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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: April 15, 2016
Contact: Jeffrey L. Rowe, CBO or 360.337.5777
No: 2016-037

Kitsap County Proudly Celebrates Building Safety Month
Building Codes: Driving Growth through Innovation, Resilience and Safety

(Port Orchard, WA) – To help raise awareness of building safety, the Kitsap County Department of Community Development (DCD) proudly celebrates Building Safety Month this May. DCD will kickoff the month with a Safety Fair on Wednesday, May 4th, from 1:00-4:00 at the Kitsap County Administration Building- 619 Division St, MS-36, Port Orchard, WA 98366. Join DCD and other partners in the building community for deck building clinics, live demonstrations, children’s activities, and a chance to ask questions of DCD Staff.

Throughout the remainder of the month, you will find DCD pop-up deck clinics and educational booths at some unincorporated Kitsap County Hardware stores and Lumber Yards.

Building Safety Month, first proclaimed in 2011 by President Barack Obama, 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.

“All year round our building safety and fire prevention team experts including, architects, engineers, builders, tradespeople, laborers and others in the construction industry work to ensure the safe construction of buildings,” said Jeff Rowe, Chief Building Official for Kitsap County. “Building safety month provides us the opportunity to engage the community on what we do and thank the team and construction community for making it their mission to keep Kitsap Safe.”

This year’s themes are:
WEEK ONE // May 2–8, 2016- Building Solutions for All Ages,
WEEK TWO // May 9–15, 2016- The Science Behind the Codes,
WEEK THREE // May 16–22, 2016- Learn from the Past, Build for Tomorrow,
WEEK FOUR // May 23–29, 2016- Building Codes: A Smart Investment

To support Kitsap residents in building a safer community, DCD will again launch the permit forgiveness program. During the period of May 2, 2016 through May 31, 2016, DCD will suspend the investigation fee, which is 40% of the building permit fee, for anyone who submits a building permit application for a previously unpermitted structure. Permit fees still apply. To take advantage of this program, bring a completed permit application to DCD. If you have questions regarding permit type and what work needs to be done, please call 360.337.5777.

Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. 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.

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Last Updated:  April 15, 2016