Building Department Overview
The Building Department is responsible for the maintenance
and enforcement of local building, planning and zoning codes.
Structural, plumbing, HVAC and electrical inspectors are supervised
by the Building Commissioner. Their function is to ensure safe
and efficient construction adhering to construction and city codes.
The Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and City
Engineer assist with the orderly planning of the city. The Plan
Commission acts as a recommending body to the City Council for
special uses of property. The Zoning Board of Appeals reviews and
rules upon variances of city zoning codes. The City Engineer
monitors improvements so there is conformance with proper drainage
and engineering requirements.
The Building Department advises the City Clerk's Office on land
use and appropriateness on business licensing. They also supervise
work with the health department pertaining to local businesses
regarding code enforcement.
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- All new construction, renovations, additions and structural
changes require building permits. Permits require property index
numbers, registered contractors or hold harmless agreements, and
in most cases a plat of survey. A list of registered contractors
is available at city hall through the Building Department.
- In the "Frequently asked Questions" section of the
Building Department is a list of common construction projects that
would require a permit.
- All signs (permanent and portable) require a permit, obtainable at City Hall.
ORDINANCE ENFORCEMENT/ANIMAL CONTROL
- The ordinance enforcement/animal control functions are a
service of the Building Department. The Ordinance Officer
investigates ordinance violation complaints on a wide range of
land use and operation ordinances as well as property maintenance
matters. Code violations are brought to the property owner or
tenant's attention and a reasonable time for correction is established.
As a last resort, or for repeated code violations, violations for
fines and appearance in the local housing/ordinance hearings are
issued. The Ordinance Officer coordinates with the Health Department
inspectors and makes initial investigation of health violation
- In the capacity of animal control, the officer investigates
and enforces all animal control ordinances, traps wild nuisance
animals and deals with other animal problems.
- This office provides a wide range of services to the homeowner
and business community helping to maintain a high standard of
community pride and property values.
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