40-50 Year Structural Certification

Is YOUR building’s 40th birthday around the corner?

40-50 year Recertification / Certification for Miami-Dade and Broward Counties by ACG
If your building’s 40th anniversary is nearing, you’ll want to know about county requirements that may affect you as a building owner.

40-50 Year Structural Certification / Recertification

The 40-50 Year Certification is required for buildings 40 years or older that are located in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. An inspection and recertification are repeated every 10 years following the building’s 40th year anniversary.

An Important Note: Even you haven’t received a notice from your respective county or city code compliance department, it is YOUR responsibility as property owner to comply and acquire the initial 40/50-year certification, as well as the recertification every 10 years thereafter.

EMA Engineering Services:

Your 40-50 Year structural Certification / Recertification Experts
The 40-50 year structural recertification / certification inspections must be done by or under the supervision of a qualified professional engineer or architect.
EMA Engineering Services is qualified to complete all 40-50 year structural certification / recertification inspections for buildings in both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. If you’re not sure about the specific requirements for these inspections, the following information will help ensure you stay compliant. And EMA is here to take care of all the details when it’s time for your inspection.

For Miami-Dade County, every building in excess of 2,500 square feet and NOT classified as a non-single family home must comply. Exemptions for Miami-Dade are:

  • Single Family Homes
  • Duplexes
  • Buildings with an occupant load of ten (10) or less and 2,000 square feet or less

For Broward County, every building larger than 3,500 square feet must be inspected and certified…with the following exemptions:

  • One (single family) and Two (duplex) family dwellings
  • Schools under the jurisdiction of the Broward County school board
  • All buildings under 3,500 square feet in size
  • U.S. Government and State of Florida buildings
  • Buildings built on an Indian Reservation.

What is the 40-50 Year Certification process?

The certification process includes structural integrity and electrical safety inspections. Here’s how the process flows:

  • You receive a notice. You have 90 days to have a Florida Registered Architect or Engineer inspect the property and provide a sealed Building Safety Inspection Certification to the city.
  • Your submittal must include both the structural and electrical package, as well as the permit application. A licensed professional must complete a form that identifies required repairs OR a statement that no repairs are needed. It must be submitted IN PERSON (mailed reports are not accepted) with a $200 payment. If the building is classified as safe, no inspections are required for ten years. If structural and/or electrical deficiencies are indicated, you have 180 days to obtain necessary permits and complete specified repairs.