Understanding Construction Work

A Commercial Or Residential Building Inspection Process

 A certificate of occupancy is a document that declares that construction, renovation, or demolition processes have been conducted according to code. A contractor is responsible for obtaining a permit and contacting an inspector, prior to beginning a commercial or residential project that involves erecting a new structure or altering an existing one.

A Contractor's Obligations

A building inspection division is an agency that oversees property modifications. A contractor who is being hired to oversee construction, renovation, or demolition project will be required to furnish proof of their eligibility to perform the job that they are being hired for. They will need to contact a representative of a local building inspection division and provide the documents that are requested of them.

Upon obtaining a permit, a contractor will need to complete the steps necessary to get an inspector involved with the project. These steps will include the exchange of building or demolition plans, the address where work will be conducted, the parcel number of the land, and any variables that could hinder the progression of the project.

An Inspector's Obligations

An inspector who is employed through a building inspection division will be responsible for overseeing the progress of an existing project. An inspector may visit a worksite at various intervals. During each of these visits, they will conduct a walkthrough of a structure. They may also request information from the contractor who is overseeing the project. The walkthrough and the communication between the inspector and the contractor will provide the inspector with vital details about the ongoing job.

If an inspector discovers that any construction or demolition steps are being conducted improperly, they may mandate that the job is halted on a temporary basis. Changes in how a job will move forward may be made. At the end of a project, it is a contractor's duty to contact an inspector and request that they conduct one final walkthrough of the structure.

This walkthrough may be more detailed and may involve testing the strength of building materials and visually inspecting wiring, plumbing, HVAC components, and other materials that are located within the building. If an inspector has deemed a building safe for people to occupy, they will issue a certificate of occupancy. If the building that has been constructed or modified is one that will be open to the public, a business owner should post the certificate of occupancy in a visible area.

For more information, contact a company like Buffalo Girl Home Inspection LLC.