Who will enforce high-rise building inspections if proposed Florida legislation passes?

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Brevard County officials are asking who will be responsible for conducting high-rise building inspections if proposed legislation passes following the deadly Champlain Towers South collapse in Surfside last year.

As of now, inspections are done during the construction process to make sure things are property permitted and safe to open. But once private ownership is in place, it’s pretty much hands off.

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Proposed legislation could change that. The proposed legislation would require inspections for multifamily buildings taller than three stories across the state. The first inspection would be required 30 years after construction, with a follow-up every 10 years after that. The first inspection would come at 25 years for buildings within 3 miles of the coast.

Brevard County officials say the bills making their way through the state legislature don’t spell out who’d be responsible for enforcement.

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“We support and appreciate any measures that the Senate and the House might take that’s designed to keep our residents safe, so obviously support that, but while looking at the bill ourselves, while this is requiring the HOA’s to have these inspections done, who’s the enforcement agency?” said Don Walker, the director of Brevard County communications.

State Rep. Daniel Perez, who is co-sponsoring the bill, said the House bill doesn’t change processes already in place, only the timeline for inspections.

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A recertification inspection is required for buildings 40 years or older that are located in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. But there is no such process in Brevard County.

“This would probably put more onus on the county to be reaching out to these condo associations to make sure they’re doing their due diligence and if not we then do what we’re required to do which is to do inspection and put fines in place if need be,” Walker said.

The House version of the condo bill will be up for discussion on Tuesday in Tallahassee.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.