:
    H=24”, W=20”, A=5 S.F. on grade level A=5.7 S.F. above grade level, sill height = 44”
    FBC 1030, R310.
  • Safety glass type and location as per plans.
  • Door hardware.
  • Exterior caulking of windows and doors.

Handicap accessibility

  • Single-family residences, bathroom door.

Other occupancies

Review all accessible requirements as shown on plans of Miami Dade Inspection Guidelines, including but not limited to:

  • Accessible parking space access FBC A502.3.
  • Route accessible. FBC A402.
  • Door and gate opening forces. FBC A404.2.9.
  • Curb ramps. FBC A406.
  • The parking signage accessible FBC A502.6.
  • Ramps as part of accessible route as per plans. FBC A405.
  • Accessible stairs as per plans. FBC A504.
  • Maneuverability at all doorways. FBC A404.2.4.
  • Parking spaces accessible FBC A502.2.
  • Signage for rooms and spaces. FBC A703.
  • Water closets and toilet compartments FBC A604.
  • Restroom mirrors / dispensers. FBC A603.3 & 604.7.
  • Drinking fountain height. FBC A602.
  • Grab bars in water closets FBC A604.5, 609.
  • Elevator operation and controls. FBC A407.
  • Public telephone. FBC A704

Pick up the following documents:

  • Certificate of termite treatment.
  • Threshold inspector authentication, when required.
  • Special inspector certification, when required.
  • Energy, Sound, and Impact Certificate.
  • As built certificate for permits under the Code relief ordinance (amnesty.)

 

*DISCLAIMER* This information is from Miami Dade County. Our purpose is to inform and share it. You can look the Miami Dade Inspection Guidelines original PDF attached below.

Miami_Dade_Inspection_Guidelines

 

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