|Pursuant to Section 8-11(f) of the Miami-Dade County Code, the owner of a building that has been in existence for 40 years or longer is required to have the building inspected to determine the general condition of the building structure and its electrical systems.
The City of Coral Gables Building Division mails letters to owners of property that have been in existence for 40 years or longer. Click here for properties requiring Recertification in 2016. The only structures exempt from this requirement are single family residences, duplexes and minor structures*. Once receipt of the City letter of notification, the building owner will have 90 days to submit a written Recertification Report to the Building Official, prepared by a Florida registered professional engineer or architect, certifying that each building or structure is structurally and electrically safe for the specified use for continued occupancy.
In the event the repairs or modifications are found to be necessary resulting from the recertification inspection, the Building Official can grant an extension up to 150 days from the date of the city “Notice of Required Inspection” letter to obtain the necessary permits and complete the repairs or modifications.
If the report is not submitted within the specified time, the building will be deemed to be not in compliance with the County Code, which will result in revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy of the building, as well as other penalties provided in the Code such as being forwarded to the City's Construction Regulation Board for further determination.
After the structure is certified to be safe for occupancy, a recertification is required every 10 years.
Each page of the electrical and structural report must be signed and sealed by the engineer or architect. In addition, if there is more than one building on the property, please submit a site plan or copy of a survey showing the location of each building. The building which is the subject of the 40-Year Recertification report must be clearly identified on the site plan or survey submitted.
For guidelines in preparing a Recertification Report: Click here for the structural component, and click here for the electrical component.
Fees and Submittal Location:
There is no application required to submit the report. The submittal must include the Building and Electrical Recertification Report and cover letters from the Architect or Engineer preparing the individual Reports. The processing fee in the amount of $380.63, plus the additional fees for document preservation, can be paid with cash, credit card or a check payable to the “City of Coral Gables,” at:
Development Services Department
405 Biltmore Way, 3rd Floor
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
For More Information:
For questions regarding the 40-Year Building Recertification requirement, please contact the Building Division at (305) 460-5250.
*Note: Sect. 8-11(f)(iii) of the Miami-Dade County Code clarifies that minor structures are those structures in any occupancy group having an occupant load of 10 or less, as determined by Table 1003.1 (FBC) Minimum Occupant Load of the Florida Building Code and having a gross area of 2,000 sq. ft. or less.