Real Estate Term of the Day: Building Codes, Building Inspection & Building Permit
BUILDING CODES – regulations established by local governments describing the minimum structural requirements for buildings; includes foundation, roofing, plumbing, electrical, and other specifications for safety and sanitation (Barron’s Dictionary of Real Estate Terms)
All 50 states have adopted the I-Codes (published by the ICC or International Code Council) and according to their website (www.iccsafe.org) provide minimum safeguards for people at home, at school and in the workplace. The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention codes. Building codes benefit public safety and support the industry’s need for one set of codes without regional limitations.
Most municipalities and counties in Metro Denver have adopted the 2006 I-Codes or the 2009 I-Codes and the 2008 National Electrical Code or 2011 National Electrical Code. According to the National Fire Protection Association who establishes the NEC codes, NFPA is responsible for 300 codes and standards that are designed to minimize the risk and effects of fire by establishing criteria for building, processing, design, service and installation in the United States.
BUILDING INSPECTION – physical review of the property as it proceeds under construction to ensure that each major component meeting building codes : foundation, plumbing, electrical wiring, roofing, materials, etc (Barron’s Dictionary of Real Estate Terms)
BUILDING PERMIT – permission granted by local government to build a specific structure or reconfigure an exist ion building at a particular site (Barron’s Dictionary of Real Estate Terms)
Below are the links to the local county building/development department offices in Metro Denver that can provide you a good starting point for your building process in regards to building codes, building inspections & building permits:
- Adams County
- Arapahoe County
- City and County of Broomfield
- City and County of Denver
- Douglas County
- Jefferson County
Please know that some cities in Metro Denver may have additional building codes, inspection requirements and differing building permits process. Contact your city’s building department to ensure you are compliant with their requirements.