Milestone Inspection

On May 26, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill 4-D related to building safety within the State of Florida, specifically the requirement for condominiums and cooperatives to conduct milestone inspections at specified times during the life of the building. Pursuant to Florida Statutes 553.899, mandatory structural inspections for condominium and cooperative buildings must be completed by December 31, 2024, to ensure that such buildings are safe for continued use.

Law Requirements

The law requires that a condominium or cooperative must have a "milestone inspection" performed for each building that is 3 stories or more by December 31st of the year in which the building reaches 30 years of age, and again every 10 years thereafter. 

  • If the building is located within 3 miles of a coastline, the inspection must be performed by December 31 of the year in which the building reaches 25 years of age, and every 10 years thereafter. 
  • If a building’s certificate of occupancy was issued on or before July 1, 1992, the building’s initial milestone inspection must be performed before December 31, 2024. 

Exemptions: These requirements do not apply to a single-family, two-family, or three-family dwelling with three or fewer habitable stories above ground.

Two phases for inspections

Certified letters will be mailed to condominium and cooperative associations at the beginning of the year in which the milestone inspection is due. Inspections are due within 180 days of receipt of the letter, unless due date is specified. 

The milestone inspection consists of two phases: The first phase is a visual inspection by a licensed architect or engineer: If substantial structural deterioration is identified, the second phase commences, including a full assessment of the areas of structural distress. 

Submit inspection reports to Village of Tequesta Building Department

Phase one and two reports must be submitted to the Village of Tequesta building department directly from the design professional who performed the inspection. The Structural Safety Inspection report Form must be completed in its entirety and submitted with the milestone inspection report as a cover sheet to permits@tequesta.org.


Resources

Florida Statute 553.899

Village of Tequesta Code of Ordinances - Ordinance No. 13-23