40 Year Building Inspections

If you recently received a Notice Of Required Recertification Of 40 Year Old Building(s) and don’t know what to do, you’ve come to the right place! Let the Professional Engineers at Omega Forensic Engineering guide you through the building recertification process.

You probably received a Notice Of Required Recertification Of 40 Year Old Building if you own or  manage one or more of the following: 


Apartment Buildings

Warehouse Complexes

Office Buildings

Shopping Centers

Storage Facilities

Places of Worship


Private Schools

You may have received a notice for “recertification for a 40 year old building”, even though you  do not own or manage a 40 year old structure. This is because, due to recent changes, the  recertification process is now required for 30 year old and 25 year old buildings in certain  locations.  

Our office staff promises to schedule your recertification  inspection within 2 business days after being retained, and we will provide you with your  building recertification inspection reports within 5 business days after the inspection has been  completed. Once we have performed your building recertification and everything has been  corrected (if anything), you will not need another recertification inspection for another 10  years.  

If you are in Miami-Dade County, single family homes, duplexes or structures that are under  2,000 square feet in size or less and have an occupancy load of 10 or less, you are exempt from  the recertification requirement. 

In Broward County, one and two family dwellings, government owned structures and buildings  built on Indian reservations are also exempt from recertification. When in doubt, contact the  municipality that issued the required recertification notice as to the status of your building(s). 

Let us put our expertise and experienced staff of engineers to work for you on your upcoming  building recertification. This is a process you should only have to deal with every ten years, so  trust it to a company that does this work every day.


Building Recertification Inspections – Done Right!


Let the professionals at Omega Forensic Engineering perform your upcoming  building recertification inspection. Our team has over 100 years of experience and  have inspected 1,000’s of buildings in the State of Florida. Let us put our  experience and expertise to work for you! 

Buildings in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties are subject to a formal  recertification process every 30 years (25 years if your building is within 3 miles of  the coastline) and then at 10 year intervals thereafter. This process will include the  inspection of the building’s main structural and electrical components. The report  is written up on a city or county approved report and submitted to you within 5  business days.


What Is A 30/25 Building Recertification Inspection? 

A building recertification inspection is a formal inspection of the building’s  structural and electrical components. The inspection will identify any structural  component that might be in distress or any electrical component that is unsafe.  

How Do I Know If My Building Needs A Recertification Inspection? 

In June of every year, local cities and municipalities send out a Notice Of Required Certification to owners whose buildings are required to be recertified.  

How Much Time Do I Have To Complete The Building Recertification Inspection? 

Building Recertification Inspections must be performed and submitted to the  issuing government agency within 90 days from the date of the notice. 

What Happens If I Am Late In Submitting The Report? 

If you need more time to complete the building recertification inspection, submit  an extension request to the issuing government agency before your 90 days have  expired.  

Do the Inspectors Have To Perform An Interior Inspection On A Condominium,  Co-op Or Hotel Type Of Structure? 

Yes. The Inspectors Will Perform A Representative Sampling Of Approximately  20%-25% Of The Units. 

Does The Building Have To Conform With The Current Building Codes? 

No. However, the building must have met the building codes that were in place at  the time the building was constructed.  

What Happens If Repairs Are Needed? 

All structural and electrical repairs must be conducted by an appropriately  licensed contractor in the State of Florida.  

What Happens If A Re-inspection Is Required? 

Reinspections can be scheduled to confirm that the repairs listed in the original  Building Recertification Inspection Report have been completed. Usually there is a  fee required for a reinspection.  

Who Is Required To Submit The Building Recertification Inspection Report?

Because a subliminal fee is required, typically the building owner or authorized  representative submits the Building Recertification Inspection Report to the  issuing agency of the Notice Of Required Certification.

What is the Building Safety Inspection Program?

The Broward County Building Safety Inspection Program was created in 2005 and went into effect throughout Broward County in January 2006. Modeled after MiamiDade County’s program, which was established in the mid 1970’s, Broward’s program calls for structural and electrical safety inspections for buildings 25 years and old or older and every ten years thereafter. One- and twofamily dwellings, U.S. Government, State of Florida buildings, schools under the jurisdiction of the Broward County School Board, all buildings under 3,500 square feet, and buildings built on Indian Reservations are exempt from this program. By having such a program in effect, both Broward and MiamiDade counties are minimizing the possibilities of future building failure and will be better prepared for hurricane winds

Why is my building due for a Building Safety Inspection?

A list of buildings due for a Building Safety Inspection is sent to each city throughout Broward County each year by the Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals. The list is based off of the actual construction year of the building according to the Broward County Property Appraiser records.

Who performs the Building Safety Inspection?

A Florida State licensed architect or engineer must be hired by private building owners or property management to do the building safety inspection. The inspection reports must be filled out on the current Building Safety Inspection Report forms.

If my Building Safety Inspection Report(s) indicates Repairs are Required, what are my next steps?

If either or both the structural or electrical report(s) are marked indicating Repairs Required, the plan reviewer(s) will determine if permits are required based on the required repairs outlined in the report. Once all required permits have been obtained and all repairs have been made, your architect or engineer will need to submit a new Building Safety Inspection Report(s) to the City indicating No Repairs Required. Once the City reviews and accepts the new report(s), your building will be in compliance with the Building Safety Inspection Program.

What Type Of Buildings Are Exempt From A Building Recertification Inspection?

One and two family dwellings, State of Florida and US Government buildings, buildings owned by the Miami-Dade County and Broward County School Boards, and buildings that were built on Indian Reservations are exempt from a Building Recertification Inspection. Buildings with an occupancy load of 10 people or less and are 2,000 square feet or less in Miami Dade County (3,500 square feet or less in Broward County) are also exempt.