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Fla. Virtual Inspection Law Could Lead To Liability Issues

By Andrew McIntyre (October 5, 2021, 5:07 PM EDT) -- A new Florida law allowing for certain inspections to be done remotely will likely speed up construction projects, but it could also create a fresh slate of liability issues for building departments and app developers, experts say.

The law, known as S.B. 1382, took effect on July 1 and allows for some inspections to be done over videoconferencing platforms. Created amid the backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the hope is that the virtual option will help the inspection process move more quickly.

Structural elements of buildings that are more than three stories high still require in-person inspection, but plumbing, electrical...

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