FAQ – Building Code Variances


1. What if my project makes it impossible to comply with a provision of the building code?

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The Department of Municipal Inspections does not have the authority to waive a requirement of the building code. If code compliance is not possible due to a unique situation, a variance must be obtained from the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards.


2. How do I obtain a variance?

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Applications are available in the Department of Municipal Inspections or at the State Department of Public Safety. It is a lengthy process, so allow ample time in your project scheduling.


3. What if something is not covered in the building code?

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In that unlikely situation, the building inspector has the authority to approve or disapprove the proposed method of construction.


4. What if I don’t agree with a decision of the inspector?

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If the disagreement can not be resolved, an appeal can be filed with the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards, using the same application used for a variance.