40/50 Year Recertification of Buildings

Building Collapse There has been a lot of talk lately about the 40 Year Recertification of Buildings in Florida but truth be told the law that requires recertifications after 40 years and then again every 10 years after that is not a state law if is a Miami/Dade County and Broward County law. The law was first put in place by Miami Dade county in 2001 with Broward County essentially copying the Miami/Dade law in 2006.

The process is primarily a creature of Miami-Dade and Broward counties. It’s an inspection intended to ensure buildings are structurally and mechanically safe and intact as they age.

It requires an engineer to do a study of the building based on its structure, electrical, plumbing, and so on, the study is going to tell, what’s wrong with the building. In south Florida that often means issues with concrete and other structural systems. Living in paradise might be great for people but, sun, wind, salt air, and hurricanes takes a toll on buildings. Regular maintenance painting, waterproofing, and other repairs can slow the toll but not eliminate it.
To learn more, check out https://www.broward.org/CodeAppeals/Documents/40YBSI-INFO-Rev.6-15.pdf