I began working with building officials when I was 16 or 17 years old, so I’ve been involved with building departments for more than half of my life. If you include my dad’s experience, which I learned from, you could say I’ve been doing this since the first part of the 1970s.

Over time, my company has worked with a number of authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) and many building inspectors. We have had struggles with a few inspectors, but with most of them, we’ve had excellent relationships. Hopefully, some of the lessons I’ve learned will help you in your building endeavors.

I’ll break this down into three main parts: what the inspector’s job is, what my company does to prepare for an inspection, and what we do when we disagree with an inspector.

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