Permits should be checked before building, improving

Published 5:49 pm Saturday, June 22, 2013

Before you start on that next home improvement project, make sure you check the city of Austin’s building codes and zoning ordinances.

Community Development Direct Craig Hoium said residents should check with the city before starting any projects to ensure they have the proper permitting for the job.

“We typically review with the general public, contractors … before a project is underway,” Hoium said.

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There’s a few codes to take into consideration when dealing with building codes, such as life safety codes for things like exit lighting and smoke detectors.

For example, residents who put in a pool need to make sure they have a 4-foot fence around the pool area.

There’s also structural codes, to make sure buildings are up to speed with design standards and safety policies.

City workers need to review projects before they begin. Permit fees are generally about 1 percent of the cost of the project. Hoium encourages residents to stop by City Hall or contact him at 437-9952.