Building Permits & Inspections

Responsibilities


This department is responsible under the Uniform Statewide Building Code to enforce the Building Codes as they relate to the manner in which a building is constructed, altered, renovated or has a change of use, to assure that it is sound and reasonably safe:

Field Inspections


The Department, in addition to review of applicants and plans, also performs various field inspections. These include:
  • Performing on-site inspections to assure compliance with all new construction regulations
  • Inspecting existing commercial buildings when applications are made for business licenses when a change of use is proposed.
  • Administering the inspection program for new elevator installations as well as elevator maintenance and amusement rides to ensure public safety
  • Performing electrical inspections on structures that are vacated a minimum of thirty days

Assistance


To assist the other departments:
  • Assist when called on for damage assessment
  • Provide technical assistance
  • Determine the occupant load and use of buildings

Staff Services


Finally staff:
  • Verifies applicants for tradesman certification
  • Verifies state as well as city licenses
  • Provides technical assistance to private architects, engineer, contractors and homeowners.