While plan reviewers and building officials have the authority to question any document submitted, provided the evaluation report complies with the building code and requested supporting documentation is submitted, there is no reason why it should not be accepted.
Sometimes TER’s are denied due to misconceptions of what they are and what’s required (such as when they think an NOA is required). In that case, Engineering Express can work with the reviewer to explain and illustrate the code process. Sometimes Engineering Express can assist with a simple phone call or email, and sometimes an hourly consulting fee or fixed fee for additional documentation is necessary.
In the end, building officials cannot make up rules, they are bound to enforce them. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, but with the right tenacity and professionalism, eventually code compliance will prevail. There’s no telling what that will take or the risk and reward, but it’s a legal and compliant process.
Contact the office to discuss your issue or site specific need.
May 12, 2016 844 General
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