|By Robbie Ward, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Many counties throughout the state require only a licensed contractor for construction of new residential or commercial structures. County governments will vote this year to decide whether to adopt a building code meeting minimum standards in a new law recently signed by Gov.
The decision focuses on local governments, including municipalities, without building codes or those below standards of
Five counties on the Coast have building codes exceeding the law's standards, approved after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Some
"There's no doubt we need a building code in the county," said District 2 Supervisor
"If we do this, how will we decide to do the inspections and how will we pay for it?" he said.
Rankin and all supervisors in counties choosing to approve the building code have plenty of time to agree on regulations. The new law does not set a deadline for counties or municipalities to establish the building codes. It also does not levy a penalty for not adopting it. Local governments have until late November to decide.
One approach to bring costs down for building inspections is counties can pool resources together.
"Three Rivers offered to be a partner in putting together shared inspectors and code enforcement if enough counties adopted it and wanted to participate," he said.
State Insurance Commissioner
"I'm a big believer in codes," he said. "They save lives and property and a byproduct is you have a better insurance rate."
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