Building Inspection Violations
A height survey must be provided to the inspector at time of the framing inspection.
- The City requires a height survey for all homes over 26’ above existing grade to insure the roof height does not exceed allowable heights.
First and second floor setbacks, wall heights, Floor Area Ratio and Impervious Lot Coverage must comply with the Setback/Coverage worksheet. (Green Sheets)
- Setbacks, Impervious Lot Coverage, Floor Area Ratio and Screen Enclosure limits can be calculated on the Standard or Alternative worksheets.
- The building size, setbacks and wall heights limitations for accessory structures, garages, carports and screen enclosure may found on these two worksheets
- The maximum First floor side wall height at the minimum setback is 12’from the existing grade to the bottom of the soffit.
Plans missing from job and no truss engineering provided to the inspector.
- The Code requires that the approved plans be provided at the site, and the engineered truss drawings must be provided to the inspector prior to the framing inspection.
Placement of footing steel too close to the ground.
- The Code requires at least three inches of clearance from the ground to the steel.
Inadequate footing depth.
- The Code requires that footings extend at least 12 inches below grade.
Lack of footing tie into existing house for additions.
- To provide structural continuity, footing steel in additions must be doweled into the existing foundation of the house.
Omission of clean-outs in masonry walls.
- At the tie beam inspection, a clean-out hole must be provided at the bottom of the wall to remove mortar and to inspect steel.
Inadequately sized wind uplift connectors.
- The Code requires that hurricane connectors be sized properly to resist uplift loads.
Non-continuous wind anchorage.
- The Code requires that a continuously connected and properly sized series of connectors be provided from the foundation to the roof of all buildings.
Improper placement of floor or roof trusses.
- The Code requires that joists and trusses bear on walls within five inches of studs spaced 24 inches on center.
Excessive cutting, notching, and bored holes.
- In bearing walls, bored hole diameters must not exceed 40 percent of the stud width, and notches must not exceed 25 percent of its width.
Lack of draft or fire stopping.
- The Code requires fire stopping to cut off vertical and horizontal concealed openings.
Non-approved glass in hazardous locations.
- The Code requires the use of tempered safety glazing material in all doors, next to doors, within a tub or shower enclosure, and other potentially hazardous locations.
Lack of smoke detectors.
- The Code requires the provision of approved smoke detectors in all dwelling units.
Improperly sized hand rails and guard rails.
- The Code delineates criteria which includes prohibiting the passage of a six-inch sphere, minimum heights, and proper location of railings.
Improperly sized stair treads and risers.
- The Code limits risers to a 7 3/4-inch maximum and treads must be a minimum of 9 inches in length plus one inch of nosing.
Omission of vertical steel in free-standing masonry walls.
- To resist wind loads, masonry walls must be provided with concrete-filled and steel-reinforced cells spaced four to six feet apart.
Omission of roof cement in valleys and along rakes of new asphalt shingle roofs.
- The Code requires this to resist water intrusion and to provide wind uplift protection.
Re-roofing over existing shingles.
- Our Code allows for two layers of roofing materials.
Improper placement of roofing felt at eaves drip.
- Manufactures specs require felt to be over the eave drip. The felt may be on top of the drip edge if the shingles are sealed to the felt with roofing cement.