Condo Milestone Inspections

Milestone Inspections

Effective May 26, 2022, mandatory structural inspections are required for condominium and cooperative association buildings three (3) stories or taller. These "Milestone Inspections" are performed by a licensed architect or engineer, authorized to practice in the state of Florida.


Applicable buildings must have a Milestone Inspection once the building reaches a certain age and then every 10 years thereafter.

  • If your building reached 30 years of age before July 1, 2022, the building’s initial milestone inspection must be performed before December 31, 2024.  
  • If your building reaches 30 years of age on or after July 1, 2022, and before December 31, 2024, the building’s initial milestone inspection must be performed before December 31, 2025. 
  • If your building reaches 30 years of age on or after December 31, 2024, it will need to be inspected by December 31 of the year in which it reaches 30 years of age. 

Building age is based on the date the certificate of occupancy for the building was issued. If that is not available, other official building records may be used as evidence of the age of the building. 


These requirements do not apply to single-family homes, two-family homes (duplexes), three-family homes (triplexes) with three or fewer habitable stories above ground or multi-family buildings that are not condominium/cooperative and are classified as an apartment building. Habitable space includes areas for living, sleeping, eating or cooking. Storage or utility spaces are not considered habitable spaces.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Milestone Inspection?

Milestone inspection” means a structural inspection of a building, including an inspection of load-bearing elements and the primary structural members and primary structural systems as those terms are defined in s. 627.706, by licensed architect or engineer authorized to practice in this state for the purposes of attesting to the life safety and adequacy of the structural components of the building and, to the extent reasonably possible, determining the general structural condition of the building as it affects the safety of such building, including a determination of any necessary maintenance, repair, or replacement of any structural component of the building. The purpose of such inspection is not to determine if the condition of an existing building is in compliance with the Florida Building Code or the firesafety code.

Substantial structural deterioration” means substantial structural distress or substantial structural weakness that negatively affects a building’s general structural condition and integrity. The term does not include surface imperfections such as cracks, distortion, sagging, deflections, misalignment, signs of leakage, or peeling of finishes unless the licensed engineer or architect performing the phase one or phase two inspection determines that such surface imperfections are a sign of substantial structural deterioration.

A milestone inspection consists of two phases

(a) For phase one of the milestone inspection, a licensed architect or engineer authorized to practice in this state shall perform a visual examination of habitable and nonhabitable areas of a building, including the major structural components of a building, and provide a qualitative assessment of the structural conditions of the building. If the architect or engineer finds no signs of substantial structural deterioration to any building components under visual examination, phase two of the inspection, as provided in paragraph (b), is not required. An architect or engineer who completes a phase one milestone inspection shall prepare and submit an inspection report pursuant to subsection (8).

(b) A phase two of the milestone inspection must be performed if any substantial structural deterioration is identified during phase one. A phase two inspection may involve destructive or nondestructive testing at the inspector’s direction. The inspection may be as extensive or as limited as necessary to fully assess areas of structural distress in order to confirm that the building is structurally sound and safe for its intended use and to recommend a program for fully assessing and repairing distressed and damaged portions of the building.

If a phase two inspection is required, within 180 days after submitting a phase one inspection report the architect or engineer performing the phase two inspection must submit a phase two progress report to the local enforcement agency with a timeline for completion of the phase two inspection. An inspector who completes a phase two milestone inspection shall prepare and submit an inspection report.

Inspection Report Requirements

Upon completion of a phase one or phase two milestone inspection, the architect or engineer who performed the inspection must submit a sealed copy of the inspection report with a separate summary of, at minimum, the material findings and recommendations in the inspection report to the condominium association or cooperative association, to any other owner of any portion of the building which is not subject to the condominium or cooperative form of ownership, and to the building official of the local government which has jurisdiction. The inspection report must, at a minimum, meet all of the following criteria:

  • Bear the seal and signature, or the electronic signature, of the licensed engineer or architect who performed the inspection.
  • Indicate the manner and type of inspection forming the basis for the inspection report.
  • Identify any substantial structural deterioration, within a reasonable professional probability based on the scope of the inspection, describe the extent of such deterioration, and identify any recommended repairs for such deterioration.
  • State whether unsafe or dangerous conditions, as those terms are defined in the Florida Building Code, were observed.
  • Recommend any remedial or preventive repair for any items that are damaged but are not substantial structural deterioration.
  • Identify and describe any items requiring further inspection.

How will I know if I need a milestone Inspection?

Local government building officials will send notices about required inspections by certified mail. They will send this notice to the condominium association or cooperative association.

The condominium or cooperative association must notify the unit owners of the required milestone inspection within 14 days after receiving the written notice from building officials and provide the date that the milestone inspection must be completed. This notice may be sent to unit owners electronically (e.g. via email) or by posting on the association’s website if the unit owners consented to receive notices electronically.

Submitting a Milestone Inspection Report

You can find instructions on how to submit a Milestone Inspection Report below. You will be able to submit a report starting July 1st 2024.
Milestone Inspection Report Instructions 

Fees, Extensions & Penalties

Information regarding Fees, Extensions & Penalties will be coming soon.