Broward County recently amended its Building Safety Inspection Program to incorporate the statewide structural inspection program for condominium and cooperative associations three (3) stories or more in height, defined as a “milestone inspection.”

Read more about Florida Milestone Inspections HERE.

The program now requires the inspection of all non-exempt buildings in the County, thirty (30) years of age or older (based on the date of the certificate of occupancy).

For Condominium Buildings, The Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals Policy # 05-05 states explicitly:

  • All buildings that are Condominium or Cooperative, and are three (3) Stories or more in height, and are located three (3) miles from the coastline, shall be inspected in the manner described herein (Policy # 05-05), where such buildings are twenty-five (25) years of age or older, based on the date that the certificate of occupancy was issued, and as determined by the Building Official in accordance with Florida Statue Section 553.899, who shall at such time issue a Notice of Required Inspection to the building owner and association.
  • Subsequent Building Safety Inspections shall be required at ten (10) year intervals from the year of the building or structure reaching 30 years or 25 years of age (as applicable), regardless of when the previous inspection for the building or structure was finalized or filed.
  • For any building or structure that must perform a “Milestone Inspection,” as provided under section 553.899, Florida Statues, such building or structure is required to undergo inspection in the manner described herein (Policy # 05-05) when it has reached a Building Age where it is required to undergo a “milestone inspection,” and such inspection shall serve as compliance with any “milestone inspection” requirements under section 553.899, Florida Statues.

Click on the following link for more information about the Building Recertification program in Broward County:

https://www.broward.org/CodeAppeals/Pages/SafetyInspectionProgram.aspx


About the Author

Portrait photo of Scott Harvey-Lewis of Building MavensScott Harvey-Lewis is the owner and President of Building Mavens, a leading Milestone Inspections and Engineering Consulting firm based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He is a distinguished forensic engineer with over 18 years of experience. Holding a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, Scott’s expertise is fortified by his Licensed Professional Engineer status in Florida and LEED Accredited Professional designation.

With a comprehensive background spanning public and private projects, Scott’s proficiency encompasses structural engineering design, construction oversight, and forensic analysis. His role involves investigating structural failures, construction defects, and code compliance to ensure project integrity while upholding safety standards and building codes. Beyond his investigative prowess, Scott is a skilled design engineer, contributing to diverse architectural facets including building envelope systems and designs for various materials. His extensive portfolio includes projects ranging from residential designs to commercial structures like warehouses and piers. Across all phases of project development, from conception to inspection, Scott’s dedication to innovative and compliant engineering solutions shines through.

Contact me for more information: info@buildingmavens.com

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