The Warren County Building & Environmental Codes Department is
responsible for enforcing a variety of
codes, acts and regulations which have been
established in Warren County, including:
Why Have a Building Code?
Codes protect public health, safety and
Building codes provide protection from
tragedy caused by fire, structural
collapse and general deterioration in
our homes, schools, stores and
Safe buildings are achieved through
proper design and construction practices
and a code administration program that
ensures compliance. Home and business
owners have a substantial investment
that is protected through complete code
keep construction costs down
The International Codes, which Warren
County has adopted, provide uniformity
in the construction industry. This
uniformity permits building and
materials manufacturers to do business
on a larger scale -- statewide,
regionally, nationally or
internationally. Larger scale allows
cost savings to be passed on to the
provide consistent minimum standards in
Codes establish predictable and
consistent minimum standards, that are
applied to the quality and durability of
construction materials, a practical
balance between reasonable safety, and
cost to protect life and property. The
term "minimum requirements" means that
construction meets the criteria of being
both practical and adequate for
protecting the life, safety and welfare
of the public.
Inspection during construction is the
only way to independently verify that
code compliance has been achieved. An
average of 10 inspections are conducted
to homes, offices or factories to verify
conformity to minimum standards.
contribute to the well-being of the
The preservation of life and safety, as
well as the maintenance of property
values over time, are a direct result of
the application and enforcement of model
The conservation of energy contributes
to intelligent use of resources and
provides the consumer with cost savings.
reliable are they?
Most aspects of building construction --
electrical wiring, heating, sanitary
facilities -- represent a potential
hazard to building occupants and users.
Building codes provide safeguards.
Although no code can eliminate all
risks, reducing risks to an acceptable
should codes apply to my own house?
For several reasons:
For your personal safety, and that of
your family, and the guests invited into
To ensure the economic well-being of the
community by reducing potential spread
of fire and disease.
For the conservation of energy.
To protect future home purchasers who
deserve reasonable assurance that the
home they buy will be safe.
For codes to be effective, an understanding
and cooperative relationship must exist
between building officials and the groups
they serve -- homeowners, developers, urban
planners and designers, and others in the
construction industry. Codes must therefore
be responsive to the government's need to
protect the public. They must provide due
process for all affected and keep pace with
rapidly changing technology. These
communities can, and do, work together to
develop and maintain codes.