As a part of Development Services, the Building Department is responsible for reviewing plans prior to issuing permits and verifying inspections for compliance with the codes adopted by our community to provide safety in the built environment.
If you are interested in being notified by e-mail about monthly contractor meetings, residential or commercial code topics of interest or any happenings within the Building Department, please make sure we have your current e-mail contact information. Contact information may be sent to Dan Swallow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up sheets are available at the Building Department Offices in Salida and Buena Vista. You may also sign up at Hylton Lumber and Salida Winnelson in Salida; Poncha Lumber in Poncha Springs; and Alpine Lumber, Rocky Mountain Lumber and Hi Valley Supply in Buena Vista.
Your input on topics of interest for the monthly contractor meetings would be greatly appreciated. Let us know about topics you feel would be beneficial to both yourselves and others.
The Inspectors will be in the office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Inspections will be made from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. requests for inspections are to be made the day before the inspection is needed.
2015 International Code Series and 2014 National Electric Code Potential Adoption.
Chaffee County is currently evaluating the 2015 International Code Series, as well as the 2014 National Electric Code. It is our intent to present these code changes to the Board of Commissioners for their consideration to adopt sometime in May or June of 2015. If you have any input regarding the adoption of these codes, the technical provisions of these codes, or potential amendments to these codes for the County to consider during the potential adoption process, please contact the Development Director, Dan Swallow, at 719-530-5567. The potential adoption of these codes will be done through the public hearing process which will be another opportunity for public comment.
Major Changes to the 2014 NEC
Victor Crocco's office has changed. His new office is located in the County Annex Building in Buena Vista, 112 Linderman Ave. He will be available by appointment by calling (719).207.1498.
All OSWS inspections must be called in on our inspection line at (719).539.2124. Failure to call inspections in properly may lead to re-inspection or special inspection fees. Inspections must be called in by 4:00 p.m. the day before the day for which the inspection is requested. Time specific inspections will no longer be available. All OSWS applications will still be turned into the Development Services Department at either our Salida or Buena Vista locations.
Food Service applications and Plan Review packets can be turned into Victor at the Chaffee County Annex Building, 112 Linderman Ave., Buena Vista or the Touber Building, 448 E. First St., Ste. 137, Salida.
As of July 1, 2014, Chaffee County has adopted new septic regulations. All licensed installers are required to take the new exam that covers these regulations. The exams are available in the Salida and Buena Vista offices and will be free of charge for all currently licensed installers, if taken before January 1, 2015. As always the exam is open book and will cover many aspects of the Onsite Wastewater System Regulations, so please be prepared. The new regulations are available on our Environmental Health Sewage Disposal Systems page.
OWSW Permits will not be issued to Contractors who have not taken and passed the new exam.
The State of Colorado has a mandatory One-Call law and if you are responsible for excavation or maintenance you must call 811 before digging. According to information provided by Atmos Energy damages by third-party excavators outrank all other risks causing pipeline accidents
If you suspect a gas leak, immediately evacuate the area and from a safe distance call Atmos Energy at 1-866-322-8667 or dial 911.
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