Building Safety & Inspections

Community Development Staff
Codes protect the public's health, safety and welfare. We all need protection from tragedy due to fire, structural collapse and general deterioration of the structures that surround us: our homes, schools, stores and manufacturing facilities. Building codes provide protection by reducing potential hazards to building occupants.

Codes keep construction costs down. Codes provide uniformity in the construction industry. This uniformity permits builders and materials manufacturers to do business on a larger scale - statewide, regionally or nationally - than if construction was unregulated. Larger scale allows cost savings which are ultimately passed on to the consumer.

Codes provide consistent standards in construction. Codes establish predictable and consistent minimum standards which are applied to the quality and durability of construction materials.

Codes contribute to the well-being of the community. The preservation of life and safety as well as the maintenance of property values over time are a direct result of the application and enforcement of building codes.
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"I have worked with most of the counties in our area and you guys were a great help to me when I started at David James Homes. I called several times and was completely walked through the process by Karissa. Even when I called her again, just to verify I had not missed a step, she graciously helped me to go through what I was about to send in and then led me into the zoning and building permit process for my next step. I love the fact that I can do the final steps online. It makes my job so much easier and saves me having to run down to the Building office an extra time." - David James Custom Homes

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