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Credentials to review and inspect questioned?

rktect 1

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I recently had an email come to me and ask if a permit would be required for a plug and play stair lift for a single family home. I asked him a few questions like will new electrical be required or if this was a group home etc etc. Along with getting the answers back I was questioned as to what qualifies us to even review this or inspect it. Depending on my answer he wrote that these were questions he would bring up at the "right time". :eek: I was asked to let him know asap as the ladys hip and knees are preventing her from sleeping in her bedroom.

I love this job. :confused:;)

And yes, I did explain to him our qualifications which IMHO are substantial. Asked him to contact me if he detailed information on our qualifications for his education
 

Pcinspector1

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"Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!

Aske them if they have a business license?:D
 

ADAguy

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Its a SF, ADA doesn't apply. If it is a plugin it is an accessory item. Is this a group home or just a homeowner asking?
 

ICE

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Before I answer questions I ask for the address. There’s no point in having a discussion if the property is not within our jurisdiction.

When asked what qualifies you to review or inspect you might remind him that you didn’t volunteer.....
 
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Jenks

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Is this the building code forum or the electrical inspectors/ electricians forum. I think it's the TBCF.
 

Harp

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Depending on my answer he wrote that these were questions he would bring up at the "right time". :eek:
That sounds like he was urging you to give him the answers he wanted. I'd like to know what, if anything, comes of that. I've had some similar situations. They leaned more toward what gave us the right to require permits and inspect "small" jobs instead of credentials. I have explained that in addition to the code, our city has strict ordinances regarding what has to be permitted and inspected, and its part of the price of living in a nice area.

Here's a fact sheet that might save someone a long email or phone call: International Code Council Fact Sheet
 

Jenks

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Yes . Somewhere in the United states of America we lost common sense. Now ruled by codes that are forced upon us. Many of which are not given a reason why. Yes we need to live by rules. But they need to be explained why. Simple. I learn something everyday of my life. Don’t claim to know everything. I’m so willing to learn any reason why. But so hard for these people ;that take their authority , and think they,don’t need to tell us what to do , with out a reason.
 
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