Inspection Sheet

Welcome, and we begin with Chapter One An inspection sheet is a living document. We use the phrase “living document” because it is an updated document every time there are changes to the tent permit application.

Welcome to Chapter 1 Inspection Sheet

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Inspection Sheet Checklist Definition

Inspections sheets involve a checklist, which helps AHJ’S thoroughly assess each area for a potential hazard and pinpoint specific instances that may cause life safety issues.

Chapter 1 : Functions of an Inspection Check List

Identifying life-safety tent and membrane structure code infractions before a disaster is an essential part of an inspection.

Inspection List Begings With a Permit Preview

Reviewing the permit application It’s association with the model code and its requirements IBC Chapter 31 Special Structures  – Regulation  3102.1 Membrane Structures Less than 180 Days refer to the IFC Chapter 31 Tents and Other Membrane Structures Plus State and Local code restrictions. A warning we are using the KISS logic “Keep it Simple Stupid

Creating an Inspection Sheet

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Creating or Updating an Inspection Check List

The next step is creating an Inspection Sheet Begin with opening the permit application using the permit as a reference. The first step is to create a permit outline. However, if you find the permit is not requesting, or missing regulations may I suggest that you go back and fix the permit process and then create or modify your inspection sheet. A reminder: the inspection sheet is a guideline for the AHJ or a third-party inspector who ends up with the responsibility to inspect the event, which allows us to follow our KISS formula.  Permit Example 1# Permit Example 2#

Inspection Sheet Foundation Begins With:

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Construction Documents

Manufacturers Installation Guidelines


Construction Documents... IFC 3103.6

The IFC regulation for “Construction Documents.” These documents usually are available thru the tent and membrane structure Manufacturers Installation Guidelines. The end of the report are photos illustrating the results, and the most important is the anchoring diagram. Frame Tent Manufacturers Installation Guideline. Review by placing the mouse pointer on PDF Image or Blue Text and click with left button.  However, there are additional options, and these possibilities are exceptions.


So when do you grant exceptions? Each jurisdiction should create a policy as to when to initiate exceptions. Size can trigger this procedure, the number of attendees, and risk assessment. Once the administration establishes this system, the next step is forming your exception procedures and publishing the procedures for the AHJ and special event partners.

I Present to You My Favorite Model

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The Eraser Model for Really Big Mistakes

Before we move on there is a significant model you should incorporate into your inspection process…. The Eraser Model for Really, Realy Big Mistakes I cannot take all of the credit for the eraser model because one of my advisory board members who is a Chicago Area Building Code Inspector, told me that it is much easier to use an eraser to fix a problem on paper than on the job site. His suggestion is to:

  • Establish a policy of reviewing the construction documents, and determine that the construction documents are compliant with the regulations.
  • However, if there is an error in the permit documents correcting the problem on paper is far more productive than discovering the infraction on onsite.
  • You may also have eliminated the possibility of a loud and animated discussion on the job site.

Therefore, we have established a simple process for developing an Inspection Sheet. Onward to the physical location and construction documents…

Authorizing an Operational Permit

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Site Plan...

Your packet of Construction Documents should include site plans. The first inspection step begins with “Site Location.” The site location information is available from the construction documents or the permit application. However, I would strongly suggest that there are construction documents that you as an AHJ can follow versus information on the permit application. The same construction documents should also have the structural design information and floor plans.

We begin by arriving at the…

Location... IFC 3103.3

The first thing you should consider upon arriving at the location is whether the site location creates any safety concerns for those who will attend this event. A significant safety infraction at this point is a bit late in the permitting And you laughed at our Eraser Model! The next step is the…

Documents, Drawings, and Certificates...

Will your permit request an approved design drawing from a registered design professional or was there a pre-approved exception granted for the tent or tents? Using the construction documents as a reference is the installation following the manufacturer’s guidelines? If not, ask the contact person “why.” Are there Flame Certificates available? After you are satisfied with the structural design, we continue with your inspection course… 

The Floor Plan...

The next step is the floor plan. Referencing the slide regulation numbers, you can validate egress, aisles, fire extinguishers, and occupant load. Once you are satisfied that the construction documents match the on-site configuration you have completed the floor plan.

The Means of Egress...

I want to point out the egress chart and the design drawing. The layout drawing has 18 tables with eight chairs. Assuming there is not standing room guest only we have 144 people at our event. Notice that the Means of Egress table requests two exits for 10-199, and the design drawing has one.  Here is another example where a permit review would catch this infraction. My I boldly say, “the eraser model strikes again.”

Construction Document Guidelines

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Construction and Manufacture's Installation Guidelines

We begin using the construction documents or installation diagrams as a guideline to match the code regulations to your inspection sheet. Once you are on site, start by following the inspection sheet guidelines. After you have finished with your inspection sheet, review the installation documents, which should be available at the job site, and decide if there are additional validation issues or regulations that you and the contact person should address. Once you are satisfied that the site has fulfilled its obligations, approve the construction document portion of your inspection. If not, do not authorize an operational permit.

We Finally Reached the End, But

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Inspection Sheet Quiz

Before we continue with our Inspection Course we are going to take a short quiz. Move your mouse pointer and click on the “Pop Quiz” image.