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I don't practice much in CA, but section 1702 of the UBC has always worried me.  You may look at it and see if your project is in that group.

Jake Watson, P.E.
Salt Lake City, UT


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From: "Bill Allen, S.E." <T.W.Allen(--nospam--at)cox.net>
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Date:  Fri, 15 Apr 2005 08:41:09 -0700

>I'm working on a project in Yorba Linda, California which is now under
>construction. I'm trying to schedule a structural observation. I wanted this
>to occur after the city inspector has been there. The contractor has
>informed my client (the architect) that the city requires a letter from the
>architect or engineer that "stating that they are accepting of the work"
>(words from architect, not city -  I'm trying to get clarification now)
>before the inspection by the City.
>
>Isn't this problematic? Two things bother me. The first one is the word
>"approve" (rather than "no exceptions taken" or "did not observe any
>conditions contrary to the design" or something to that effect). The other
>thing is writing this letter prior to inspection. Is this to get the
>inspector off the hook?
>
>Anyone have any experience with this?
>
>Thanks,
>
>T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA #2607)	
>ALLEN DESIGNS	
>Consulting Structural Engineers	
>http://www.AllenDesigns.com	
>V (949) 248-8588	 .	 F (949) 209-2509	 
>
>
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