Building Codes Division
The Building Codes Division ensures the health and safety of Tullahoma residents through the consistent application of adopted building codes, inspections of new and renovated structures, and property maintenance standards. The division oversees all residential and commercial construction beginning with the review of plans through on-site inspections, and to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the safe use and habitation of the structure.
What are Building Codes?
Building codes play an important role in maintaining safe communities. Each community adopts a building code to protect the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants. Architects refer to the code for guidance when designing buildings. Structures within the community that conform to the locally adopted building code are safer, healthier, and better for the buildings’ occupants and the wider community.
Communities adopt Building Code regulations to maintain a safe and healthy built environment. Codes set the standard for structures within the community for construction, maintenance, and occupancy. Building codes are minimum requirements that help safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of all building occupants. The codes govern the design, construction, remodeling, and maintenance of structures.
Buildings within a community must conform to the rules stated in the adopted building code. Codes apply to all structures, including homes, multi-family buildings, commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. Sometimes, structures like public schools are covered under separate code requirements.