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614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: April 17, 2014
Contact: Jeffrey L. Rowe, County Building Official
  360.337.5777 or
If unable to reach the contact person please contact Doug Bear, Public Communications Manager at 360.337.4598
No: 2014-043

DCD spotlights decks for Building Safety Month

(Port Orchard, WA)  To help raise awareness of building safety, Kitsap County's Department of Community Development (DCD) proudly celebrates Building Safety Month during May. Building Safety Month is a public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable and energy-efficient homes and buildings. Join us at Community Development for this month long celebration.

Weekly themes during Building Safety Month include:

  • May 5-11, Code Officials: Keeping Fire in Its Place
  • May 12-18, Code Officials: Helping Homeowners Weather the Storm
  • May 19-25, Code Officials: Surround Your Building with Safety
  • May 26-31, Code Officials: Building a Brighter, More Efficient Tomorrow

DCD is hosting two deck clinics in May to help guide citizens in the basics of safe deck constructions. Both clinics are held at the Kitsap County Administration Building (619 Division Street in Port Orchard) in the Commissioners Chambers.

The first clinic is scheduled for Friday, May 2 from 2 – 4 p.m. The second is scheduled for Friday, May 16 from 2 – 4 p.m. Stop by the Permit Center Lobby to see a cross section of a safely construction deck, pick up a permit packet, and guides.

“When our building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings and review construction plans to ensure code compliance they help to ensure the places where you live, learn, work, worship and play are safe,” said Kitsap County Building Official, Jeffrey Rowe. “We work closely with homebuilders, contractors, plumbers, roofers and other construction industry trades to provide maximum public safety.”

The department plans to suspend the investigation fee for anyone who submits a permit application during Building Safety Month (May 1, 2014 – May 30, 2014). See the DCD Fee Schedule for current fees.

Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. Regardless of the department code officials work in—building, fire, planning or elsewhere—they work hard every day to provide public safety by ensuring buildings are constructed safely. Because resilient structures minimize the risk of property damage, property owners may pay lower insurance costs and millions of taxpayer dollars can be saved when rebuilding from natural disasters.

Based on building science, technical knowledge and past experiences, model building codes provide protection from man‐made and natural disasters, guarding public health and reducing property losses. The codes address all aspects of construction, from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency.

Building codes have protected the public for thousands of years. The earliest known code of law—the Code of Hammurabi, king of the Babylonian Empire, written circa 2200 B.C.—assessed severe penalties, including death, if a building was not constructed safely. The regulation of building construction in the United States dates back to the 1700s. In the early-1900s, the insurance industry and others with similar concerns developed the first model building code.

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014