"Plan review services have become
high-demand, which is why UES
implemented Remote Reviews. This
way any of our experts can serve our
clients from anywhere in the U.S.
"

— Jessica, Certified Building Inspector

"As a private provider
alternative to building departments,
we are able to keep builders
on schedule, therefore saving
them tens of thousands of dollars."

— David, Certified Building Inspector

Building Inspections & Recertification

Condo Safety Bill

At Universal Engineering Sciences, we are aware that building inspections are a necessity to ensure quality within any building or construction project. Amongst our array of engineering and construction services, our experienced team offers building inspections nationwide to make sure your property, workplace, or construction site meets building standards. Our inspection staff experts can answer any of your building questions, and also act as the first line of defense against code compliance violations to protect communities and businesses from noncompliance issues.

Effective May 26, 2022, the state of Florida introduced Senate Bill 4D that requires building, condominium, and cooperative associations to perform milestone inspections as prescribed by local enforcement agencies to ensure the entire roofing system or roof section of certain buildings does not have to be repaired, replaced, or recovered. UES is qualified to perform the mandated building “milestone” inspections and record submissions outlined by Florida’s new law. Contact UES today for more information on how we fulfill milestone inspections.

Contact us to schedule your condo inspection

Commercial Building Property Inspections

UES specializes in commercial building and code compliance, from offices, high-rise condos, 50+ unit apartment buildings, warehouses, and more. When you need a commercial building inspection, consult us for commercial code permitting, compliance consulting, and commercial plan reviews. We are aware that commercial projects can be completed over a time frame ranging from weeks to years, and will work with your building plan to ensure your construction is code-compliant and will be certified to occupy.

Our commercial building inspections includes the following services:

  • Weekly visits with building code officials to review works in progress, or specially scheduled visits depending on smaller job scopes
  • Footer, foundations, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, insulation, fire suppression, accessibility, sub-slab construction inspections, reviews and approvals of special inspections, above ceiling inspections, and final Use & Occupancy approvals.
  • Certifying use and occupancy, in compliance with local codes

Maintenance Inspections

To keep your property up to date, UES also offers maintenance or milestone inspections for pre-existing buildings. Our associate building inspectors can help keep your property or properties (both residential or commercial) up-to-date and compliant with your municipal codes and regulations.

Our maintenance inspections can evaluate structural deterioration, determine if a building is safe for human occupancy, provide a detailed inspection report to the appropriate offices, and make sure your building's structural integrity is in accordance with architectural and engineering specifications. We also offer emergency inspections in the event your building may be flagged as non-compliant.

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Condo Inspections & Recertification

Existing Building Re-Certification Outline:

Miami-Dade and Broward Counties Only:

  • Requires a structural AND electrical inspection on every building (except single-family homes, duplexes and minor structures) 40 years or older, certifying that a building is structurally and electrically safe for the specified use or continued occupancy.
  • Additional inspections are required every 10 years thereafter for the life of the structure.
New Condo Safety Bill outline:
  • Creates a statewide building milestone inspection requirement for condominiums and cooperative buildings that are three stories or higher in height 30 years after initial occupancy and 25 years after initial occupancy for buildings located within three miles of the coast
  • Requires inspections every 10 years after a building’s initial “phase 1” inspection
  • Requires an additional, more intensive inspection, or a “phase 2 inspection,” if a building’s phase 1 inspection reveals substantial structural deterioration. “Substantial structural deterioration” means substantial structural distress that negatively affects a building’s general structural condition and integrity
  • Requires building officials to provide written notice to associations when buildings must be inspected
  • Requires phase 1 and phase 2 inspection reports be submitted to building officials and unit owners
  • Provides local building officials with the ability to assess penalties for failing to comply with the requirements for phase 1 and phase 2 inspections
  • Requires condominiums and cooperatives to conduct structural integrity reserve studies every 10 years for buildings that are three stories or higher in height and prohibits waiver of funding for certain structural reserves
  • Requires developers to complete structural integrity reserve studies for every building that is three stories or higher, prior to turning over an association to the unit owners
  • Repeals the ability of developers to waive the collection of all types of reserve funds
  • Requires structural integrity reserve study inspections, and phase 1 and phase 2 inspections to be performed by licensed engineers or architects
  • Provides that structural integrity reserve studies and phase 1 and phase 2 inspection reports are a part of an association’s official records and must be provided to a potential purchaser of a unit
  • Provides that failing to perform a required structural integrity reserves study, or phase 1 or phase 2 inspection is a breach of a board member or officer’s fiduciary duty
  • Requires a community association manager to provide a milestone inspection report to a local building official, if the manager receives the report
  • Starting in 2025, condo boards will need to set aside reserve money to cover future repairs

For a full listing of services, please view our Statement of Qualifications.

UES’ inspection experts are passionate about being the first line of defense against code compliance violations. Our team confidently navigates the complex environment of codes, effectively protecting communities and businesses from noncompliance issues.

Drawing on decades of experience, we are committed to achieving rapid turnarounds on plan review and inspections. This results in significant savings to developers, owners, and contractors who typically must wait extended periods for inspections to take place. In the State of Florida, UES was pivotal in writing the legislature that authorizes private provider inspections for builders, contractors, and owners. We can also seamlessly integrate ourselves into your building department staff to augment existing municipality operations.

 

Services include:

  • Quality Assurance Services
  • Punchlist Origination Services
  • Handrail/Balcony Inspection Services
  • Firestop and Joint Sealant Inspections
  • Due Diligence/Property Condition Assessment Services
  • Window Testing
  • Blower Door Testing
  • Stucco Evaluations
  • Photometric Studies
  • Green Building Evaluation
  • Sound Measurements

For a full listing of services, please view our Statement of Qualifications.

Statement of Qualifications

SB 4-D: Building Safety

Accreditation

  • Master Code Professional
  • Certified Building Official
  • Building Code Administraton
  • Code Enforcement and Administration Professional
  • Fire Safety Inspector