Department of Building Construction and Inspections
County of Henrico, Virginia
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Building Official
SUBJECT: Qualifications of 3rd Party Inspection Agencies
DATE: Revised November 1, 2010
The Virginia Construction Code requires that each local building official have a written policy establishing the minimum acceptable qualifications for 3rd party inspectors. This policy is also required to stipulate the format and timeframe required for the submission of inspection reports and any pre-qualification, pre-approval or procedural requirements.
The Henrico County Department of Building Construction and Inspections requires that all 3rd party inspectors be either a Virginia registered design professional (RDP- architect or engineer), or be performing under the direct supervision of an RDP in accordance with Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia. The qualifications of individuals performing under the supervision of an RDP shall be the responsibility of the RDP. Use of a 3rd party inspector shall be pre-approved in all cases except when a Henrico County inspector has not performed an inspection within two full working days of the inspection request. The RDP shall submit the pre-approval request by calling either 501-5745 or the specific inspector assigned to the project. The RDP is not authorized to perform the inspection until they are notified that their request has been approved. Beginning on the third work day after the inspection request, the 3rd party inspector can be used without obtaining pre-approval. All 3rd party inspection reports shall bear the seal and signature of the RDP that is approved to perform the inspection. All 3rd party inspections performed under the direct supervision of an RDP shall bear the name (legibly printed or typed) and signature of the inspector in addition to the seal and signature of the RDP. All 3rd party inspections performed before, and including, a framing inspection shall be submitted prior to obtaining an approved insulation inspection. All 3rd party inspections performed after the framing inspection shall be submitted and approved prior to obtaining a final inspection.
All 3rd party inspection reports are required to indicate the time and date of the inspection; the applicable permit number assigned to the work that is being inspected; confirmation that the County approved plans were used during the inspection and that the work conforms to the approved plans and the provisions of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. All 3rd party inspection reports that are submitted via email shall be addressed to email@example.com and originate from the email address of the RDP. The report shall be attached to the email as a .pdf document. The qualifications of individuals that perform the Special Inspections required by Chapter 17 of the 2006 International Building Code shall comply with Section 111 of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. Residential Footing, Firewall Framing and Firewall Insulation inspections that are performed by 3rd party inspectors shall comply with the inspection policies and procedures for these specific types of inspections. Detailed information about the Residential Footing, Firewall Framing and Firewall Insulation inspections can be obtained by download from our website at www.co.henrico.va.us/bldg/ or by calling (804/501-4360) or visiting our offices on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building at 4301 E. Parham Rd.
Gregory H. Revels