Engineer’s Structural Certification Letter

 

Need an Engineer’s Structural Certification Letter?

Here’s a simple checklist for working with your engineer to get your Engineer’s Structural Certification Letter and foundation inspected & certified(no matter how big or small).  A passing inspection and Engineer’s Structural Certification Letter allows the “City” to give you your “Certificate of Occupancy” and close your project:
  • Find a Structural Engineer who performs Structural Inspections (Yes, we do Structural Inspections!).
  • Hire the Engineer before your pour concrete if possible.
  • If you do not have a foundation design, get one. You’ll probably save some money in the long run.
  • Email your foundation sketch to the Engineer (if you do not have a drawing or sketch, that’s OK, but if the engineer gets to your site and determines the foundation violates code, the engineer must make a repeat inspection for added fees).
  • Schedule your engineer to inspect your foundation (big or small).
  • Request the engineer to provide you with the “Standard Engineer Letter” and send it to Development Services so you can get your “Certificate of Occupancy” and close your
  • permit (or, just give us a call and we’ll put you on the schedule).

Make sure you check with your local building permit department for their specific requirements. Here’s an example of a city ordinance requiring an engineer’s inspection and certification letter:

… In order to obtain a permit, applicants must be the homeowner or registered as a residential builder and must complete the Foundation Repair Permit and submit it to the One Stop Counter at the DBS Center or any of the City’s Service Centers. This application and the permit must be available at the job site. This permit cannot be obtained using the department’s on-line permitting system. A double fee will apply for failure to get a permit before starting work. The specific requirements for each foundation type are as follows:

 

Slab on Grade – This type of repair needs to be designed and inspected by a professional engineer, licensed by the state of Texas. In order to clear the foundation inspection, the engineer letter must specifically indicate that the drainage away from the foundation meets the minimum requirements of the City’s current building codes. Failure to include this information in the engineer letter will result in receiving a “partial pass” Foundation Inspection and will require the permit holder to schedule an Inspection in order for the department to verify that the drainage away from the foundation meets the minimum requirements of the code.
Pier & Footing – Applicants must state the type and number of piers that will be repaired and/or replaced. This type of repair or replacement work needs to be designed and inspected by a professional engineer, licensed by the state of Texas. An engineer letter must be submitted to clear the foundation inspection. NOTE: IF THE ENGINEER LETTER DOES NOT MATCH THE PERMIT APPLICATION, YOU WILL RECEIVE A “PARTIAL PASS” INSPECTION. IN ORDER TO CLOSE THE PERMIT, YOU WILL NEED TO EITHER SUBMIT A SECOND ENGINEER LETTER OR SUBMIT A REQUEST TO AMEND THE PERMIT (A PERMIT AMENDMENT FEE WILL APPLY).
The ICC Residential Building Code has additional requirements based upon the scope of work as follows:

 

Wood Sill/Beam/Girder/Shimming Repair or Replacement – This type of work must be designed and inspected by a professional engineer, licensed by the state of Texas. In order to clear the foundation inspection, the engineer letter must specifically indicate that the repair or replacement of the wood sills, wood shim, beam, girder, meet the minimum requirements of the City’s code. Failure to include this information will result in receiving a “partial pass” Foundation Inspection and the permit will remain open until the department receives verification from the engineer that the wood sills, beam, girder, shimming meet the minimum requirements of the code.
Skirting Removal, Repair or Replacement – If the scope of work requires you to alter the skirting, the permit holder is responsible for the additional requirement to schedule a Final Inspection to allow the department’s building inspectors to inspect the work for venting, subfloor access, and drainage. If the engineer letter specifically includes an inspection for venting, subfloor access, and drainage, a Final Inspection will not be requires.
If you are building in San Antonio, all engineer letters should be standardized using a template and submitted to Development Services.

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DIAGNOSE STRUCTURAL DEFECTS.

"...Our structural foundation & building inspections are done in strict accordance with Texas ASCE guidelines. Having completed 1,000 + structural & forensic investigations statewide, our engineers are among the most respected in the business..."

Structural Inspections. What are they?

A structural inspection checks the "health" of a building's structural systems. Local soil characteristics, building performance history, and site storm drainage conditions all play a role in diagnosing building system structural defects. Prescribing proper structural repairs requires knowing the precise nature of building defects.

PROTECT YOUR ASSETS.

"...Repair costs for home and building structural foundation systems have skyrocketed in recent years. Structurally defective home and building systems can diminish the value of an otherwise marketable asset..."

Structural Inspections. Why get one?

"...Peace of mind is by far the most frequent reason for getting a structural inspection. Properly done, a structural inspection can reveal a building's hidden performance issues before they become costly structural failure problems..."

TEXAS LICENSED EXPERTS.

"...Our principal engineers have years of actual structural forensic and expert witness testimony experience in various legal forums across the State of Texas..."

Lineberger Consulting Engineers. Why hire us?

"...We are Texas licensed. Our engineers are among the best and brightest in the business, each having testified as experts in various Texas legal forums. Structural inspections and building investigations are our specialty..."

EDUCATION. TRAINING. EXPERIENCE.

"...Credible structural analysis and defect diagnosis require advanced levels of education, training and experience. Our engineers have decades of actual forensic, civil, geotechnical, and structural engineering professional practice experience..."

What qualifies a Texas licensed engineer to inspect a structural foundation system?


JEFFERY L. LINEBERGER, PE

“...Engineers are required to practice only in their area(s) of competence. However, very few Texas licensed engineers possess the education, training and experience to competently perform structural foundation and building inspections..."

In practice, it takes many years for engineers to gain the requisite experience and skills to properly inspect structural foundation and building systems.  Hiring an inexperienced licensed engineer to check the health of your home, office or building foundation system can have far reaching economic implications.  Can you really afford a "do-over"?

ABOUT TEXAS LICENSED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS.

ASCE Foundation Evaluations - Structural Inspections
According to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, “There is no requirement in the Texas Engineering Practice Act to practice engineering only in the area that engineer was tested for during the Principles and Practice exam”.  The bottom line?  “…All engineers are required under the Act to practice only in their area(s) of competence…”  Its as simple as that.
Most practicing engineers consider structural engineering to be a sub-specialty of civil engineering practice.  This is because civil and structural engineering overlap in many of their technical aspects. Still,  structural engineering  may be considered a stand alone profession in its own right.
Structural engineers commonly design buildings and large non-building structures.  They also design machinery, medical equipment, vehicles, or any item where structural integrity affects the item’s function or safety. Structural engineers must make sure their designs are safe, serviceable, and perform as intended.  Structural engineering is based upon scientific theory and practical experience.  A structural engineering design often combines several simple structural elements to create complex structural systems.
Structural engineers are licensed or accredited by different regulatory bodies around the world.  In Texas, the Board of Professional Engineers governs the practice of professional engineering. The Texas board considers all engineers to be professional engineers, regardless of whether they are Civil, Structural, Mechanical, or some other type of engineer.  A licensed engineer may practice in the area for which they are qualified by education , training, and experience. A Texas professional engineer may choose to formally register up to two specialty practice areas with the board.  However, this registration of up to two specialties is not mandatory and does not prevent an engineer from practicing in the multiple specialty areas for which they are qualified.
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DIAGNOSE STRUCTURAL DEFECTS.

"...Our structural foundation & building inspections are done in strict accordance with Texas ASCE guidelines. Having completed 1,000 + structural & forensic investigations statewide, our engineers are among the most respected in the business..."

Structural Inspections. What are they?

A structural inspection checks the "health" of a building's structural systems. Local soil characteristics, building performance history, and site storm drainage conditions all play a role in diagnosing building system structural defects. Prescribing proper structural repairs requires knowing the precise nature of building defects.

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TEXAS LICENSED EXPERTS.

"...Our principal engineers have years of actual structural forensic and expert witness testimony experience in various legal forums across the State of Texas..."

Lineberger Consulting Engineers. Why hire us?

"...We are Texas licensed. Our engineers are among the best and brightest in the business, each having testified as experts in various Texas legal forums. Structural inspections and building investigations are our specialty..."

EDUCATION. TRAINING. EXPERIENCE.

"...Credible structural analysis and defect diagnosis require advanced levels of education, training and experience. Our engineers have decades of actual forensic, civil, geotechnical, and structural engineering professional practice experience..."

What qualifies a Texas licensed engineer to inspect a structural foundation system?


JEFFERY L. LINEBERGER, PE

“...Engineers are required to practice only in their area(s) of competence. However, very few Texas licensed engineers possess the education, training and experience to competently perform structural foundation and building inspections..."

In practice, it takes many years for engineers to gain the requisite experience and skills to properly inspect structural foundation and building systems.  Hiring an inexperienced licensed engineer to check the health of your home, office or building foundation system can have far reaching economic implications.  Can you really afford a "do-over"?

ABOUT TEXAS LICENSED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS.

ASCE Foundation Evaluations - Structural Inspections
According to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, “There is no requirement in the Texas Engineering Practice Act to practice engineering only in the area that engineer was tested for during the Principles and Practice exam”.  The bottom line?  “…All engineers are required under the Act to practice only in their area(s) of competence…”  Its as simple as that.
Most practicing engineers consider structural engineering to be a sub-specialty of civil engineering practice.  This is because civil and structural engineering overlap in many of their technical aspects. Still,  structural engineering  may be considered a stand alone profession in its own right.
Structural engineers commonly design buildings and large non-building structures.  They also design machinery, medical equipment, vehicles, or any item where structural integrity affects the item’s function or safety. Structural engineers must make sure their designs are safe, serviceable, and perform as intended.  Structural engineering is based upon scientific theory and practical experience.  A structural engineering design often combines several simple structural elements to create complex structural systems.
Structural engineers are licensed or accredited by different regulatory bodies around the world.  In Texas, the Board of Professional Engineers governs the practice of professional engineering. The Texas board considers all engineers to be professional engineers, regardless of whether they are Civil, Structural, Mechanical, or some other type of engineer.  A licensed engineer may practice in the area for which they are qualified by education , training, and experience. A Texas professional engineer may choose to formally register up to two specialty practice areas with the board.  However, this registration of up to two specialties is not mandatory and does not prevent an engineer from practicing in the multiple specialty areas for which they are qualified.
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