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Mobile looks to update fire, construction trade and maintenance codes

Oct 31st, 2022

Posted in: Build MobilePress Release

- October 31, 2022 - 

For Immediate Release:

Mobile looks to update fire, construction trade and maintenance codes 

Mobile, Ala. — The City of Mobile is looking to overhaul its fire, construction trades and maintenance codes to bring local regulations up to modern standards and more aligned with surrounding communities. 

Using current international building standards is essential to the health and safety of residents, contractors, construction workers and professional service providers. Maintaining a current code series is also imperative to maintaining the City’s ISO 1 rating, which helps keep home insurance rates down. 

On Nov. 1, the Mobile City Council will consider a proposal to adopt updated fire, building, mechanical, electric, plumbing and property maintenance codes based on the current international standards. Most of the codes the City of Mobile currently uses have not been updated since 2012.  
Adopting updated local codes aligns City of Mobile departments with current international standards and is consistent with regulations used by the State of Alabama and surrounding communities.?If adopted, the City of Mobile would be one of the only municipalities in Alabama to fully implement 2021 fire, construction trades and maintenance standards and the only coastal municipality to do so.  

“Our staff has worked for more than a year on a plan to bring fire, construction trades and maintenance codes up to modern standards to better protect citizens, businesses and property in Mobile,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “This work has been a collaborative effort conducted with representatives from nearly a dozen industries that depend on clear, consistent standards in order to perform their best work.” 

Over the past six months, staff members from multiple City departments have worked with an industry review committee of local professionals to ensure the proposed codes make sense for the industries affected by them. Our staff will continue to take feedback from the committee, the City Council and the public as this process moves forward. You can find the proposed ordinances here.