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Adriene,Don't think all your liability is waived if they don't hire you for CA. Talk to your lawyer. This is language that we use:If the Owner chooses not to include Construction Phase Services as part of this Agreement, the Owner shall be solely responsible for interpreting the Contract Documents and observing the Work of the Contractor to discover, correct, or mitigate errors, inconsistencies, or omissions. If the Owner authorizes deviations, recorded or unrecorded from the documents prepared by the Architect, the Owner shall not bring any claim against the Architect and shall indemnify and hold the Architect harmless from and against all claims, losses, damages, and expenses, including but not limited to defense costs and the time of the Architect to the extent such claim, loss, damage, or expense arises out of or results in whole, or in part from such deviations, regardless of whether or not such claim, loss, damage, or expense is caused in part by a party indemnified under this provision.-Rick
In the north east, a number of building departments require the architect to observe construction and at the end of construction, sign a document stating the same. It releases the building department of some liability for the inspections. I would suggest you speak with the local building department and see if there's a requirement. If there is, you have to let the building department know the Owner requested you not observe the construction. Some villages have forms to fill out and some will issue a stop work order; others won't care. In that case, I believe you're still liable if the house is built exactly to the plans. If the contractor changes anything, he's responsible. The headache of course is, if there is a problem, you're entangled and have to know if something was changed.