Post Concealment Inspections for Special Inspections

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					                                       PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY
                      Department of Development Services – Building Development Division

                                                     Requirements for
                                    Post Concealment Inspections
                                       for Special Inspections
                                                          Version 2009-05-25
1. When Is a Post-concealment Inspection Required?
   When a complaint is received that any of the following events has occurred on a special inspections project or one that
   would have been a special inspections project, a post-concealment inspection shall take place:
      a. Work has started without obtaining a building permit.
      b. Required inspections in a permitted work either not performed or inspections performed by an unqualified
          inspector or any other reason casting doubt on the quality of covered up work.
      c. The Special Inspection Engineer of Record (SIER) is replaced during a project. The new SlER shall conduct a
          post concealment inspection or after due diligence take responsibility for the work already executed.
      d. Work performed in the absence of an inspector.
      e. Contractor chose to conceal an unapproved work.
2. Post-concealment Inspection Process
   The following post-concealment inspections process, in addition to any other County rules and regulations, shall be
   followed to resolve the situation/violation.
   a. Verification of Violations: The Special Inspection Section (SIS) will verify that a violation has occurred.
   b. Pre Post-concealment Inspections Meeting: SIS will contact the Owner to discuss the post-concealment
       inspections requirements. The Owner will be requested to engage the services of a Registered Design Professional
       (RDP), approved with the County, to submit a detailed technical proposal for the post-concealment inspections.
       The RDP, involved in the inspections of the work under violation, shall not be hired to perform the post-
       concealment inspections.
   c. Submission of Proposal: The new RDP, hereon referred to as the SIER, will submit their proposal to the
       Registered Design Professional in Responsible Charge (RDPRC) (SER, AR, MER, GER) for approval and
       onward transmission to SIS for review and approval.
   d. Review of Proposal: If the proposal is not approved by the SER(s) and/or SIS, the SIER will be requested to
       address the deficiencies in the post-concealment inspections proposal and resubmit.
   e. Post-concealment Inspections Meeting: Post-concealment inspections meeting will be scheduled and held.
       (refer to meeting requirements below).
   f. Issuance of Building Permit: A Building permit will be issued after requirements of the post-concealment
       meeting are met, other County policies and procedures are complied with, and applicable fees are paid.
   g. Post-concealment Inspections: The SIER will perform post-concealment inspections after the building permit
       has been obtained. The inspections shall be based on the County approved post-concealment inspections
       proposal.
   h. Review of Post-concealment Inspection Report. The post-concealment inspection report is a signed and sealed
       written report 1 prepared by the SIER upon completion of the post-concealment inspection. The report shall be
       submitted to the SER(s), with a copy to SIS, for review and approval. The SER(s) will submit their approved
       reports to the SIS for review and approval.
   i. Correction of Deficiencies in the Report: If the SER(s) and/or the SIS reject the report for lack of compliance,
       the owner and/or the SIER will be requested to address the comments by the SER(s) and/or the SIS and step ‘h’
       will be repeated.
   j. Acceptance of Report: When all deficiencies have been corrected, SIS will perform a final walk-through of the
       project before the report is accepted.
Please note that although the post-concealment inspections may be completed, wall and ceiling concealment, other
trades inspections, and final inspections may be required by the Construction Inspections Branch.

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  The SIER will establish their own format for this report to be self sufficient record of performed inspections and their results. The
Final Report of Special Inspections may be utilized for this purpose in which case the Post-concealment Inspection Proposal will be
replaced by the Statement of Special Inspections.
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3. Post-concealment Inspection Meeting Requirements
   The following people must attend the meeting:
   a. The Owner or the Owner’s authorized representative.
   b. The Special Inspection Engineer of Record (SIER), hired by the Owner, to perform the post-concealment
      inspections.
   c. The Structural Engineer of Record (SER).
   d. The Architect of Record (AR). Their presence is optional unless they are the Registered Design Professional in
      Responsible Charge (RDPRC) or there are items of Special Inspections that are architectural related (e.g., Sprayed
      Fire-Resistant Material (SFRM), Exterior Insulation, and Finish System (EIFS), etc).
   e. The Mechanical Engineer of Record (MER) provided the project has a smoke control system. The MER will sign
      off as RDPRC for Smoke Control System.
    The SIER must be on the list of Approved Third Party Engineers with Prince William County (PWC). If they were
    involved in the work which was performed in violation of the approved design drawings or the building code
    requirements, they will not be eligible to perform the post-concealment inspections. Prior to the post-concealment
    meeting, the SIER shall submit a proposal to SIS and the SER for review and approval, indicating how the work will
    be verified to bring the work to compliance. The proposal must be supported with resumes and certifications of
    engineers and technicians who would be performing the inspections, and the current laboratory accreditation
    certificate of the inspections and testing agency that will perform material testing.
    The SER is the same person that signed and sealed the design structural drawings. In the case of pre-engineered
    buildings, there are two SERs: one that designs the pre-fabricated metal building, and the other who designs the
    footings and foundations.
    Exceptions:
        I. If the SER is not available due to extenuating circumstances, they may be represented in the meetings, for site
           visits, for the approval of shop drawings, concrete mix designs, design changes, etc. by another Virginia
           certified professional engineer provided the SER writes a letter to the SIS nominating such a person.
           However, the responsibility for the project stays with the SER who will be signing and sealing the Final
           Report of Special Inspections.
       II. For pre-engineered buildings, the exception is in Chapter 7 of the Special Inspections Manual.
    The Registered Design Professional in Responsible Charge (RDPRC) is the registered design professional acting
    as the owner’s agent who specifies the elements of special inspections to be inspected by the SIER. The RDPRC is the
    same registered design professional who sealed and signed the construction documents submitted to the County
    for review. The RDPRC could be the SER, AR, MER or GER, depending on who signed and sealed the construction
    documents.
    The terms SIER, SER, AR, GER, and RDPRC refer to individuals and not organizations (see definitions in the
    Special Inspections Manual).
4. Building Permit Number and SIS Office Location
   The relevant Building Permit Number must be noted on all correspondence and submissions. Separate documents
   have to be submitted for each permit even though two projects with separate building permits may be located on the
   same site.

The meeting, preferably, will be held at the construction site. Alternatively, the meeting will be held in one of the
conference rooms in the Development Services Building, 5 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA 22192, which
will be identified at the time of scheduling the meeting.
Contact the Special Inspections Branch at:         Special Inspections Section
                                                   Building Construction Review Branch
                                                   Building Development Division
                                                   5 County Complex Court, Suite 120
                                                   Prince William, VA 22192
                                                   Tel: 703-792-6112 or 703-792-6930
                                                   Fax: 703-792-7054
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