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Building Inspections

Building in the City of Coweta
Building in Coweta is a simple process. Most permits can be issued while you wait. Inspections are carried out on the same day they are requested and specific times for inspections can be made by arrangement. Pre-permit site visits and consultations are also welcome at any time.

Codes
The Codes adopted by the City of Coweta are the 2012 International Code Council codes and 2011 National Electric Code. These Codes surpass the standards of the Oklahoma Universal Building Code Commission minimum requirements. In most cases homeowners can work on their own properties without trade qualifications or licenses. However, all contractors, journeymen and apprentices must be licensed or registered by the State of Oklahoma, and must be registered with the City of Coweta before working within the City.

Who is required to obtain a Construction Permit?
Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this Code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.

Who can build in Coweta?

A homeowner is entitled to work on his own property, but will need to demonstrate his competence through providing detailed design plans and/or calculations that would normally be taken for granted from a State Licensed Professional. All electrical, plumbing and mechanical contractors, journeymen and apprentices must be State Licensed or State Registered, and must also be registered with the City of Coweta before working within City limits. All contractors must comply with Senate Bill 306 for liability insurance and workers compensation.

Types of Permit

New Residential Construction.
Residential Remodel.
Detached Buildings.

New Commercial Construction.

Commercial Remodel.
Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical and Roofing Permits.
Road Bore Permits.
Change of Use and Certificates of Occupancy.

Miscellaneous Permits.

Emergency Repairs
Residential Work Exempt from requiring a permit

 

Required Residential Inspections.
Required Commercial Inspections.

Requests for Inspections
Anyone can give notice for inspections as long as the following information is provided:

    Type of Inspection(s) required.
    Permit Number.
    Property Address.
    Approximate time inspection needed.
    Contact Details.                
24 hour notice is required for guaranteed next day inspections, although the following notice is usually sufficient: For inspections between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. please notify before 9:00 a.m. For inspection between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. please notify before 2:00 p.m. Inspections between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. may be available by arrangement.

For Inspections Contact:
Simon Williams
Office:(918) 279-7211
Cell:   (918) 261-7958
Fax:   (918) 486-5366
email: swilliams@cityofcoweta-ok.gov
Codes adopted by the City of Coweta

The latest editions thereof, as published by the International Codes Council, are adopted as the building code of the City for the control of buildings and structures as therein provided. The latest editions adopted are:

2015 International Residential Code.
2015 International Building Code.
2015 International Fire Code.
2015 International Existing Building Code.
2015 International Plumbing Code.

2015 International Mechanical Code.

2015 International Fuel Gas Code.

           
(Selecting the above links will display the latest free editions of 2012 Codes on the ICC website)

The NFPA 70 National Electric Code 2014 is also indirectly adopted through reference from 2015 International Building Code.

Other relevant Codes:

Coweta Code of Ordinance.
Coweta Zoning Code.

Coweta Subdivision Regulations.

The Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS®) assesses the building codes in effect in a particular community and how the community enforces its building codes, with special emphasis on mitigation of losses from natural hazards.

The concept is simple: municipalities with well-enforced, up-to-date codes should demonstrate better loss experience, and insurance rates can reflect that. The prospect of lessening catastrophe-related damage and ultimately lowering insurance costs provides an incentive for communities to enforce their building codes rigorously — especially as they relate to windstorm and earthquake damage.            

Authorities are rated for both Residential and Commercial Construction on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is the best, awarded the lowest insurance premiums.

The City of Coweta building inspection and plan checking service received the following ISO ratings:

Residential BCEGS Rating = 4
Commercial BCEGS Rating = 4

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