The purpose of the City of Charleston Building Inspections Division (BID) Third Party Inspection Program (TPI) is to establish:
When third party inspections (hereafter TPI) can be utilized;
The minimum criteria to become a pre-qualified third party inspector;
The minimum criteria to maintain pre-qualification as a third party inspector;
The processes of conducting TPI including obtaining approval for a specific inspection, scheduling and reviewing previous inspection;
The process of submitting TPI reports;
Disciplinary and revocation procedures; and
TPI Acknowledgement Form.
Third-party inspections are not allowed by right and shall be approved by the Chief Building official prior to commencement of construction. TPI are intended to augment inspections mandated by South Carolina Building Code (SCBC) §104.4 and §110.3 performed by building official or designee. SCBC §104.4 and §110.4 authorizes the building official to accept reports by pre-approved inspection agencies. The building official recognizes the use of TPI as a means to augment the demand on daily City inspection services as a means to maintain services delivery and reduces potential construction projects delays, such as the need for inspection services outside of normal City working hours and City holidays.