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Engineer's Liability? (Gravity load only design)

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In a message dated 05/26/05 11:23:37 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, dennis.wish(--nospam--at) writes:
I have informed him of the problems he may inherit on the lateral loads by increasing the roof dead load 400% but he is not concerned since the city of Riverside seems only concerned with whether or not the roof framing can accommodate the gravity load of the new roof material.
In this situation where the City of Riverside is only concerned of the gravity load, what is the liability of the engineer involved if something happened to the structure?  How do you avoid the seismic liability in this case?
A similar situation exists when the plan checker require only the design of the door header for a new door opening that cuts through an existing exterior wall.  
ASQuilala Jr., P.E.