Inspections to follow new building code as of October 1st

October 2, 2020

We have reached the point where everyone has had an opportunity to order a new code book and attend an offering of classes related to the code. Inspectors have been leaving cards pointing out changes in the code that would be enforced in the future.

As of October 1, 2020, builders should expect that any permits pulled on or after that date will be inspected according to the current building code. Right now, the only area still being worked out with local suppliers and representatives of the building community is the tall wall code. Even the simplified bracing outlined in R602.12 gives a maximum wall height of 10’. Walls above this will need a stamped print on site.

In order to meet this code, considerations are being explored including having the builder submit engineering once for a certain model instead of requiring letters for each address. The building department is also exploring the possibility of having an engineer create a table that Allen County can refer to for most situations. We hope to provide more information in the next 30 days on this.

We still have a high volume of permits being processed, with our staff on overtime to keep up with the volume. Despite all the uncertainty out there, the total number of  building permits are more than 900 higher than this time last year. We are currently processing in five days or less. If you need a permit sooner, we can serve you at our walk-up counter, open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. We still close between noon and 1:00 pm to sanitize the office.

Finally, we still have a commercial inspector position open. If you know someone who is knowledgeable and professional, please encourage them to apply. Many applicants come to us saying they like construction, but their body can’t hold up to the physical demand anymore. This is the kind of job where it doesn’t matter if you are on your second set of knees — we won’t even ask you about them! We just want your knowledge and ability to give a fair inspection.

Thank you,
John Caywood
Allen County Building Commissioner

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