BUILDING SAFETY DEPARTMENT

The mission of the Town of Snowflake Building Safety Department is to protect the lives and safety of the residents and visitors of Snowflake, preserve the Town’s quality of life, and contribute to the its economic development. This is accomplished through implementation of the building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fire codes, as well as Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, along with local and state laws for construction and maintenance of commercial, industrial and residential buildings.

Snowflake has adopted nationally recognized building codes, which set forth minimum requirements that are vital to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare through structural strength and stability.  This is accomplished through a three-tiered process of Plan Review, Permit Issuance, and Inspections.

Plan Review
Building plans must be submitted to be reviewed to determine compliance with the building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical codes set forth in the adopted codes as well as the Town’s engineering and planning & zoning requirements.

Permits
By law, a building permit is required to alter or install a building or structure.  To obtain a permit, a permit application and building plans must be submitted to the Town for review and approval prior to beginning any construction project.

Inspections
During construction, the Town will conduct scheduled inspections of the building project to ensure that the construction is in accordance with the approved plans and Town’s adopted safety codes. Building inspectors look for building code compliance related to the construction of a structure. Their goal is to make sure the structure is safe.

You are required by law to have inspections completed for all construction activities in order to secure your safety and the safety of future occupants as well as nearby properties.  Inspections are required at different phases of a project. All inspectors and permit technicians attend training to keep up-to-date with construction and technological changes.