Building Inspections

Building codes and standards are the primary means by which building construction and occupancy are regulated. Inspecting for compliance with established construction standards and adopted codes improves the quality of life by maintaining property values, ensuring safety, and helping to keep insurance rates reasonable.

For Any Residential Construction, the City has adopted the International Code Council's (ICC) 2012 International Residential Code (IRC).  This Code has a copy available on the ICC's website at:
For Code Compliance and occupancy permits, the City has adopted the ICC's 2012 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC).*

For Any Commercial Construction, the City has adopted the ICC's 2003 International Building Code (IBC).*

Municipal Ordinances provide additional regulations for zoning, construction, code compliance and occupancy.  These codes can be found in the City's Municipal Code Book at:

* These codes do not have copies available on the ICC website. Therefore no links are included for them.  You can usually find them at your local library. 

Roles Within Building Inspections

The Building Inspector of the Public Works Department provides code compliance inspections for all new building construction, both residential and commercial, as well as for renovation, rehab, and other home improvement projects. In addition, the Building Inspector performs occupancy inspections, examines and approves plans, issues permits, and enforces the City's zoning ordinances.

The Code Enforcement Officer of the Public Works Department performs occupancy inspections and inspects existing properties for compliance with the adopted International Property Maintenance Code.

The Animal/Health Officer of the Public Works Department also performs occupancy inspections, property maintenance inspections as well as handles all calls related to animals and disease bearing vectors such as rats and mosquitoes.

Contract with St. Louis County

The City has contracted with St. Louis County to provide plan review, permitting, and inspection of all electrical, mechanical, and plumbing construction and renovation.