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What is a Private Provider building inspector?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The State of Florida allows property owners to hire a private inspector and avoid relying on the local building department for plan approval and inspections on a residential or commercial building project. Florida Statute 553.791, entitled “Alternative Plans Review And Inspection,” which became effective October 1, 2002,  allows a person licensed as a Building Code Administrator, Architect, or Engineer to be act as a building inspector and/or plans examiner. The law labels the alternative inspector a “Private Provider."

    You must submit a form to the building department, called a “Notice to Building Officials of Use of Private Provider,” at the time of building permit application. Also, the law allows the local building department to check the plans reviewed by a private provider and do their own review of the private provider’s inspections, but sets a time limit on their oversight.

   The big advantage of using a private inspector is the time saved that would otherwise be lost waiting for a building department inspector to complete a plan review or inspection before continuing work on the construction project. Time saved is money saved, especially on a large project.

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