40 Year Recertification Broward County
The 40 Year Recertification Broward County of Older Building Safety Inspection Program was created in 2005 and became effective throughout Broward County in January 2006. Modeled after Miami-Dade County’s program which has been in effect since the 1970’s, Broward’s program calls for structural and electrical safety inspections for buildings 40 years old or older and every ten years thereafter. Exempt from this program are:
One- and two-family dwellings, with a gross floor area less than 3,500 square feet
U.S. government buildings
State of Florida owned buildings
Schools under the jurisdiction of the Broward County School Board
Buildings built on Indian reservations
All buildings under 3,500 square feet
Both Broward and Dade County have had instances of structural building failures. This program helps minimize the possibilities of future building failure and better prepares us for hurricane winds. Because of Hurricane Wilma, the worst storm to impact Broward County in 50 years, some cities could not implement the program in 2006.
The City of Hollywood works with Broward County to ensure buildings in our City, 40 years and older, are in compliance with the Broward County 40 Year recertification of Older Building Safety Inspection Program. When a building reaches 40-years or older (calculated by the actual year built), a notice is sent by the City to inform the building owner of record to have a structural inspection performed by a 3rd party certified architect or engineer and an electrical system inspection performed by a 3rd party license electrical contractor. The engineer’s report will identify any deficiencies, which will necessitate repair permits. It is the sole responsibility of the property owner to hire a 3rd party Florida registered Professional Engineer Architect and Electrical Engineer to perform the required inspections. The property owner has 90 days from receipt of this letter to complete the inspection and have their engineer submit the report to the City.
After review of the reports, if the building is determined to be safe property owner’s will not be required to have another Building Safety Inspection for ten (10) years. In the event the engineer’s report proves there are structural or electrical deficiencies that pose an immediate threat to life, health, safety or where failure of a critical component is imminent, the property owner shall have 180 days from the date of the report to obtain the required permit(s) and complete the necessary repairs.
Once repairs have been made, the building’s engineer will certify the building as safe for continued occupancy for the next ten years. The final report, along with the review fee shall be submitted to the City by the property owner. There is a $300.00 administrative fee, at the time of the Building Safety Inspection Program report packet submittal, for the City of Hollywood Building Division to review the property owner’s 3rd party reports.