City of Tampa Issues Update on Inspections (COVID)
NEW INSPECTION OPTIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS EFFECTIVE MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020 In response to COVID-19 concerns and the need to protect clients and inspectors, following is an updated outline of the available inspection options for construction and development effective Monday, July 13, 2020. Until further notice, the following inspection options are available for conducting inspections of Occupied Structures. The Client may select the most suitable option for their project, subject to the guidelines described below. Please direct any questions to the Development Services Team at 813-274-3100. Inspections should be scheduled following the normal process, through Accela. Upon request, a two-hour time window will be provided when a contact name, number, and inspection option are included in the inspection request comment area. Once contact is made with the client, the inspection option will be confirmed with the client. Essential Guidance for City Inspections All inspections must follow CDC COVID-19 recommended safety precautions, including having all individuals keep a separation of at least 6 feet from the Inspector and anyone near the Inspector must wear a face covering. If any person is unable or unwilling to wear a face covering, they cannot be present or near the Inspector during the inspection. For more information, please refer to CDC Guidance. All ‘Threshold Projects’ must follow CDC safety recommendations as well as the City of Tampa's "Threshold Building Guidelines for COVID19 protections" available here. https://www.tampagov.net/planning-anddevelopment/construction-site-safety-program IN ALL CASES, an Inspector may request the following added protections: That materials on or around the inspection site be appropriately sanitized prior to conducting the Inspection. That the floor level or area being inspected be cleared of all personnel prior to the inspection. That buck hoists and elevators be limited to only the operator, foreman, and inspector. Alternate Inspection Options During Covid-19 The City of Tampa inspectors are currently able to perform all inspection requests. If you are not comfortable to have an in-person inspection due to COVID concerns, the following options are available until further notice.