Building Safety Month

The Building Safety Profession covers every aspect of the life of a building, from planning and construction to use, operation and maintenance. Building Safety Professionals assist design professionals, contractors, building owners and the public to understand how to design, construct, operate and occupy buildings in conformance with the International Codes and technical standards adopted by local and state jurisdictions.


Addresses general materials and methods of construction, including heights and areas, occupancy classification, construction type, occupancy and use requirements, structural stability, interior and exterior finishes, means of egress, accessibility and safeguards during construction.


Addresses the hazards of smoke and fire arising from building operations, occupancy, storage and use, fire detection, suppression and alarm systems and conditions affecting the safety of firefighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.

Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Pools/Spas

Addresses the design construction, installation, operation and maintenance of plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas systems in buildings, also include swimming pools and spas.


Addresses the design, construction and installation of electrical components, appliances, equipment and systems in buildings.

Energy and Sustainability

Addresses the design, construction and installation of energy conservation features in buildings, use of natural resources in building construction, and indoor environmental quality and comfort.


If the owner wishes to alter an existing building’s construction or change its use, the process is subject to the application and issuance of a building permit, construction inspection(s) and issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy or Compliance by the Code Official.

Operation and Maintenance

The Fire Marshal periodically performs fire safety and property maintenance inspections to ensure the building is occupied, operated and maintained in conformance with applicable requirements of the code.


The contractor constructs the building in accordance with approved plans and specifications. The Building Inspector conducts periodic inspections to ensure the work conforms with approved plans and specifications. Upon completion, a Certificate of Occupancy (or Certificate of Compliance) is issued by the Code Official.


The design professional submits building plans, specifications and a building permit application to the Permit Technician. The Plans Examiner reviews the plans and specifications for conformance with local regulations and adopted codes and standards. Once the project is determined to comply, a building permit is issued by the Code Official.