ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF BUILDING CODES AND REGULATIONS

This study of building codes and regulations has focused on building-code enforcement and administration and on the corollary topic of education and training for code-enforcement personnel. Two other important subjects--federal regulation and the content of building codes themselves--were omitted because these are already being studied extensively by the National Institute of Building Sciences and others. There is a great potential for improving the administration and enforcement of building codes across the nation, though the problems are so diverse that no single panacea can be applied to the effort. Problems arise primarily in the commercial area. A survey among owners and contractors involved in the construction of power plants, and industrial facilities showed that they generally have little contact with local building departments. Owners generally employ their own construction-inspection teams and are widely regarded by building officials as self-policing. The vast majority who did have experience with local building departments reported that they were satisfied with the quality of service provided. Owners and contractors, through their national and local organizations, can help speed the present slow improvement in the caliber of code-enforcement officials by giving support to three efforts: 1. Wider adoption of state wide criteria for building officials' qualifications and statewide certification of those adjudged competent after testing. 2. More state funding for training of building code personnel. 3. Development already begun by the Council of American Building Officials, the umbrella group for the three model code organizations, of a comprehensive education program for building officials. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • A Construction Industry Cost Effectiveness Project Report.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Business Roundtable

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    New York, NY  United States  10166
  • Publication Date: 1982-10

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: 38 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00391414
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report E-1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1985 12:00AM