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  • Requests for Inspections
    During the construction process, all permitted projects shall be reviewed by EH&S building code inspection personnel for code compliance. Permit holder/contractor shall request various inspections as required by the Florida Building Code. The inspector’s function is to inspect the work for code compliance and document the results. The inspector is not responsible for scheduling, directing, or managing the construction work or for making a punch list or correction lists.  Any code related deviations from the permitted documents shall be approved by the Architect/Engineer of Record and EH&S prior to inspection.

    To request an inspection for your project you need to have access to our UF EH&S web based customer portal.

    Once your specific customer portal has been set up by our office, you can log in and select your active permit number and then select type of inspection along with date/time desired.  If your company is not currently set up with a customer portal please contact our EH&S Building Code office and we will get you activated with log-in and password. It is preferred for users to use the portal. When a user does not have a log-in for the portal a request may be made by completing the Inspection Request/Report Form and emailing it to Codes@EHS.UFL.EDU at least 48 hours in advance of the requested inspection time, allowing extra time for weekends and UF holidays. For long distance inspections the form is required to be used allowing three working days notice for scheduling. See LONG DISTANCE INSPECTIONS AWAY FROM GAINEDVILLE OR MAIN UF CAMPUS section, below. If you don't have internet access you should call us to discuss.

    The permit holder is required to make all necessary portions of the work available for inspection and provide the means (e.g., ladder, scaffolding stairs, lifts, etc.) for the construction area to be inspected. Our inspectors do carry flashlights but do not carry tools. Electrical panels/boxes or concealed areas must be open for the inspection, we will not disassemble your work. Do not block inspection areas with materials or boxes or other items that may hinder or delay the inspection process.

    The contractor’s representative or site superintendent must accompany the inspector during the inspection process and specify the work area to be inspected. If the representative can’t be found or contacted in a timely manner the inspection will be terminated and re-inspection fees may apply.  The permit holder shall make all permits, drawings, specifications and code related change order documents available to the inspectors. Work shall not be concealed or proceed to the next step on any part of a building, structure, electrical system, fire suppression, gas system, mechanical system, or plumbing system, etc. until the previous work has been inspected and approved by the EH&S Building Code Administrator or their authorized representative. Make sure you procure your UF EH&S building code enforcement inspection before proceeding.

    Long distance inspections away from Gainesville or main UF campus

    EH&S Building Code Enforcement employs a contract inspection agency for our long distance inspections.  We require a minimum three (3) working day notice to get inspections scheduled with our contract provider. Please consult with us if you need more information at 352-392-1591.

    Erosion control

    Please note that we also do inspections of required erosion control measures per your approved erosion control plans. This is out of the purview of the building codes but must be addressed for UF projects that meet the criteria.

    Inspection Reports
    EH&S code inspectors will provide reports indicating the inspection results. This document will be available to the contractor on their CitizenServe portal (under the documents tab).
    Inspection Status
    Usually, the inspection report will indicate the inspection status with one or more of the following:

    • Cancelled
      In advance of scheduled inspection time the permit holder notified UF EH&S Office and/or EH&S inspector that the inspection would not be ready or was not needed at set date and time. The inspector did not arrive at job site. Permit holder to reschedule inspection or as otherwise directed by inspector. Out of town inspections require one working day cancellation notice by calling EH&S building code office.
    • Failed
      A building code related inspection was performed, and code deficiencies were found and noted by UF EH&S inspector, re-inspection shall be scheduled by permit holder after corrections have been made. Do not cover/conceal or otherwise proceed with the work until it is approved by your EH&S inspector. The inspector will not wait while work is done to uncover unapproved work.
    • Not Ready
      EH&S inspector arrived at the jobsite and prior to the start of the scheduled inspection, was notified by the contractor that the work to be inspected was not complete, therefore the inspection never commenced.  Once the inspection begins and the work is deemed by the inspector to be ‘not ready’, the inspection will be logged as a failed inspection. Out of town re-inspection fees are equal to the charge by inspection agency or $150 per re-inspection.
    • Partial/Limited Scope
      An inspection was performed by EH&S and while a portion of the work complied, some work included in the inspection was not fully compete or code related deficiencies were noted. Re-inspection will be required to be scheduled by permit holder as directed by UF EH&S inspector. Corrective action required must be visible and readily accessible to the inspector at the time of the scheduled re-inspection.
    • Passed
      An inspection by EH&S was performed and no code deficiencies noted by the inspector. Permitted work has approval to proceed to the next required inspection.
    • Conditional
      Work has been inspected by EH&S and found to have deficiencies that are deemed minor in nature. Permit holder shall correct identified minor deficiencies and work may progress without an additional inspection for these items. The correction of these deficiencies may be verified at the discretion of the inspector at a future scheduled inspection. These follow-up inspections will not require the removal of permanent structure or building finishes. The inspector may ask you to upload pictures or other documentation to the portal.
    Elevator Approval
    We do NOT inspect or certify elevator operation or elevator equipment. We do inspect the electrical connection, emergency elevator recall location, ADA access/signage, and shaft-way/structure. Please provide EH&S a copy of the final elevator inspection approval.