Special inspections services that ensure your project is completed as designed and approved

We use our technical expertise in construction and compliance to help you create quality spaces that meet your needs.

Re-imagine the special inspections process with a highly coordinated team

How would your construction or alteration project change if special inspections were smooth, timely, and headache-free?
Our service model and process are geared towards eliminating the most common challenges our clients face.


Full visibility into the inspections progress

Streamlined and efficient processes

Professional team members

Clear and transparent communication

Together with our partner companies CodeGreen, Rizzo Group, and Banksia, USBL offers special inspections, code, zoning and land use consulting, permitting and expediting, sustainability consulting, and fire/life safety consulting and inspections. This broad offering of compliance, safety, sustainability, and resilience services makes life easier for our clients, who can depend on us for each of their projects.

Special & Progress Inspections for Construction

Helping our clients deliver or occupy their spaces in a compliant, safe, and efficient way, we offer special inspections required for any construction project. We work closely with Owners, Project Managers and Contractors to streamline the inspections process while ensuring Clients and Project Team Members are up to date on progress through project sign off.

Code Compliance Inspections

To ensure your building is meeting code requirements for documentation of testing, we offer inspections and associated reporting to ensure compliance for testing of specialty equipment and systems like EM Generators, Smoke Controls and Smoke Curtain Systems. Don’t wait to receive a violation to comply!

OT (Architectural) and Progress Inspections

We inspect rated partitions for proper construction as well as review existing and new construction for proper fire-stopping, fire-proofing, emergency lighting (Public Assembly spaces), and egress path marking. Upon completion of the work, UBSL performs a final construction inspection per Directive 14.

  • Fire Resistive Penetrations and Joint (Fire-Stopping)
  • Spray Fire Resistant Materials (Fire Proofing)
  • Mastic and Intumescent Fire-Resistant Coatings (Intumescent Paint)
  • Luminous Egress Path Markings
  • Fire Resistance Rated Construction (Progress)
  • Public Assembly Emergency Lighting (Progress)
  • Final Inspection (per Directive 14 of 1975)
Energy Code Inspections Including

Most projects require an analysis of energy usage to file for permits. We verify that the lighting (fixture type and quantity), insulation, duct sealing and testing, electric motors, and water heating equipment are properly installed and meet the project specifications.

  • Insulation Placement and R Values
  • Air Sealing and Insulation – Visual
  • HVAC and Service Water Heating Equipment
  • Duct Leakage Testing
  • Interior Lighting Power
  • Lighting Controls
  • Electrical Motors
Specialty and Miscellaneous Inspections

In addition to smoke control and emergency and standby power systems, UBSL has experts on staff to inspect and oversee testing of kitchen exhaust systems (duct leakage and insulation) and on-site storm water drainage disposal systems and detention facilities.

  • Smoke Control Systems
  • Emergency and Standby Power Systems
  • Kitchen Exhaust leakage and Insulation
  • Private On-Site Storm Water Drainage Disposal Systems and Detention Facilities
Mechanical Inspections

Inspection of mechanical / HVAC systems is usually a multi-step process. We work with the project team to ensure that all approved component parts of the system are in place and connected, and oversee testing if required by code or project specifications.

  • Mechanical Systems
  • Smoke Control Systems
  • Fuel Oil Storage and Fuel Oil Piping Systems
  • Emergency and Standby Power Systems
  • Heating Systems
  • Chimneys
Sprinkler / Standpipe (Fire Suppression Systems)

Sprinkler and standpipe systems are critical for life safety in your buildings. We witness hydrostatic testing and perform inspections of piping, hangers / suspension systems, sprinkler heads, and fire suppression coverage for conformance with the NYC-DOB approved drawings.

  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Standpipe Systems
Structural Inspections

Whether it’s new construction or modification of existing structures, UBSL can perform a full range of structural inspections from sub-grade, piles, concrete cast in place, steel erection (welding / bolting / details) to curtain wall / window wall systems to ensure the stability of the new work.

  • Structural Welding
  • Structural Bolting
  • Structural Details
  • Structural Cold Formed Steel
  • Concrete Cast in Place
  • Masonry
  • Sub-Grade Inspection
  • Piles and Deep Foundation Elements
  • Wall Panels, Curtain Wall and Veneers
  • Structural Stability Existing Buildings

See our special inspections services in action


New York Presbyterian Hospital – Queens

Empire State Realty Trust


Comprehensive special inspections for any construction project