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The codes that are included are the 2012 Intl. Gas Code, Intl. mechanical Code, International Property Maintenance Code(amended by City Ordinance), and the Intl. Fire Code. The 2011 Edition of the National Electric Code is adopted as well as other standards included in the Referenced Standards section of the IBC. The 2012 Intl. Residential Code (amended by City Ordinance) will apply to structures that are not regulated by the IBC.
There are very limited amendments to the codes that can be found within the Southaven Code of Ordinances. Code
a) The first step is to consult with the Planning and Zoning Department to verify that the intended use is allowed at the location that has been chosen. In addition other City ordinances that affect the surrounding occupancies must be evaluated. A conditional use hearing might be required to consider a permit for the proposed use of the location. The Planning and Zoning Department will provide a checklist verifying the use has been approved for that specific location. This is not an approval to occupy or begin any work whatsoever.
b) Immediately following verification from the Planning and Zoning Department the applicant must consult with the Building Department for details related to any construction and the Certificate of Occupancy that must be issued for occupancy of any location within the City of Southaven. A use and occupancy permit will be issued to allow preparation for the Use and Occupancy inspection. All construction trades contractors will apply for permits for their scopes of work individually and obtain the proper inspections for that work. The Fire Prevention Bureau of the Southaven Fire Department and the Building Department will inspect the location when all work is complete and the space is ready to occupy. All parties will sign the checklist to indicate that all inspections were completed.
The completed checklist and inspection forms must be brought to the Building Department to obtain the Certificate of Occupancy.
c) A business license can then be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office across the hall from the Building Department.
Approval from the Homeowner’s Association might be required. Please consult the subdivision covenants for those requirements. The City cannot enforce covenants. That is specifically at the discretion of the Homeowner’s Association. Code
Footing/Slab – Items included are silt fencing, footings, and rough-ins within the slab. Each trade is responsible for having inspections for any part of their work that will not be visible for inspection at a later point. A special inspection/engineers inspection document is required for all commercial slabs.
Framing – Included are fire wall, seismic and wind bracing, beams, and electrical, mechanical, or plumbing located within walls that need to be inspected prior to wall sheathing.
Rough In - All trades will call for rough-in inspections as applicable.
Above Ceiling - All trades must call for inspections prior to installation of the ceiling.
Final – The final inspection will be completed when all work is complete. If work is to be completed under multiple permits a Certificate of Completion can be requested for a specific scope when complete. The Certificate of Occupancy is issued once the project is completely finished.
When hardships arise partial inspections can be requested. It is best to call for clarification when situations are not within the normal occurrences.
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You must appear in court to petition the judge if you need additional time to pay your ticket or court fines.
Burn permits are issued in compliance with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality requirements and EPA. A permit can be obtained for the clearing of land by contacting this office and completing the permit application. The fee is $150.
A site inspection is required to verify the pit is within guidelines and an air curtain destructor is provided. A pit is required for most sites. Fences must be provided to avoid unknowing humans or animals from falling into the pit. Fences shall be erected at the end of the day. The burn permit must be kept on site and contains a list of the requirements to be met. Burning of trash, rubbish, copper wiring, tires, or any other materials shall not be allowed. All permits can be discontinued if there are excessive complaints in the area. Developers / contractors are responsible for any damages related to the burning operations.
The Mississippi Fire Insurance Rating Bureau evaluates all fire departments and districts within the state to determine how insurance rates should be applied by insurance companies. The scale runs from one to ten with one being the best rating. There are many factors considered in order to determine the rating. Some of those are area covered by fire stations, apparatus and equipment, training, certifications of various personnel, inspections of commercial properties, water supplies and others.
The City of Southaven has recently adopted the 2012 International Codes published by the International Code Congress. Copies can be purchased online by visiting their website at iccsafe.org. NFPA standards are applicable as referenced within the International Fire Code.
There are times when a sheet or portion of the drawings must be corrected to ensure that the contractors have the appropriate instructions for code compliance.
The process for appeal is located within the administrative section of the 2012 International Fire Code. An appeal board will hear requests for determinations on interpretations or alternate materials or processes that meet the intent of the code. There is no process for eliminating the enforcement of any specific section within the code as adopted. The code is considered to be the minimum required to produce a safe built environment for our citizens.
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