Friday, September 20, 2019

City Council Reviews First Reading of the 2018 International Codes

Safety and security is always a top priority for the City of Southlake. It helps to promote a healthy and stable environment for our residents, visitors and businesses.  With the proper ordinances in place it can also help to regulate and control the use of occupancy, construction, repair, design and quality of materials used for buildings and structures within the City.

To ensure that the City continues to promote a safe and healthy environment, City Council had their first reading of the 2018 International Codes at their April 2 City Council meeting.

These codes were presented for adoption to provide regulations that safeguard public health and safety for the Southlake community.

Historically, the City adopted the International Code Council’s construction codes as local building codes with regional and local amendments; the codes are continually updated on the national level and published every three years.  The International Codes have been reviewed by the Regional Codes Coordinating Committee under the direction of the North Central Texas Council of Governments.  The NCTCOG recommended the City of Southlake to adopt these codes.

Building codes apply to virtually every type of structure from garages and houses to schools, churches, agricultural and commercial buildings.

The adoption includes the following codes: Building, Residential, Fire, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Existing Building, Swimming Pool & Spa and Property Maintenance Codes.

The broad range of categories will be in place to help protect the health, property and welfare of the citizens of Southlake by ensuring that the codes are correctly enforced.

“The City provides effective building inspections and helps prevent violations by taking this proactive measure,” said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services, Ken Baker. “Enforcement of these ordinances is vital to establishing a safe and healthy community.”

The 2018 International Codes go into effect on May 1, 2019. City Council will have their second reading at the April 16 City Council meeting. All plans submitted to the City after the effective date must meet all 2018 International Code standards. For more information please visit our website.