Building Inspection & Recertification

Condo Safety Bill

On May 26, 2022, Senate Bill 4D was signed into effect by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis creating the state-wide building re-certification process. Whether you are familiar with the building inspection process and are in need of recertification or this experience is new to you and you require guidance—UES can help. Not only can we help you navigate the new legislation but our licensed engineers and architects can conduct any inspections that you require.

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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

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SB 4-D: Building Safety

If a milestone inspection is required and the building’s certificate of occupancy was issued on or before July 1, 1992, the building’s initial milestone inspection must be performed before December 31, 2024.