Our Service Areas Map

40 year structural certification inspections
EMA engineers perform 40 year structural certification inspections for structural condition assessment in Orlando, Daytona, Melbourne, St. Augustine, Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg

The 40-year structural certification was created in 2005 and is now in effect throughout Broward County. Modeled after Miami-Dade County’s program which has been in effect since the 1970s, Broward’s program calls for a structural and electrical safety inspection for all buildings 40 years old or older and then every ten years, thereafter.

Exempt from this program are:

  • One- and two-family dwellings
  • 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, some cities could not implement the program in 2006. However, all jurisdictions are current with inspections and plan reviews and therefore are ready to implement the program in their respective city.

Please review the following information for:

Each municipality has the authority to establish a fee to review the Safety Inspection Reports. There is a $300.00 fee, at the time of submittal, for the City of Fort Lauderdale Building Department to review the reports.

After review of the reports, if the building is determined to be safe you will not be required to have another 40 year structural certification Building Safety Inspection for ten (10) years. In the event the report proves there are structural or electrical deficiencies, the owner shall have one hundred eighty (180) days from the date of the report to obtain the required permit(s) and complete the necessary repairs.

If the 40-Year structural certification Building Safety Program affects your property, you will receive a certified letter with information about what you need to do.

40-Year or Older Building Safety Inspection Program

The Broward County 40-Year or 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
  • 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 structural certification inspections for Older Building Safety Inspection Program.  When a building reaches 40-years or older, 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.  

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 the 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 fee, at the time of submittal, for the City of Hollywood Building Department to review the property owner’s 3rd party reports. There is no fee for resubmissions/rechecks.

http://claimsresource.ambest.com/search/CompanyDisplay.aspx?dpid=47189&nid=6