The Building Codes division of the Building and Development Standards Department develops and maintains city ordinances concerning installation and maintenance of building, electrical, mechanical, gas, plumbing, and other systems. Division employees supervise and perform inspections of buildings to ensure compliance with applicable codes, regulations, and city ordinances, and develop code change.
Division supervisor Ruthie Helms plans, organizes and administers activities of the building inspections program. She also:
Administers compliance with City’s regulatory codes
Assists the Fire Marshal with maintenance inspections on existing buildings
Conducts building plan reviews to determine code compliance before the issuance of permit
Inspects old and dangerous structures for compliance with standard housing code and unsafe building abatement code
Interprets and explains codes, ordinances and regulations to contractors, homeowners and other interested parties
Investigates and responds to complaints related to violations of City ordinances, ensuring subsequent compliance
Oversees site visits for code compliance and inspections
Responds to citizen questions
Schedules public hearings and maintains a library of codes adopted for public inspection
The office is also over the Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals.