Do Building Inspectors Make You Safer?
In the building trades we see the results of a government program
that is supposed to be a benefit to society, but because it is a government
monopoly it harms a lot more than it helps. Im talking about building
inspectors. We are told that without them all the buildings would be unsafe
— “not up to code”
— and that would cause death and destruction.
So, people in the trades are forced to buy permits, follow a lot of
stupid rules that dont improve anything, and spend valuable time waiting for
permits and inspections, causing increased housing costs for the consumers.
Does it make sense to have to wait weeks (or months) for the
approval of a bureaucrat who can barely read the plans, when the building was
designed by architects and engineers? What real purpose does this serve?
If building inspectors (or the local building departments) were
really supposed to be upholding standards of safety, wouldnt they be held
responsible for their oversights, errors, and quality of buildings they approve
and inspect? If you were to hire somebody to make sure that a building was safe,
wouldnt they have to guarantee their work?
Not so with government building inspectors. They are protected
from being held responsible by laws saying that you cant sue them for their
mistakes, even if you can prove that they purposely approved buildings that
they knew were unsafe.
In the building trades, it is common knowledge that the way to get
a project approved quickly is to provide labor, materials, equipment, etc. to
work on the inspectors property, give cruise ship vacations or airline tickets,
or otherwise “grease the wheels” of the bureaucracy. Otherwise, your
project might never get approved, inspectors will always find reasons to hold
you up, and the project costs will skyrocket far higher than the costs of the
Isnt that the nature of government monopolies
— high costs, poor
service, corruption, and no responsibility?
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