Resolving Building Code Interpretation Disputes With a Building Inspector
Disputes with a building inspector over interpretations of the Building Code are an unfortunately common occurrence in construction. Did you know you don’t need to haggle endlessly with an inspector to get him or her to see your point? The Florida Building Commission, the entity responsible for overseeing the statewide building code, has user-friendly procedures called declaratory statements and binding interpretations. Essentially you submit a code interpretation question to them online at www.floridabuilding.org and they will consider it and issue a written response at their next duly noticed Commission meeting.
Don’t have time in which to submit a petition for a declaratory statement or binding interpretation? Their website maintains a data base of previously issued declaratory statements and binding interpretations. Browse through them and see if somebody had previously asked the same question you have.
These procedures offer opportunities to resolve interpretation disputes with inspectors. However, how to delicately address this with the inspector in a way that won’t make them vindictive is something you’ll just have to consider on your own. . . .