American Society of Civil Engineers

Statute of Limitations for Civil Engineering Liability

by Robert W. Day, F.ASCE, (Chf. Engr., American Geotechnical, 5764 Pacific Center Blvd., Suite 112, San Diego, CA 92121) and Michael M. Angello, (Attorney at Law, 402 West Broadway, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92101)

Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, Vol. 122, No. 2, April 1996, pp. 86-88, (doi:

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Document type: Journal Paper
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to discuss the statutes of limitations as applied to design professional (civil engineer) negligence. There are two main statutes of limitations that affect design professionals. The first statute of limitations is based on the date of completion of work. For latent property defects, the statute of limitations in California is 10 years after completion of the design professional’s work on the project. There can be exceptions to the statutes of limitations, which would suspend (or “toll”) the running of the time period. Examples include willful misconduct, reckless misconduct,

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