July 16, 2004
Charlotte, NC - On August 1, Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement will introduce a new process to manage "special inspections." These are building inspections performed on commercial construction projects by OUTSIDE professional inspectors; that is, inspectors not employed by the County.
Developers, contractors, and architects are invited to a lunchtime information session. Bring your lunch and hear more about the new process to streamline special inspections.
- Thursday, July 22, 2004
- Hal Marshall County Services Center, Auditorium
- 700 North Tryon Street
Special inspections are necessary for various stages of a construction project, such as deep foundations, retaining walls, structural steel, masonry and others. For these particular projects, an inspector should be present daily or even hourly to ensure compliance with the N.C. building code. Since that would place a burden on County staff, the N.C. building code permits the County to accept documentation from independent inspectors retained by a project's contractor or developer.
These outside inspectors are screened in advance and authorized by Code Enforcement. County staff makes spot checks (in addition to their regularly mandated inspections) and all special inspection results are included in the project's file.
Since the N.C. requirements for special inspections changed last year, Code Enforcement has managed them on a project-by-project basis. The new process will include special inspection needs in the permitting stage and throughout the term of the project.
In the construction business, time is money. This new process will save developers and contractors both, by allowing them to generate a more accurate timetable and budget early in a project. It will also save taxpayer dollars, by streamlining the administration of special inspections and allowing County staff to focus on other projects.
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Media contact: Alex Burnett
(O) 704-432-0361 (M) 704-579-0288