Construction

University Inspection Request Policy

Inspection Request Form

Certificate of Occupancy Requirements

1. Construction or work shall be subject to inspection by the Building Official or his representative. Such work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until the work is approved.

2. The following inspections are required and it is the responsibility of the general contractor to schedule in advance. This list is not be be construed as comprehensive of all required inspections. It is incumbent upon the General Contractor to be responsible to schedule inspections according to all Code requirements.

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  • Footing and foundation inspection to be made after the reinforcing steel and the forms are in place.
  • Concrete slab and under-floor inspection to be made after any required reinforcement, building service equipment, piping (Including sprinkler main), conduits and other ancillary equipment items are in place.
  • Lowest floor elevation inspection when the building is located in a flood hazard area. The elevation certification required in IBC Section 1612.5 shall be submitted to the building official.
  • Frame inspection to take place after the roof deck or sheathing, all framing, fire blocking and bracing are in place and plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems are in place and have been approved. Partial framing inspections are acceptable in large projects.
  • Lathe and gypsum board inspection for fire resistive assemblies or shear assembly are to take place after lathing and gypsum board, interior and exterior, is in place, but before plastering is applied or gypsum board joints and fasteners are taped and finished.
  • Fire resistant penetrations. Protection of joints and penetrations in fire-resistance-rated assemblies shall not be concealed from view until inspected and approved.
  • Energy efficiency inspection.
  • Other inspections including stucco, roofing, brick veneer, masonry etc.
  • Final inspection.

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  • Underground inspections shall be made after trenches or ditches ar excavated and bedded, piping installed, and before any backfill is put in place.
  • Rough-in inspection shall be made after the roof, framing, fireblocking, firestopping, draftstopping and bracing is in place and all sanitary, storm, and water distribution piping is roughed-in, and prior to the installation of wall or ceiling membranes.
  • Final inspection shall be made after the building is complete, all plumbing fixtures are in place and properly connected, and the structure is ready for occupancy.

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  • Underground inspection shall be made after trenches or ditches are excavated and bedded, piping installed, and before backfill is put in place. When excavated soil contains rocks, broken concrete, frozen chunks or other rubble that would damage or break the piping or cause corrosive action, clean backfill shall be on the job site.
  • Rough-in inspection shall be made after the roof, framing, fireblocking and bracing are in place and all ducting and other components to be concealed are complete, and prior to the installation of wall or ceiling membranes.
  • Final inspection shall be made upon completion of the mechanical system.

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  • Underground inspection shall be made after trenches or ditches are excavated and bedded, piping and conductors installed, and before backfill is put in place.
  • Rough-in inspection shall be made after roof, framing, fireblocking and bracing are in place and all wiring and other components to be concealed are complete, and prior to the installation of wall or ceiling membranes.
  • Final inspection after all electrical work is complete.

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3. Inspections shall be scheduled with the building inspection consultant 48 hours prior to the inspection. In most cases however, inspections can be provided with 24-hours notice. The contractor is responsible for the coordination of called inspection for himself and the subcontractors. A reasonable effort must be made to comply with the required inspections and at the same time limit the number of calls.

4. Inspections requested after 3pm will not be scheduled for inspection the next day.

5. Inspection requests-except concrete placement and final-will be scheduled for AM or PM. Exact times may be requested but cannot be guaranteed.

6. Request for final inspection shall be scheduled a minimum of 5 days in advance. It is the responsibility of the contractor to coordinate the inspection with the building inspection consultant, building official, and fire marshal etc.

7. Inspection requests for special inspection and testing are to be made directly with special Inspectors and the building inspection consultant. Requests for special inspection and testing need to include the type of inspection or test, the amount of concrete to be placed, and the approximate duration of the concrete placement or testing needed.

8. When requesting a concrete or masonry grout inspection please provide the exact time of the pour. Concrete forms must be in place with ALL reinforcement, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and structural equipment installed and fastened in place a minimum of two (2) hours prior to the scheduled pour.

9. When more than one re-inspection is required, or where work is not complete and ready for inspection, the contractor will be charged the expense associated with that inspection.

10. The contractor shall keep an inspection request log on site. The log shall include code inspections, materials tests, and special inspections. The log shall include the following information: the date that the inspection was requested; the date the inspection will occur; the person requesting the inspection and the type of inspection requested.

11. Alterations to existing buildings, new buildings, additions to existing buildings, buildings and spaces which have undergone a change of use and shell spaces which have never been occupied will require a certificate of occupancy from the building official before the space is occupied.

Special inspection log & report

The special inspection company retained by the University to conduct the special inspections as required by the International Building Code shall complete the Special Inspection Log and Report for each event on the job site. This Log is to be kept by the General Contractor or designated responsible construction supervisor. The special inspection company shall submit a copy of the completed Log as backup to each payment invoice.

Special Inspection & Materials Testing Standard 

The University enforces all special testing and materials testing as prescribed in the adopted codes and amendments in the State of Utah (See Codes in Use). The Special Inspection and Testing requirements have been itemized in the University of Utah Code Analysis Form, Part 12. However, this form is not to be construed as a full comprehensive list of all code requirements and it is incumbent upon the design professional and general contractor to comply with all requirements of these codes whether or not itemized on the referenced form. The design professional is to identify and itemize all special inspection requirements for the project in the Code Analysis Form regardless of where these requirements may be included in other portions of the construction documents.

Code Analysis Form – 2018 International Building Code

Amended Construction Documents

 The International Building Code, Sections 107.4 and 106.4, provide direction regarding amended construction documents. All construction phase work will conform to these code-approved documents unless modified by either Deferred Submittals (IBC 107.3.4.1) or Amended Construction Documents (IBC 107.4).

The following items prescribes the protocol amend the code-approved construction documents.

  1. Deferred Submittals: A comprehensive list of deferred submittals is to be included in the original code-approved construction documents submitted by the design professional in responsible charge. Documents for deferred submittal items shall be submitted to the design professional in responsible charge who shall review and stamp them as having found to be in general conformance to the design of the building. These stamped deferred submittals are then forwarded to the building official for code review and approval. The deferred submittal items shall not be installed until the design and submittal documents have been approved by the building official.
  1. Amended Construction Documents: All changes to the code-approved construction documents shall be considered amended construction documents. As such, whether the changes occur as a result of an Architectural Special Instructions (ASI), Construction Change Directive (CCD), Change Order (CO), or by another method, drawings and specifications effected by the change must be submitted to the building official for review and approval before the required Inspections (IBC 110) can occur.
  1. Documentation of Amended Construction Documents: All changes effected to the initial code-approved construction documents must be approved by the building official. Copies of the code-approved changes must be retained either electronically or as a field set of drawings and specifications on the project site accessible for Inspection (IBC 110) purposes.

Requirements for Code Review During Construction

CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY

The International Building Code, Section 111, prescribes the requirements for issuing the Certificate of Occupancy. Before the usage or occupancy of any new building, occupiable structure or existing occupiable building or structure alteration (remodeling) or change of occupancy in an existing structure or building or space, the Building Official must issue a Certificate of Occupancy. Certain mechanical, electrical and other work which requires a permit (See IBC 105), may not be required to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy. Such work, as determined by the Building Official, shall require a final inspection for code compliance only prior to usage or occupancy.

The minimum requirements for the issuing of the Certificate of Occupancy as required above is listed in the document: Certificate of Occupancy Requirements, updated 11/6/2012.