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    Blake Lyle Mayberry
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    [IowaAPA] Building Inspections

    I posted this in the Cyburbia forum as well, so forgive me for being
    redundant.

    The City of Glenwood is considering implementing building inspections
    as a way to preserve property values and combat deterioration of
    buildings in older neighborhoods. Those of you working in cities that
    have a building and inspections department (or contract for services)
    could be a tremendous help if you would answer the following questions:

    What codes do you use?

    Do you contract for services or have your own inspector?

    What projects, properties and structures are subject to inspections?

    Does you city inspect only rental/commercial structures and new
    residential construction?

    Any other pertinent information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    for taking the time to assist a fellow Iowa municipality.

    Blake

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    FW: [IowaAPA] Building Inspections

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Steve Franklin
    Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 3:28 PM
    To: Steve Franklin
    Subject: FW: [IowaAPA] Building Inspections



    -----Original Message-----
    From: Maurice Dudney
    Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 3:10 PM
    To: IowaAPA (AT) yahoogroups (DOT) com
    Subject: RE: [IowaAPA] Building Inspections



    Blake,
    Please see answers to your questions below.
    Good luck,

    Maurice Dudney, Building Official
    City of Urbandale
    3600 86th Street
    Urbandale, Iowa 50322

    Work Phone: (515) 278-3930 Ext 6724
    Fax No.: (515) 278-3927
    E-mail: mdudney (AT) urbandale (DOT) org
    Read the latest City news at www.urbandale.org





    -----Original Message-----
    From: IowaAPA (AT) yahoogroups (DOT) com [ mailto:IowaAPA (AT) yahoogroups (DOT) com]On Behalf
    Of Blake Lyle Mayberry
    Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 2:32 PM
    To: IowaAPA (AT) yahoogroups (DOT) com
    Subject: [IowaAPA] Building Inspections


    I posted this in the Cyburbia forum as well, so forgive me for being
    redundant.

    The City of Glenwood is considering implementing building inspections
    as a way to preserve property values and combat deterioration of
    buildings in older neighborhoods. Those of you working in cities that
    have a building and inspections department (or contract for services)
    could be a tremendous help if you would answer the following questions:

    What codes do you use? Urbandale has for many years adopted by reference model building codes. We are presently in the process of updating to the 2003 edition International Building Code (IBC), International Fire Code (IFC), and International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC). We also have adopted the 2002 edition National Electrical Code (NEC), the 2000 edition International Mechanical Code (IMC), International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC), and the 2000 edition Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC). We defer to state of Iowa standards for handicap accessibility requirements, and the state energy code.

    Do you contract for services or have your own inspector? Urbandale's building inspectors are city employees, however we do execute a contract with a private individual for housing maintenance inspections regarding the multi-family apartment complexes. Cities exceeding 15,000 in population are required by the state code to have "regular" housing inspections on existing housing.

    What projects, properties and structures are subject to inspections? Virtually all new construction, and remodeling of existing structures requires permits and inspections.

    Does you city inspect only rental/commercial structures and new
    residential construction? All buillding construction is required to be subjected to the permitting process, and inspections.

    Any other pertinent information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    for taking the time to assist a fellow Iowa municipality. You might find our building code organization (Iowa Association of Building Officials [IABO]) to be helpful. Our IABO executive officer is Chuck Thomas at ChasClyde (AT) aol (DOT) com Also the IABO site is www.iabo.net and you probably can find some helpful information there.

    Blake






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