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The 2012 editions of the International Code Council family of codes are adopted. See Section 101.4 of the International Building Code for Codes that are adopted by reference of the IBC and the Referenced Standards section for standards or portions of standards that are referenced. 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.
The 2012 International Building Code references the 2009 edition of the ICC A117.1 Standard for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.
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.
The homeowner can obtain a permit to build a fence or they can hire a contractor. If a contractor does the work then he/she will pull the permit. A plot plan or survey is needed along with the fence permit so that we can evaluate property lines, easements, set-backs, etc. that affect where fences might be installed. The criteria for materials, height, and other specifics are regulated by the Planning and Zoning 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.
Pool permits must be obtained by the contractor that is installing them. They will call for the related inspections. Part of the permit process is to determine if the pool can be placed where it is proposed. A site plan will be needed to verify setbacks, utility easements, proper distance from the residence, and other relevant issues. A security fence must be provided in accordance with code prior to the final inspection.
Licensing details are listed in the Code of Ordinances.
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.
Construction plans are required for all new projects and additions and remodels when the scope of work is determined by the Building Official that it justifies them. A change in occupancy class can also justify the requirement for plans that verify construction types, square footage, occupant loads, fire protection systems, etc. are compatible with the new proposed occupancy and use. Three sets of paper documents are required. One set goes to be reviewed by the Fire Prevention Bureau, one for Building Department records, and one to be kept on the job site until completed. Additionally one set in PDF electronic format must be provided for archive files. As-built plans will be required when there are significant changes made during the project.
Fire Sprinkler details are listed in the Code of Ordinances.
Details are listed in the Code of Ordinances.
Details listed are listed in the Code of Ordinances
At present inspections must be called in to the office. We are moving toward new hardware and software that will allow us to electronically produce inspection reports. Inspections will be conducted for those scheduled the previous date by 5:00 pm. As we migrate to the new software our methods will be upgraded as well. There will be a contractor portal which will allow specific inspections to be scheduled on-line if all prerequisite requirements have been met.
The following businesses are exempt from privilege taxes, but are required to obtain a business license in the CIty:
Visit the City Clerk’s office to fill out a form: 8710 Northwest Dr. Southaven, MS 38671 Or download it here
In most circumstances, clerk staff do not have authority to change your court date. If you had a traffic ticket and failed to appear on the date the officer wrote on your ticket, you will receive a notice of a new court date in the mail which will be at least 21 days after your original court date. If you failed to appear on a criminal case (other than Contempt of Court) or on your fines due date, you will receive a show cause order giving you a new date to appear and show cause why you failed to appear.
We accept cash, money orders and Visa or MasterCard.
You must appear in court to petition the judge for additional time to pay tickets and court fines.
Pursuant to Section 99-19-3 (2) of the Mississippi Code, we cannot accept a partial payment on a traffic ticket unless you previously appeared in court and were given an extension of time to pay or were placed on a payment plan approved by the judge or prosecutor.
Info on Fines, Costs and Assessments
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 Southaven Fire Dispatch Office should be contacted at 662-393-0228.
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.
You may come to City Clerk's Office located at 8710 Northwest Drive, first floor between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. The fire report fee is $10.00. Please have the address of incident and the date of incident so we can pull the appropriate report. If a business requires a fire report we will require a formal request on your business letterhead faxed or brought in to our office. Please be advised there is a 24 hour turn around time to have your report ready for pick up.
Fire Department Administration located at 8710 Northwest Drive, second floor between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. The EMS report fee is $10.00. Please have the address of service and the date of service as well as the name of the person involved so we can pull the appropriate report. To obtain an EMS report you must have a signed HIPPA release form. EMS reports may only be released to the person involved. Please be advised there is a 24 hour turn around time to have your report ready for pick up.
The City of Southaven currently collects paper, metal, and plastic at 3 different locations: DeSoto Central High School (2911 Central Parkway), Multi-Purpose Arena (7360 Hwy. 51 N), and Snowden Grove (Field D parking lot, east side of ballpark).
Southaven Police Department
8691 Northwest Drive
Southaven, MS 38671
Although a complaint may be filed any number of ways, the best way is to contact Internal Affairs and make an appointment. Once making an appointment, you will come to the Internal Affairs office located at 8691 Northwest Drive, the main police building, right in the front lobby.
This is dependent upon the type of complaint. In order to properly investigate any complaint, Internal Affairs will interview you so that all the issues are clear and those issues can be properly addressed with the officer. You will also need to fill out some basic paperwork.
You will need to bring your ID, preferably a driver's license, and any documentation that you may have that supports your complaint.
No, it does not. However, if you are represented by an attorney, make sure that you have informed him that you are filing a complaint.
No. Unless the individual is under age that Internal Affairs is interviewing, no other individuals are present during an interview. There are very rare instances when there are extenuating circumstances where a request may be made by the complainant to have an attorney present, but those instances are rare and usually involve criminal allegations.
Most cases are complete within 30 days. However, there are some type of cases that may not be resolved for longer periods of time.
Yes, you will be notified in writing as to the result of any complaint you file.
The Planning Commission meets on the last Monday of every month. The Board of Aldermen meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month. All meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at City Hall:8710 Northwest Dr.Southaven, MS 38671
Come between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
We provide this service to our City residents free of charge every Thursday afternoon between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please bring your employer’s fingerprint cards with you and a valid form of ID.
*****AT THIS TIME, WE HAVE SUSPENDED FINGERPRINTING. PLEASE CHECK BACK AND WE WILL UPDATE WHEN FINGERPRINTING RESUMES*****
The City of Southaven is currently not collecting materials for recycle at this time.
Please contact Desoto County for dates for their annual collection day at (662) 469-8152.
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IN-PERSON WATER PAYMENTSAs Mayor Musselwhite and City Department Heads continue to monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic, strategic plans will continue to evolve and adjust to ensure the safety of our citizens and employees. We ask that citizens help in this effort by utilizing alternate methods of conducting business with the city rather than face to face transactions at City Hall. Effective today, access inside the Water Department office is now restricted. The Water Department will conduct all business via the drive thru at City Hall. For your convenience, payments can also be made the following ways:Online https://southaven.munisselfservice.com/citizens/default.aspxBank Draft or USPSDrop boxes (see list of locations) https://southaven.org/Faq.aspx?QID=93
For more information please call the main city line (662) 280-2489 or the Water Department directly at (662) 393-7353 or visit www.southaven.org.
We no longer accept credit card payments over the phone. We only accept credit cards in person at our City Hall Utility location.