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Two of the many basic services the City provides are to insure that the buildings in which we live and work are safe and sanitary, and that our neighborhoods are orderly, clean, and free of public nuisances. For those purposes the City has adopted various laws and policies that provide minimum standards to safeguard life, limb, and health in buildings; to extend the longevity and serviceability of buildings; to promote appropriate and compatible land uses in our neighborhoods; and to promote orderly and desirable development over time. Those include:
- Construction codes that regulate the location, construction, use, renovation, repair, and maintenance of buildings and their associated equipment;
- Licensing regulations that apply to certain construction trades, and to some businesses;
- Zoning laws that regulate the use and development of land; and
Laws that regulate nuisances within the City, such as unsafe buildings, junk and abandoned vehicles, accumulations of objectionable material, and uncultivated vegetative growth.
Having those regulations however, is not enough unless they are effectively enforced. The City’s original charter recognized that, and it is even more true today. By enforcing those regulations, the Building Safety Department promotes and protects the public health, safety and welfare.