In order to ensure that Inspection Agencies are qualified to perform Third Party Inspections, they must provide the Code Official with documented evidence that they comply with the minimum qualification requirements set forth in the Construction Codes and the Procedure Manual and such evidence must be reviewed and approved by the Code Official.
In order to be approved to participate in the Third Party Inspection Program, each Inspection Agency must submit an application to DCRA so its qualifications can be reviewed and evaluated. The application must include the Professional-in-Charge and a list of the Inspectors affiliated with the Inspection Agency who will perform or supervise Third Party Inspections.
By undertaking code compliance inspection duties, the Inspection Agency acknowledges that it is in compliance with all of conditions of the Program and attests that the personnel involved under the Program are qualified in accordance with the applicable statutes and regulations and this Manual.
The Application Package
The application package must include the following:
- A detailed statement of the Inspection Agency’s qualifications pursuant to 12A DCMR, this Procedure Manual and the Homestart Regulatory Act, including the qualifications of Professionals-in-Charge and Inspectors.
- A quality assurance plan, which includes details about the internal processes for ensuring that the Inspection Agency will perform assigned inspections, report nonconforming items to the attention of the contractor, provide timely reports for each inspection visit and submit a final signed report.
- A notarized sworn affidavit, signed by the Inspection Agency, attesting that the Inspection Agency, its Inspectors, and the Professional(s)-in-Charge, will remain independent of conflict of interest in accordance with the Homestart Regulatory Improvement Amendment Act of 2002, codified as D.C. Official Code, 2001 Ed. §6-1403.01 et seq. (2006 Supp.).
- Proof of Insurance Coverage
- Testing and Inspection Agencies accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) only need to provide evidence of a current IAS accreditation.
The following applications should be completed and mailed or scanned and emailed along with all supporting documentation listed above to the DCRA Third Party Inspection Coordinator, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC, 20024.
If you have questions please contact the Third Party Inspections Program at 202-481-3551 or via email.
Conflict of Interest Statement
The Third Party Inspection Agency and/or Inspector shall not be owned or controlled by the Owner of the Project, the General Contractor, the Subcontractors or any person or entity responsible for the construction or management of the Project, the registered design professionals of the Project or their firms, any Permit Expediter (permit runner) or any other party or entity associated with the Owner’s interest in the Project.
The Inspection Agency and/or Inspector shall not have served or serve, on the same Project, as an advisor or consultant to the Owner or the design team in connection with code matters for which the Inspection Agency or Inspector is providing Third Party Inspections , while at the same time providing those consulting services.
A person, or a firm with which that person is affiliated as an owner or employee, who has performed any work for a project for which the property owner or the authorized agent has elected to use Third Party Inspection Agencies and/or Inspectors, including inspectors of architectural and structural plans, mechanical plans, plumbing plans, and electrical plans, shall not be eligible to serve as a Third Party Inspector or Inspection Agency for any component on the Project.
Code Compliance, Inspections
Service at a Glance
Provided By: DCRA
Location: 1100 4th Street SW Washington, DC 20024
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- Use a Third Party Inspection Agency
- Submit Third Party Inspection Reports
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