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Question DetailsAsked on 6/15/2016

After the fact inspection electrical

I'm in Smyrna, Georgia. We did not get a rough electrical permit! Inspector is asking for a After the fact Electrical Inspection from a company that does this type report/leter

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I would suggest calling the inspector, make clear that you want to do this right, and ask if he just means an inspection and letter from a licensed electrical contractor that he inspected the system and saw no code violations or flaws or fixed any he saw, or if he means he wants an Electrical Engineer from an Architect/Engineearing firm to do a Professional Engineer's inspection and report that any observed flaws/violations were corrected ? I would suspect in your area, that a letter from any licensed Electrical contractor is what he means - but verify this.

Also ask if they have a specific form or format they want used for the inspection letter.

Then the problem will be getting an electrical contractor (assuming that is what is called for) who will do inspections and report on DIY jobs. Many will do it if the walls are still open, if they have been closed in the readiness to do that goes down because they cannot inspect stapling interval, for any improper concealed in-wall boxes or splices, etc. You may have to call around, and be prepared to tell them what the inspector specifically siad he wanted in the inspection and report - many may be willing to do an inspection and letter/invoice stating they inspected and (after any follow-up repairs) found no observed deficiencies, but will not sign off as the project electrician on the permit application as if they had done all the work, if that is what is meant by the inspector. Whole different ball of wax between an engineer or contractor doing an inspection report regarding what he observed, and taking responsibility on the permit or design as if he had done it when he did not.

Quick web search popped up these two names in your area who state they do that type of work (no vouching for them - check company ratings/reviews on Angies List for that) - Affordable Electric, and Flash Electric. Undoubtedly many more in your area who do, especially if you include Marietta, Sandy Springs, and Atlanta metro area in your search radius. If you find contractors are resistant to this, when they say they do not do that ask if they know one who might.

And be sure to tell them EXACTLY where you are located, in case they need a Smyrna contractor license to work in your area, because a lot of contractor's will work out of their business license area (typically each county or city requires its own business license whereas Contractor's License is usually state-issued), but you can bet for this purpose the inspector may check if the contractor who's report is submitted is actually licensed to do business in Smyrna (or Cobb County if outside city limits). You don't want to pay a contractor for a report that is useless to you.

Also - have in mind before you talk to them whether you are going to want to repair any deficiencies yourself (meaning a return visit or two with additional charge bvy the contractor to re-inspect your repair work) or if you intend to possibly let him do any repairs. Of course, once he makes up his inspection list, then have him put a formal quote on what it will take to pass the "inspection", and you can decide then - but of course if he does it that should guarantee it passes his own inspection, if you do it it is possible he will be back for another couple of visits, depending on your DIY abilities.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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