How to Fix Building Code Violations
Fixing violations is simple
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.
Make a Checklist of Building Code Violations
Make a checklist of all of your building code violations grouped into categories based on contractor type. This ensures quick completion of the repairs that won’t have your contractors getting in one another’s way.
Download the Building Code for Your Area
Download the building codes for your area from an online site like http://www.bsc.ca.gov/ . Reference the codes to determine the extent of repair necessary to fix each individual violation.
Contact a Building Code Consultant
Contact a building code consultant in your area if you are unsure about how to bring a particular violation up to code.
Obtain a Work Permit
Obtain a work permit, if necessary for construction, to proceed with the building repairs.
Hire a licensed Contractor
Contact and hire licensed contractors to handle the repair work for your building. Ask around among other building owners in the area for contractors with a reputation for good work that’s completed within the estimated project times.
Repair Structural Violations
Repair structural violations first. Handle major repairs that involve going into the interior of the walls, such as wiring, plumbing or anything else of this nature, before any other repairs. This will make sure you won’t have to undo any superficial repairs later to gain access to the structure of the building.
Repair Fire Safety Code Violations
Repair any fire safety code violations next. Make sure that your building meets all codes for fire safety in your locale, installing sprinkler systems, alarms or fire extinguishers as needed.
Make Accessibility Changes
Make any accessibility changes necessary. This includes any ramps or handrails. Hire a licensed architect to make any changes in the building required for accessibility options such as widening doors for wheelchair access.
Put Up Signs as Required
Put up any signs required by local building codes such as maximum occupancy rates or exit signs. Make any other minor superficial repairs required as well.
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