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Re: BUILDING CODE: Certificate of Occupancy

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not much to reply except to say "DANM I thought I was paranoid.... so when a plan checker, inspector or  other building official questions your work "it must be a conspiracy... poor bill, I may be a paranoid malcontent but I can say I'm glad I'm not you.  
ALSO: In the 20+ years I spent as a professional building official I have NEVER seen an inspector or other building official "let go" except for incompentance. And what the hell is a red tag", and how does one get training in "redtagging"....... yes I've red tagged many, many structures AFTER considerable damage was done by seismic ground motion. The training I received was invaluable.  

--- On Tue, 6/30/09, Bill Polhemus <bill(--nospam--at)> wrote:

From: Bill Polhemus <bill(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Re: BUILDING CODE: Certificate of Occupancy
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 12:05 PM

ron buchko wrote:
as a former building official for a very large jurisdiction..... I disagree with your suspicious mind that "building inspectors" can do very much at all during his/her inspections to "change" the occupancy category....

I guess what I'm saying is simpler than that.

Follow the money:

1) Construction starts are down, ergo the same for construction permits, and the fees they bring in to the city's Building Department.

2) Less construction activity = less inspections. But the inspectors are civil service employees, and are not going to be let go.

3) Since these inspectors have some time on their hands, why not send them around to various existing building sites, and just "see what they can see?'

4) The "red tag" for this particular building tenant states "submit your plans and specs and pay the fees to have them reviewed and approved." Otherwise, there will be a citation, and resulting fine. Note that this church has been there for six years, and another church was there before them for some number of years.

It's just not that hard for me to see this money-trail. I could be wrong. But these "red tags" were all over the place in this particular office park, not just this one church.
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