Building Code Enforcement: Who’s Responsible?

Building a new home is a rewarding, if not complex, process. Along with the excitement of owning a new home that’s custom-built for your family, there also comes the responsibility of making sure everything goes as planned during the designing and construction phases.

Part of the process of building a safe home includes ensuring that all building codes are satisfied. But, who exactly is responsible for making sure the building codes are enforced? Is it the homeowner’s responsibility or the builder’s? Here, our New Hanover County home builders explain.

Building Code Enforcement

If you are having a new home built, there are traditionally two ways to go about it – you can either design your own home and take on the responsibility of choosing and hiring contractors for each phase of construction or you can hire a custom home builder to handle the entire process.

If you are taking the primary role in managing the build, then you will also be taking responsibility for the enforcement of the building codes. This means that you will need to know what’s required in order for your project to successfully meet those codes. In most cases, you will have to spend plenty of time studying codes, meeting with zoning officials, and traveling to your local city offices in order to get copies of the most current building codes. You will also have to schedule inspections in a timely matter for everything from the framing to the plumbing to the electrical work and more.

If, on the other hand, you are hiring a building company to build your new home, then the builder will ultimately take on the responsibility of ensuring that their workers and any subcontractors they may use do their work according to code. Since builders are already educated in the local building codes and zoning laws, the risk is substantially reduced for something failing inspection.

So, the Homeowner Has No Responsibility for Building Codes if They Hire a Building Company?

Unfortunately, no. Even though the builder takes on the brunt of the responsibility, it is still ultimately your responsibility to make sure their builder is enforcing the codes. Should you hire a builder that cuts corners and as a result part of the home not be up to code, then the township could find you at fault because you were the one that hired them.

Of course, you could take the builder to court and argue that it was the builder’s fault, and in most cases you would win, but that’s a lot of time, money, and energy spent fighting something that you could have avoided simply by doing your due diligence. This stresses the importance of choosing a home builder with an impeccable record and a reputation for delivering exceptional results.

Ready to Get Started on Your New Home? Contact Our New Hanover County Home Builders Today

If you want to have a new home custom-designed and built to your exact specifications by one of the most trusted New Hanover County home builders, then contact Trusst Builder Group today. We have the experience and resources to ensure your build is finished on time, on budget, and in accordance with all local building codes and zoning laws. Visit Trusst Builder Group today or call us at 910-371-0304 to schedule a consultation with one of our custom home designers.