Building owners, builders and contractors are now in a new position to fight back against “overzealous” government inspectors who have issued an “invalid certificate of occupancy” (ICO) on their properties, according to the American Institute of Architects.
The issue is a common one, but the AIA has taken it to the forefront.
The organization has posted a statement on its website that states that “the AIA supports the right of the owner to revoke a building permit if the certificate of ownership is not valid, and that we are opposed to any arbitrary use of the ICO.
The AIA is also opposed to ‘overzealously’ issuing an ‘invalid’ certificate.”
The AIO is a federally mandated tool that allows for inspectors to issue an “incorrect’ or “inaccurate” certificate of possession.
The federal government issued an ICO in 2015, but it was only effective for certain types of buildings, and not for other types of properties.
However, the AIO has been extended for another two years, meaning that it is now valid for all kinds of structures and structures that are built on federal land, including private land.
“We believe that the ICs should be revoked immediately, because the process does not make sense for the majority of property owners in America, and we oppose the issuance of the current ICOs.””
Our members are calling for Congress to remove the ICOs from the building permit process so that owners can revoke the ICAs and the building owners can use their property to create an affordable, sustainable housing community that provides affordable housing opportunities to people of color and other low-income residents of our country,” the AIS said.
“We believe that the ICs should be revoked immediately, because the process does not make sense for the majority of property owners in America, and we oppose the issuance of the current ICOs.”