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Milestone Inspections & SIRS To Ensure Your Building’s Integrity

What is a Milestone Inspection in Florida?

On May 26, 2022, a significant milestone was reached in building safety, thanks to Governor Ron DeSantis signing CS for CS for SB 154 (2023 Legislature), introduces several significant changes to Florida Statute 553.899.

This pivotal legislation mandates structural integrity assessments, known as Milestone Inspections, for condominiums and cooperative buildings 25 or 30 years old, with three or more stories. These vital inspections, performed by licensed architects or engineers, are crucial for ensuring the safety and structural integrity of buildings throughout Florida.

At Florida Engineering LLC, we're poised as your Milestone Inspection experts. Our expansive network of seasoned, licensed engineers and architects across the state ensures your peace of mind through streamlined processes, quick turnaround, and strict compliance, no matter where you are in Florida. Trust us to be your reliable partner in navigating these essential safety requirements with expertise and efficiency.

Why is a Milestone Inspection in Florida Important?

The Florida condo milestone inspection stands as a sentinel for safety and compliance. This inspection is instituted by the Florida Statutes section 553.899. It’s a rigorous inspection for buildings, especially condominiums and cooperatives that are three stories or higher.

Why is this important? It’s about the safety and durability of the structures Florida residents inhabit. These structures become susceptible to wear and tear with age, potentially compromising their structural integrity. This is especially important here in Florida with the harsh weather and tropical storms we are battered by yearly. That’s where the milestone inspection intervenes!

Based on the certificate of occupancy date, buildings are mandated to have their initial milestone inspection around the time they turn 30. And this isn't a one-time event, a subsequent inspection every 10 years ensures the building remains at its prime.

However, it's essential to note that not every structure in Florida needs this inspection. Single-family, two-family, or structures with three or fewer habitable stories above ground are exempt.

What's the Difference Between a Phase 1 and a Phase 2 Inspection?

Understanding the inspection process is crucial. The process is broken down into two distinct phases:

Phase 1: This is the primary line of defense. Licensed Florida engineers delve into a comprehensive visual examination of your building. Beyond just a cursory look, they assess both habitable and non-habitable areas, focusing on the building's backbone - its major structural components. The aim is to vouch for the building's structural soundness, ensuring it poses no risks to life or safety. But remember, it’s not about current building or fire safety codes. It’s about the overall health and stability of the structure. If all is well and there are no red flags, the inspection concludes here.

Phase 2: Think of this as the deep dive. Phase 2 is more intensive and only invoked if Phase 1 identifies substantial structural concerns. It involves potential tests that can be both non-destructive and destructive. This phase’s objective is to gauge the full scope of structural distress and create a roadmap for the necessary repairs.

What Happens After Your Inspection is Complete?

What comes after we finish your milestone inspection in Florida? After we've delved deep into the structures, assessing and analyzing, we share our findings.

Whether it’s the Phase 1 or the more intensive Phase 2, we provide a comprehensive, detailed report, bearing the seal and signature of our licensed Florida Engineer. 

This document offers insights into your building’s structural conditions and potential areas of concern.  And as per regulations, the association is also in the loop. A summary of our report can be shared with every condo unit owner. This collective approach ensures everyone is informed and aware, making the community a safer place.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Milestone Inspections

What is the purpose of SB-154 regarding condominium and cooperative buildings?

Who must perform milestone inspections, and what qualifications do they need?

What is the timeline for the initial milestone inspections under Florida Statute 553.899?

Can local enforcement agencies influence milestone inspection deadlines?

What are the financial responsibilities of condominium and cooperative associations for milestone inspections?

What does a structural integrity reserve study involve, and how often must it be performed?

How do Florida Statute 553.899’s requirements affect the sale of condominium units?

What happens if the required disclosures are not provided to buyers?

How does Florida Statute 553.899 address the use of reserve funds?

What are the implications of Florida Statute 553.899 for existing condominium associations and future development projects?

Why Choose Florida Engineering for a Florida Milestone Inspections?

Timely Turnarounds: We understand the significance of time, especially when it comes to building safety and compliance. We promise quotes within one business day, ensuring you can move forward with speed and assurance.

 

Transparent Communication: At Florida Engineering, you're never left in the dark. Our communication is not only consistent but clear and concise. Every step, every finding, every recommendation, you and your condominium is kept in the loop.

 

Family-Owned, Veteran-Owned: Florida Engineering is a family-owned business.  This foundation means we operate with integrity, honor, and a commitment to safeguarding communities. We are the expert commercial building inspectors, providing fast, accurate, reliable commercial building inspections.

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