Brief Overview of the Recertification Program

Buildings that meet the recertification requirements will be notified by the City at least a year before their recertification deadline. Within 180 calendar days after the owner or owners of the building receive the written notice, the licensed Engineer or Architect, must submit phase one of the building recertification inspection reports to the Building Official for administrative review.

Milestone inspections must be performed by December 31 of the year in which the building reaches 25 years of age, based on the date the certificate of occupancy for the building was issued, and every 10 years thereafter. 

Due to initial backlog of buildings required to be recertified, these buildings will be prioritized by three (3) zones and will be scheduled as follows:

Zone 1 - Year 1: The barrier Island, East of Federal Highway and South of Ocean Ave.

Zone 2 - Year 2: East of Federal Highway and North of Ocean Ave.

Zone 3 - Year 2: The remainder the City West of Federal Highway

See Zones

Electrical service equipment excluding unit panels and structural inspection of a building, including an inspection of load-bearing elements and the primary structural members and primary structural systems as those terms are defined in ss 627.706, by an Architect licensed under ss 481 or Engineer licensed under ss 471, authorized to practice in this state for the purposes of attesting to the life safety and adequacy of the structural components of the building and, to the extent reasonably possible, determining the general structural condition of the building as it affects the safety of such building, including a determination of any necessary maintenance, repair, or replacement of any structural component of the building. The purpose of such inspection is not to determine if the condition of an existing building is in compliance with the Florida Building Code or the Fire Life Safety Code.

The milestone inspection services may be provided by a team of professionals with an Architect or Engineer acting as a registered design professional in responsible charge with all work and reports signed and sealed by the appropriate qualified team member.

Phase one inspection must be completed and submitted 180 days after receiving written notice. The licensed Architect or Engineer(s) authorized to practice in this state shall perform a visual examination of the electrical service equipment excluding unit panels, habitable and non-habitable areas of a building, including, all balconies, guardrails, the major structural components of a building or structure and provide a qualitative assessment of the structural and electrical conditions of the building.

If the report meets the Inspection guideline requirements and there are no issues found, the building owner will be issued a recertification certificate.

Phase two inspection must be performed if any electrical service equipment excluding unit panels or substantial structural deterioration is identified during phase one Inspection. If a phase two inspection is required, within 180 calendar days after submitting phase one inspection report, the owner must submit the phase two inspection report(s) and must include a repair plan and schedule to the Building Official for administrative review. A phase two inspection may involve destructive or nondestructive testing at the inspector’s direction.  The inspection may be as extensive or as limited as necessary to fully assess areas of structural distress in order to confirm that the building is electrically and structurally sound and safe for its intended use and to recommend a program for fully assessing and repairing distressed and damaged portions of the building and electrical service system.  When determining testing locations, the inspector must give preference to locations that are the least disruptive and most easily repairable while still being representative of the structure.

The repair plan shall include a detailed proposed schedule to complete said repairs, including a schedule for submittal of application(s) for any required permit(s). The repair plan, including the schedule for completion of repairs, shall be subject to review and approval by the building official.

After permits are issued and work is complete the Architect/Engineer will submit a certificate of compliance. 

A phase one inspection report will be required to be resubmitted, when approved a recertification certificate will be issued.