What do Frankfort, Ky., and Los Angeles, Calif., have in common? At first thought the answer of most would probably be “Nothing,” but in actuality they share a very important relationship for the masonry industry. They both have code requirements for the special inspection of masonry.

Special inspections are intended to ensure the structural integrity of the construction. The International Building Code (IBC) 2003, Section 1704, requires that the special inspector be a “qualified person who shall demonstrate competence, to the satisfaction of the building official, for inspection of the particular type of construction or operation requiring special inspection.” Demonstration of this competence is done through examination, certification, or other means acceptable to the building official.