Building boom prompts communities to turn to third-party building inspectors

The median delay for a single-family home permit was seven months in 2015. In some states, builders could expect holdups of six to eight months.

By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | May 27, 2016

The National Association of Home Builders reported earlier this year that the median delay for a single-family home permit was seven months in 2015, up from four months in 2011.

In some states, builders could expect holdups of six to eight months in the busiest markets. Many municipalities are turning to third-party inspectors to alleviate the work backlog. This article asks if this practice is vulnerable to corruption.

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