BALCONY Inspections in FLORIDA (Commercial)

Just move this topic to this section. I had it in the General Discusions. Big mistake. Anyhow, I was trying to find out if anybody has come across this type of request and I was asking for feedback. This is a requirement for condos, hotels, etc over three story in heights. Anyhow, we have figured out ourselves.

Here you go my friend (GATOR) Bruce:

(11) Balcony Inspection.
(a) As provided in Section 509.2112, F.S., every public lodging establishment which is 3 or more stories in height, or which has a vertical distance of 17 feet or more from the lowest grade level to any balcony must submit to the division a certificate stating that any and all balconies, stairways, and railways have been inspected by a person who, through education and experience, is competent to inspect multi-story buildings and found by such person to be safe, secure, and free of defects. The term “balcony” is defined as a landing or porch that is accessible to or used by the public and shall include those portions of a building which are unenclosed, except by a railing, guardrail system, balustrade, or parapet. It shall also include those portions of a building which are enclosed by screening or other non-permanent building material.
(b) It is the responsibility of the operator to verify the facts and credentials establishing the competency of the multi-story balcony inspector. Such verification shall be clearly stated on the applicable form.
© Certification of inspection shall be submitted on BPR form 22-030, CERTIFICATE OF BALCONY INSPECTION, incorporated herein by reference and effective 9-25-96. Copies of this form may be obtained from any division office.
(d) The certificate shall be received by the division and the applicable local government agency or office from hotels and motels on or before January 1 of every third year and from other public lodging establishments on or before October 1 of every third year.
(e) The operator shall keep a copy of the Certificate of Balcony Inspection, stamped with the date it was received by the district, available for inspection upon request.
(f) Upon change of ownership, a new certificate of balcony inspection shall be filed.
(12) Resort condominiums, nontransient apartments and resort dwellings are exempt from subsections (1), (2) and (3) of this rule. Establishments opting to provide any of the services listed in subsections (2) and (3) of this rule shall comply with the requirements described herein.
Specific Authority 509.032 FS. Law Implemented 509.032, 509.211, 509.2112, 509.221 FS. History-Amended 1-20-63, Revised 2-4-71, Amended 9-19-84, Formerly 7C-3.01, Amended 12-31-90, Formerly 7C-3.001, Amended 3-31-94, 9-25-96, 1-18-98, 8-12-08.

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And for you Brian: I’m an Engineer and a home inspector and former builder. A question has become a heck of a topic of non-sense. Oh, by the way, according to Florida DPR you do not have to be an engineer nor need to have especial qualifications.

3. Q: Who can conduct a balcony inspection?
**A: **Any person the owner or operator of the building feels is competent, through education and experience, to conduct such an inspection.

For those that leave in Florida and only FLORIDA! FLORIDIANs this is another stream of revenue. Here is the form. The end of the story!…inspection.pdf


Great info John…

Thanks John

John… Have done any of these? What defects have you found/reported?