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Apr 2016 | DISRUPTIVE LEADERSHIP

BUILDING PERMIT OVERSIGHT RESULTS IN MUNICIPAL CLAIM
BARB SZYCHTA, FRANK COWAN COMPANY

Once a municipality makes a decision to conduct building inspections, it is, at law, held to owe a duty to present and future property owners as well as the public at large, to properly review plans, conduct inspections, and issue building permits. Liability for negligent building inspections arises at two major stages of the construction project. These are the plan approval stage and the on-site inspection stage. In the following claim, a municipality faced liability because it approved and issued a permit without checking its file on the property. If the municipality had checked, it would have seen that the builder was required to submit a lot grading and drainage plan in addition to the building plans.

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