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New Qualification Requirements to Serve as Plan Reviewers and Inspectors for School Construction Projects

Effective September 25, 2007, the revised Health Life Safety Code for Public Schools Part 180, requires that Plan Review Records, which are written records of the evaluation of construction documents that are used to determine compliance with the codes that apply to a particular project, be reviewed by the regional superintendent prior to the issuance of a building permit. The Plan Review Records for each code that applies to the project must be signed and dated by design professionals or qualified plan reviewers. In order for an individual other than a design professional to serve as a qualified plan reviewer, he or she must first make application with the Illinois State Board of Education.

In addition, the revised rules require that Called Inspection Records, which are forms used during a called inspection to capture information regarding compliance and noncompliance with approved construction documents, be reviewed by the regional superintendent prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy. The Called Inspections Records must show the design professional or qualified inspector's signed authorization to proceed after each phase of construction. In order for an individual other than design professionals to serve as a qualified inspector, he or she must first make application with the Illinois State Board of Education.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Weitekamp at (217) 785-8779.

bullet ISBE Qualified Plan Reviewers and Inspectors

Qualified plan reviewers and inspectors that are licensed architects and licensed professional engineers can be found at the following license lookup feature from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation: