Professional engineers offering threshold building inspection services pursuant to Section 553.79, F.S., Permits; applications; issuance; inspections, shall be certified by the Board to be a Special Inspector under the qualifications set forth in Chapter 61G15-35.003, F.A.C., Qualification Program for Special Inspectors of Threshold Buildings.

A licensee wishing to apply as a Special Inspector of Threshold Buildings also referred to as a Threshold Inspector, must meet the following minimum criteria as established by the Board:

  1. Possess a current and active Florida PE license in good standing; and
  2. His/Her principal practice is structural engineering OR is in performing structural field inspections on Threshold Buildings.

For licensed PE’s whose principal practice is structural engineering,
the applicant must:

  • Have three (3) years verifiable experience in performing structural field inspections on threshold buildings; AND
  • Have two (2) years experience in the structural design of threshold buildings after having achieved licensure as a professional engineer (Such experience shall be within the seven (7) years preceding submission of the Special Inspector application.)  For the purpose of these criteria, structural design shall mean the design of all structural components of the building, and shall not be limited to specific structural components only, such as foundations, prestressed or post-tensioned concrete, etc.

For licensed PE’s whose principal practice is performing structural field inspections,
the applicant must:

  • Have five (5) years of experience in performing structural field inspections on Threshold Buildings within the preceding seven (7) years prior to submitting the Special Inspector application; AND
  • Possess each of the certifications identified in paragraph 61G15-35.004(2)(f), F.A.C., Common Requirements to All Engineers Providing Threshold Building Inspection Services as Special Inspectors which include:

Prior to inspection of concrete components – a certification from the American Concrete Institute (ACI) in concrete construction special inspection pursuant to the qualifications of such certification established by ACI on January 1, 2013;

Prior to inspection of masonry components – certification from the International Code Council (ICC) in structural masonry special inspection pursuant to the qualifications for such certification established by ICC on January 1, 2013;

Prior to inspection of post-tensioned components – , certification from the Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) in post-tensioning inspection pursuant to the qualifications for such certification established by PTI on January 1, 2013;

Prior to inspection of structural steel components – certification from the International Code Council or American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) instructural steel special inspection pursuant to the qualifications for such certification established by ICC on January 1, 2013 or AISC on January 1, 2013;

Prior to inspection of soil related components – certification from the International Code Council in basic soil special inspection pursuant to the qualifications for such certification established by ICC on January 1, 2013.


TEMPORARY CERTIFICATION

A professional engineer who has been granted temporary licensure in Florida pursuant to the provisions of Section 471.021, F.S., may also be granted temporary certification as a Special Inspector provided the criteria set forth in Chapters 61G15-35.003, F.A.C. and 61G15-35.004(2)(f) have been met.  However, temporary certification is limited to one (1) specific project in Florida not exceeding the time period of one (1) year.

If you are interested in seeking temporary Special Inspector certification, please contact the Board office to speak to an FBPE representative at (850) 521-0500, ext. 113.

FBPE APPLICATIONS

SPECIAL INSPECTOR APPLICATION – $230 Fee

Files:

Special Inspector Application

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FEE WAIVER AVAILABLE

“Pursuant to 455.213(12), Fla. Stat., the Board shall waive the initial licensing fee, the initial application fee, and the initial unlicensed activity fee for a military veteran or his or her spouse at the time of discharge, if he or she applies to the Board for a license within 60 months after the veteran is discharged from any branch of the United States Armed Forces. To qualify for this waiver, the veteran must have been honorably discharged.  A written request for waiver and a copy of Form DD-214, (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) should be submitted with the application.”

ROSTER OF SPECIAL INSPECTORS

Pursuant to Chapters 61G15-35.003(4), F.A.C, the Board is responsible for maintaining a list of Florida Board-approved licensees certified as Special Inspectors.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this listing, submit a public records request to publicrecords@fbpe.org.

To view the statutes and rules mentioned in this section in their entirety, please go the Statutes and Rules page under the Legal section of our website or CLICK HERE.

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