May is Building Safety Month

Published on Sunday, 11 May 2014 20:23 - Written by Staff Reports


May is National Building Safety Month and the City of Tyler announced this week that building permits are up 15.1 percent from a year ago.

Not only are permits of all types — including commercial and residential building, electrical and plumbing — increasing, but the number of inspections are on the rise as well, officials said.

“This rise in permits and inspections means a great boost for our local economy,” Development Services Engineer Michael Wilson said in a statement. “These homes and businesses bring in more jobs and area attractions.”

Building Safety Month brings attention to constructing safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient buildings and homes along with the important role code officials play in public building safety.

Residents need to know that they should apply for a building permit when:

n   Constructing a building greater than 200 square feet in area;

n   Installing new mechanical, electrical and/or plumbing systems;

n   Putting up signage;

n   Building at Lake Tyler;

n   Pouring a new driveway;

n   Building a swimming pool;

n   Remodeling, other than new finishes, including wall and floor coverings, painting and more; and

n   Clearing or grading land.

There are weekly themes to broaden awareness of these issues during National Building Safety Month.

The theme for May 5 to 11 was “Keeping Fire in its Place.”

This week’ theme is “Helping Homeowners Weather the Storm.”

“Surround Your Building with Safety” will be May 19 to 25 and “Building a Brighter, More Efficient Tomorrow” will be celebrated May 26 to 31.

Permit applications can be found at on the Development Services page and in person at the Development Services office, at 423 W. Ferguson St. Completed applications must be submitted to the office.