What is code enforcement?
Code officials (Building Official, Fire Official, Building Inspector, Fire Inspector, Construction Inspector) play a major role in ensuring that all commercial, residential, public assembly and other buildings within a governmental jurisdiction are constructed in accordance with the provisions of the governing building code. Building code provisions address structural stability, fire safety, adequate means of egress (exits), sanitation, safe wiring and more. It is the code officials’ responsibility to protect the public health, safety and welfare in relationship to the built environment through effective code enforcement.
How does the code enforcement process work?
The process is initiated with an application for a permit to construct or remodel a building. The Building Department is responsible for processing the applications and issuing permits for construction or modification of buildings in accordance with the adopted codes. This begins with a review of the construction plans for compliance with the building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, zoning and other local design codes. Once construction has begun, the Building, Fire and Construction Inspectors make inspections as necessary to determine compliance with the codes. If a deficiency exists or if the building or a component does not comply with the code, it is the responsibility of the code official to issue orders to correct the illegal or unsafe condition. The Building Official, and his department, ensures that official records are kept pertaining to permit applications, permits, fees collected, inspections, notices and orders issued. The documentation provides a valuable resource of information if questions arise during and after the construction process. Because construction may occur in steps or phases, the Inspectors may need to conduct multiple inspections; therefore, an exact number of inspections will vary with the particular building design and construction sequence. In addition to these requirements, the Building Official and Inspectors also assist designers and builders by interpreting the code’s application to a particular construction situation; by explaining minimum requirements, answering questions and by investigating and resolving complaints involving existing buildings and sites. Because of their commitment to building safety, our buildings stand, our communities prosper and our homes are safe.
Have a question regarding permits or code enforcement?
Contact the Building Department at 573.302.2030 or