By: Arelis Batista
With the implementation of the NYC Construction Codes of 2008 Special Inspections replaced most Controlled Inspections for all construction projects approved on or after July 1, 2008. The scope of Special Inspections is similar to Controlled Inspections, defined in Chapter 17 of the 2008 Building Code and the Department’s Special Inspections Rule. The new code mandated that Special Inspections only be performed by Special Inspectors working for a Buildings Department-registered Special Inspection Agency.
In addition, the NYC Construction Codes of 2008 implemented similar requirements for Progress Inspections. Progress Inspection Agencies must be qualified to perform inspections required by the Rules of the Department, Title 28 of the Administrative Code, and/or the new NYC Building Code (Chapter 1 – BC 109). Inspections must be performed by a registered design professional with relevant experience, or a person under their direct supervision. Progress inspectors must also verify that Special Inspections, required prior to the Progress Inspection, have been completed and documented.
As part of the first phase of the implementation of the New York City Construction Codes., Special and Progress Inspectors and agencies had one (1) year to become certified by July 1, 2009. Qualifications inspectors are specific to trade and building code. (See Qualifications) In addition, inspectors and agencies must have the following insurance coverage:
Professional liability/errors and omissions insurance for a minimum of $500,000 for the term of the registration
General Liability insurance for a minimum of $1,000,000
Insurance required by the provisions of the New York State Workers’ Compensation and Disability Law.
The Department of Buildings has extended the period for compliance until December 31, 2009. in the interim, inspections are currently submitted on TR-1′s and applicants attest to compliance with the current requirements of the code. Projects filed prior to June 30, 2008 use the old TR-1 and projects filed after must use the new TR-1.
Registration as a Special Inspection Agency will be introduced later in 2009, allowing electronic registration for agencies performing Special Inspections. Currently, individuals meeting the qualifications and insurance requirements may certify inspections.
Note: No registration is required at this time. When a Special Inspector signs and submits the TR1, they’re certifying that they meet the qualifications under Appendix A.