hey all-

given- I'm in California,  as a local AHJ, I have always been told that my dept has no authority to issue permits or do inspections on public schools.


situation- there was a gas leak at a local grammar school (k-6). the gas leak has been isolated, gas shut off, made safe.

PG&E (local utility) will not turn the gas back on without authorization (ours or DSA). the school district ( district superintendent and district maintenance) have been calling me (AHJ) and trying to get me to "sign off" on it (issue a permit, do an inspection, final the project). we don't even have a FILE for the school!

I don't feel comfortable doing this, and I think it's not under my purview.


whadya' think?

they want this NOW!


Original Post

It depends where in the school the gas leak was. Local AHJ's have authority to inspect some buildings/facilities on school sites and most school-owned buildings/facilities not on school sites. Buildings that are not used for students/teachers, such as administrative buildings, warehouses, fleet maintence, nutritional services (food prep/storage) buildings (not cafeterias) etc. See:




The same holds true for hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, etc.




Also public utility generation facilities.




after the "emergency" calmed down a bit.lol...

the school district gave me this info from the DSA --


Alteration projects require DSA review and approval except for low cost projects as described below.

  • Per Section 4-308 of Title 24, Part 1, review and approval of a project involving only alterations is not required when the cost of the project does not exceed $35,623 (as of 2009). The school board is responsible for hiring a licensed architect or engineer to prepare plans and specifications and to provide for adequate inspection of the construction.

after seeing that, and talking to District and DSA representatives, I was much more willing to issue a permit for the work.


when I showed up for a scheduled "on site" meeting at 730am, a meeting that "everyone" (pg&e, dsa, school and contractors)was supposed to attend, take a guess at who was there?!?!?


just little 'ol me.

crisis averted,apparently


typical "govment" work



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