|| April 17, 2014
|| Jeffrey L. Rowe, County Building
|| 360.337.5777 or
If unable to
reach the contact person please contact Doug Bear, Public Communications
Manager at 360.337.4598
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
- May 19-25, Code Officials: Surround Your Building with
- May 26-31, Code Officials: Building a Brighter, More
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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