RESIDENTAIL INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Thanks,

A related question for you. Is it required by the California law to cite code sections when inspector write a correction? I ran into a policy of a southern California city's internal policy stating so but did not cite the section of the law. Does any one know?
I love it when P.E's "try" to play architect.

Cites, depend on the local jurisdiction, it can speed up the process.

Two other cites to check for checklists are the City of Davis (very good source) and the City of Los Angeles (both cities very detailed)
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Originally posted by hhuang PE:
Thanks,

A related question for you. Is it required by the California law to cite code sections when inspector write a correction? I ran into a policy of a southern California city's internal policy stating so but did not cite the section of the law. Does any one know?


not required...
There are a couple of instances outlined in CA statutes that requires the reason for denial be supported by code information. See Health and Safety Code 19870 partially copy/pasted below:
19870. (a) As a result of construction inspection, an enforcement agency shall not impose a new or modified building standard different from those specified in the plans and specifications approved during plan checking functions for which a building permit is issued, unless the enforcement agency determines that any of the following
apply:
(1) The standard is necessary to correct a violation of the governing code or standard and to protect the public health or safety.
(2) The plans and specifications did not reference the standard or were not in sufficient detail.
(3) There is a deviation, addition, or deletion from the plan.
(4) There are modifications to the plan by the permittee.
There are more, but the first four are the more common reasons.
I recommend everyone in the public doing inspections download and review the statutes.
The CA statutes can be searched by word or phrase at the following site:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov
Jim Fruit
Although regulations do not specifically state that code cites must be provided at the actual time of plan-check or site inspection, foundationally this information must be provided upon request. The mandate of the BO and his representatives is limited to enforcement of the code as amended and adopted by the local jurisdiction. An applicant, owner, contractor, etc. are entitled to obtain the 'basis' supporting any comment or correction. If the comment/correction's justification is 'discretionary' only, and therefore not supported directly by a code section citation, then the BO must be able to support it by presenting the logic/justification used by the plan-checker or site inspector. This is a simple matter of checks and balances on the authority of the BO and the manner in which it is being used in practice. Because the owner/applicant is entitled to this information, most larger jurisdictions have adopted the practice of including code section cites as part of the formats for plan check comments, as well as (in some jurisdictions) on field inspection write-ups.

I do not see why any BO or representative would balk at providing the 'basis' if in fact the comments and corrections are properly arrived at and justified by specific code language and/or reasonable discretion as necessary to protect the public health and safety.

It is certainly acceptable for anyone to ask for clarification of comments/corrections, and to challenge or appeal same if there is a belief that the requirement is not supported by code(s) or otherwise necessary for protection of the public.

happy new year to all...
hil
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