Frequently asked questions
Building codes exist so municipalities can provide directions and standards regarding residential and commercial property within that city boundary. At their core, building codes exist to promote health, safety, and welfare of the residents and guests to that city. Codes Count seeks to empower the 24:1 communities to adopt clearly written codes based on the best practices available from the International Code Council (ICC).
Building codes protect public health, safety and general welfare as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structures.
Codes Count will benefit the 24:1 community residents by:
- Property maintenance improves the value of your home and your neighbor’s home
- Building codes provide for a better quality of life, they are designed for health, safety and welfare
- Building awareness of the training program for current city staff and individuals interested in being certified inspectors
- Educating residents and the community about the role of building codes, how to follow them, and how to get help from their cities
Community engagement connects the codes to the residents. Cities participating in Codes Count will be hosting meetings specifically to help residents and businesses understand the role of building codes, what they can do to promote health, safety and welfare, and where they have limitations. Contact your elected officials or city hall and ask specifically about how you can participate in providing feedback or ideas related to the Codes Count effort. Active engagement by residents like you will improve this process for your city.
There are three pieces of relevant information when asking about following codes.
- A property owner must be aware of and follow the codes where that property is located.
- Each municipality should have an inspector on staff or under contract to provide building code information to property owners. This trained and certified neighborhood revitalization inspector will help identify buildings or land where codes need to be followed and will share that information with property owners.
- Noteworthy, is that code violations are not a criminal issue, and law enforcement is not a reasonable solution. Contact your city hall officials if you have concerns about your property or others where code compliance can be improved.
Existing building are not exempt. Building codes are for the enhancement of property surface areas, meaning the exterior, such as tall weeds and grass, falling or hanging gutters, exterior painting, broken windows, dilapidated accessory structures, and vacant structures.
Codes Count creates a structure for updating municipal building codes to the 2015 standards, and with grant funding, Beyond Housing is facilitating this process for municipalities in the 24:1 community. There are no costs to residents to implement Codes Count.
If your property or building remains complaint with the codes in place when it was
constructed, there are no costs to you. If such a time comes when your property
is not compliant, there will be a cost to you to make repairs that are responsive to
the updated codes.