Operations of the Department include permits and inspections.
Services include technical assistance on code matters, review of plans and construction documents for code compliance, issuing of building permits and monitoring of progress on approved work.
Permits are required for all new construction, alterations and some repairs. Permits also are required for installation of electrical and plumbing fixtures. Permit fees are based on the value of the work done.
The Department also issues real estate sign permits. The fee is $50; the permit is valid for six months.
Code Enforcement Services include conducting point of sale and rental occupancy inspections of all residential, commercial and industrial properties when there is a change in occupancy.
The residential (home or apartment) inspection fee is $50. The fee for commercial or industrial property is $100 for a building up to 10,000 square feet. For buildings larger than 10,000 square feet, the fee is one cent per square foot.
The Department also conducts exterior maintenance inspections and investigates complaints. The Building Department is authorized to issue violation notices and citations.
Unsafe, vacant structures
The Department will board up unsafe and vacant structures, file complaints in court to require the repair or demolition of unsafe buildings and secure judgments for demolition of properties that constitute a hazard.
The Building Department utilizes model codes developed by independent agencies such as the Building Officials and Code Administrators and the Council of American Building Officials.