Building codes address the minimum standards necessary for new construction, renovation, and repair of buildings. Topics may include but are not limited to, foundation, grading, structural support, ventilation, roofing, heating and air, electrical, plumbing and drainage.
Most building codes require a building permit to be obtained before new construction or a substantial renovation will be able to begin. Applying for a building permit is known as “pulling a permit”. Typically, only the owner of the real estate or a licensed general contractor can pull a permit. Before a permit is applied for, it is recommended to have the specialty professionals like MEP engineers review the building plans to ensure your plans have the best of being approved.
Realistically, getting a permit is only half the battle. A code enforcement inspector will ensure that the work complies with the building code by inspecting the work. If it doesn't, the inspector will indicate why the project doesn't meet the code, and the builder will have to remedy the issues to come within compliance.
Anytime you undergo an inspection on a commercial construction site, there’s the chance of being given a notice of violation of a specific commercial building code. The codes provide a baseline of regulations from which builders can use to construct safe structures. Left unfixed, this violation notice can turn into anything from a large fine to closure of the structure and construction delays.
Because of the negative effects from building code violations, you should address the issues in question as soon as possible. Fixing building code violations is a simple process, though, requiring little more than contacting the right repair people and finishing the repair process in time for the follow-up inspection. Approaching the problem in a timely and efficient manner is the key, but done correctly should have you up to code with time to spare.