Gearing Up for Dry Weather

May 14, 2019

It went from winter to mud season quickly this year. The building department statistics show a slight decline in inspections, especially concrete in the month of April. We don’t believe it has anything to do with the economy, but more about the weather. While this has been bad news for homebuilding, it has been a brief reprieve for us at the building department. We have been able to catch up our licensing renewals as a result of this. If you have not received your 2019 licensure by now, you may want to call us to find out why. Be prepared if you have new staff who will be pulling permits on behalf of your company by having the license qualifier fill out a new form this year listing the changes. Also, make sure your lock box information is on your applications and all trade applications. We still appreciate being supplied with keys for the bigger operations out there. With our youngest residential inspector being almost 50, it is nice to grab the key ring instead of the bi-focals before we do an inspection.

Finally, I sometimes get a request to have items placed in the home prior to the C of O for various reasons. We appreciate that this is a rare occurrence because it is much easier to conduct the final inspection without stepping over moving boxes or couches. However, any requests can be made to the residential inspectors directly. I rely on their familiarity with each home being built to make that decision. All inspectors’ office phones are programmed so messages go directly to their e-mail as well. Inspectors have access to e-mail in the field and check it throughout the day.

As always, thanks for your continued support and cooperation.
John Caywood
Allen County Building Commissioner

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