A Special Inspection is required by the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code for material testing, installation, fabrication, erection or replacement of components and connections requiring special expertise to ensure compliance with approved construction documents and codes. Special Inspection is required for items listed in the International Building Code or the Arlington County Special Inspections Program Manual.
The Structural Engineer in charge of design of the structural elements of the building is to identify those components that are subject to special inspection as required by the code. The Structural Engineer of Record must submit a Statement of Special Inspection provided by the Inspection Services Division (ISD) as part of the building permit application and construction documents.
An ISD plans examiner will review drawings and the Statement of Special Inspection to verify that the building elements identified by the Structural Engineer of Record are subject to Special Inspection.
When a structure has been identified to be subject to a special inspection, the owner or his/her representative must do the following prior to permit issuance:
- Review and comply with the Special Inspections Program Manual
- Complete and return the Arlington County Statement of Special Inspection form
- Schedule and attend a pre-construction meeting
All fees and costs related to the performance of special services provided by third-party inspections are paid by the building owner.