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Special Inspection

Special inspection is the monitoring of certain critical materials and/or systems requiring the attention of professionals with highly specialized skills and qualifications. The International Fire Code (IFC) and International Building Code (IBC) establish the requirements for providing special inspection services for critical life safety systems including Smoke Control Systems and Fire Stopping.


Special Inspections are conducted during the construction process to verify that work is being done in accordance to approved plans and specifications. Examples of special inspections utilizing a fire protection engineer include smoke control testing and fire stopping.

"Special Inspectors are needed who have 'special' expertise

to inspect critical building components."


Since a Building Official cannot be expected to be an expert in all of the technical building systems contained in a modern structure, Special Inspectors are needed who have "special" expertise to inspect critical building components. When special inspections are required, AHJ's require the project

code books
owner or the owner's agent to employ a special inspector to verify that the materials and the completed installation comply with the approved drawings, specifications and permit documents.


Depending on the type of work being performed, the special inspections may be continuous or periodic. Special inspections are in addition to, not a substitute for, the inspections required to be performed by the jurisdiction, and must be reviewed and approved by the jurisdiction.

Give Allen Engineering a call to ensure your critical life safety systems are installed in accordance with approved plans and specifications.

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