Most governing jurisdictions abide by codes as set forth by the International Code Council (ICC). Code requirements are in place and enforced for the public protection ,safety, and health. Each jurisdiction may adopt and amend codes to conform with each community.
Municipal and County code requirements can have great impact on both commercial and residential construction projects. Code compliance items can be as minimal as adding a few smoke detectors in a residence, to as monumental as the installation of an automatic sprinkler system or elevator hoist within a commercial or multifamily structure. Compliance with Building Codes can affect project cost and production timelines.
Through each phase of construction, City and/or County Building Inspectors are scheduled to review the elements of the project for compliance with proper construction practices and all applicable codes. Ultimately, without the approval of the Building Inspectors, occupancy certificates for the dwelling or building are not issued.
It is imperative to be cognitive of code requirements when setting up an insurance policy or budgeting for a construction project. Most insurance policies have coverage in place to cover costs associated with code compliance/upgrade. But, be aware that there are policy limits associated with code related expenses. It is always advisable to review these policy limits with your insurance provider to make sure you are fiscally protected in the event of an emergency or catastrophe.