Permit Holders General Information
It is the responsibility of the permit holder or contractor to call for inspections at specific times during construction. Inspections are made during certain points in the project. For example an inspection is made on reinforcing steel size and spacing, size and depths of footings before the concrete is placed for a concrete slab. Stickers are placed at designated locations and are signed off by the inspectors after an approved inspection. The project is not complete for legal purposes until the final inspection.
WHO DOES THE INSPECTIONS?
The Building Inspection Department is staffed by professionally qualified licensed or certified Electricians, Plumbers, Building Inspectors, Plan Examiners, Code Enforcement Officers, and Building Officials. Inspectors' office hours are from 7:30 am to 9:00 am and from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Inspectors are out in the field performing inspections from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
INSPECTIONS RESPONSE TIME
Inspections should be called in before 9:00 am for the same day service. All calls for inspections after 9:00 am are set up for the next working day. If you work during our regular business hours and need special inspection times, please let us know so that we can work to assist you in the best way possible.
SPECIAL INSPECTION FEE WILL BE CHARGED FOR:
- Same day frame inspections
- Certificate of Occupancy inspections
- Calls after 9 a.m. for inspections on the same day
- After hours or before hours inspections
SPECIAL INSPECTION FEES WILL NOT BE CHARGED FOR:
- Same day come back inspection on rejected work if the inspector has time to make the inspection during regular inspection hours.
A correction notice is issued whenever an inspector has made an inspection and finds an item or items that does not meet the minimum code requirements. No further work can be done which would cover the deficient areas until the item or items identified have been corrected and reinspected.
STOP WORK ORDER
A Stop Work Order is issued when a valid permit for doing work at the address is not found and a permit is required for the project or a correction notice has been issued and corrections have not been made. Work shall not continue until the "Stop Work Order Release Fee" is paid, a permit has been obtained and the work inspected conforms with applicable codes and ordinances. If you have obtained a permit please contact us so we can revise our records. If you have any questions, contact our office.
CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY
A Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) is required for all commercial buildings or structures prior to the occupancy or use of the building. A C.O. will not be scheduled or issued until all electrical, mechanical, and plumbing is finaled. A release from Engineering for site drainage/ retention on Commercial Buildings may be required before a C.O. is issued. A C.O. is also required for existing buildings, check with Building Inspections for requirements on existing buildings. Changes in use of an existing building may trigger code requirements that may not have been required for the original building. A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy may be issued by Building Inspections for occupancy of portions of a building or structure prior to the completion of the entire building or structure for an additional fee.
In new home construction, renovations, and additions, a final building inspection is required for occupancy. All electrical, plumbing, and mechanical work as well as finish grading must be finaled before a Building Final is given.
WHAT IF I DON'T AGREE?
If an inspector identifies an item for correction that the permit holder feels is correctly built or installed as per code, then they may contact the supervisor. The succession of the order for appeals is the Assistant Building Official, Building Official, Department Director, Assistant City Manager, City Manager, Board of Building Standards, and ultimately the City Council or District Court. Most issues can be clarified or a solution provided within the Building Inspection Department.
BOARD OF APPEALS
In order to hear and decide appeals of orders, decision or determinations made by the Building Official relative to the application and interpretation of Building Code, there is a Board of Appeals consisting of members who are qualified by experience and training to pass on matters pertaining to building construction and who are not employees of the City.
The Board of Appeals shall have no authority relative to interpretation of the administrative provisions of this code nor shall the board be empowered to waive requirements of this code. If an appeal goes before the Board and that appeal is denied, then within 30 days from the date of the hearing, an appeal from the decisions of the Board of Building Standards may be made through a District Court. Requests to appear before the Board shall be made in writing ten (10) days prior to the meeting. The Board meets first Wednesday of each month.
ALTERNATE METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION
The provisions of the Building Code are not intended to prevent the use of any material, alternate design or method of construction not specifically prescribed by the Building Code, provided any alternate has been approved and its use authorized by the building official.
The building official may approve any such alternate, provided the building official finds that the proposed design is satisfactory and complies with the provisions of this code and that the material method or work offered is, for the purpose intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed in this code in suitability, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability, safety and sanitation. The customer is responsible to provide proper documentation and evidence of suitability for each alternate proposed.
TEMPORARY UTILITY SERVICE
Temporary electrical/gas/water services may be requested and granted for up to 90 days for the purpose of construction, or testing of equipment. A release form must be signed and on file in the Building Inspections Office prior to the utilities being released. The structure for which Temporary Service is granted cannot be occupied without a final inspection, Certificate of Occupancy, or a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. Fees will be assessed for these services.
Exceptions to this are Condemned Properties. The Board of Building Standards Policy prohibits Temporary Service to Condemned Properties except for water for 30 days.
Assistant Building Official
2009 International Building Code
2009 International Residential Code
2009 International Existing Building Code
2009 International Plumbing Code
2009 International Mechanical Code
2009 International Fuel Gas Code
2011 National Electrical Code
2000 International Energy Conservation code with 2002 supplement
2009 International Fire Code
Minimum Standards for Buildings and Structures
(Chapter 8, ArticleVI, Division 6 of the City of Abilene Code of Ordinance)(2013)