Code Officials

The codes department is the local government agency that enforces the codes within a jurisdiction. The size of the codes department varies with the size of the jurisdiction it serves. A code official is an employee of the codes department with authority to interpret and enforce codes, standards, and regulations within that jurisdiction. The plans examiner (Fig. 5-1) is a code official who checks plans and construction drawings at both the preliminary and final permit review stages of the project. The plans examiner checks for code and standards compliance, and works most closely with the designer.

The fire marshal usually represents the local fire department. The fire marshal checks drawings with the plans examiner during preliminary and final reviews, looking for fire code compliance.

The building inspector visits the project job site after the building permit is issued, and makes sure all construction complies with the codes as specified in the construction drawings and in code publications.

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