1. Review architectural drawings and all other construction documents to verify compliance with approved plans:
This involves comparing the designs of the building with the approved blueprints from before construction began. These documents should include floor plans, exterior elevations, roof plans, structural and mechanical details, electrical layouts, as well as any site plan that may have been provided.
2. Verify that all permits required for the construction project have been obtained and are current:
This involves checking with the local municipality or other governing body to ensure that all appropriate building permits were obtained prior to beginning construction and that they are still valid.
3. Inspect the construction work for compliance with approved plans and permits:
A qualified inspector should review the entire building to make sure it is being built as designed, according to code and regulations, and in compliance with any local or state laws.
4. Review the Site Safety Plan and confirm that it has been implemented:
This process involves ensuring that safety protocols are in places on-site, such as a safety plan outlining safe working practices, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other safety measures.
5. Confirm that temporary power, water, and sewer service have been connected and are operational:
It is important to make sure utilities are properly hooked up before occupancy in order to ensure a safe environment for the occupants. This includes confirming that electricity, water, gas, and sewer systems are installed correctly and functioning properly.
6. Inspect the building for any potential hazards (electrical, structural, fire):
A qualified inspector should review all aspects of the building including electrical wiring, plumbing fixtures, HVAC systems, fire suppression systems, the structural integrity of walls and ceilings as well as any combustible materials present in the building or on-site.
7. Verify that all required signage is in place:
The building should have signs indicating the location of fire exits, emergency alarms, and other safety features. It is also important to make sure that all required signage for handicapped access, smoking areas, and any special precautions are in place.
8. Verify that parking areas are adequate and comply with local regulations:
The parking lot needs to be inspected to ensure it has enough space for vehicles as well as any ADA-compliant features such as wheelchair ramps or designated spaces. It is also important to check if the parking area complies with local zoning laws.
9. Conduct a final walk-through of the building with the owner or their representative:
A qualified inspector should accompany the owner on a final walk-through of the building to ensure everything is up to code and in accordance with the approved plans. They should also check for any potential hazards or other issues that may have been overlooked during construction.
10. Obtain a signed acknowledgment of completion from all involved parties:
Lastly, it is important to make sure all involved parties sign off on the certificate of occupancy, indicating they are satisfied with the completed work and that they agree with any recommendations made by the inspector. This document serves as legal proof that all necessary requirements have been met. Once this step is completed, the temporary certificate of occupancy can be issued and construction will officially be complete.