Building codes are regulations governing the design, construction, alteration, and maintenance of structures. They specify the minimum requirements to adequately safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants.  The regulation of building construction is not a recent development; it can be traced back in recorded history as far as 4000 years ago.  You can only imagine the issues which arose that had people considering regulation to avoid catastrophic building failures.

In America, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson encouraged the development of building regulations to provide a minimum standard to ensure health and safety.  From their time to current day, model codes were authored, amended and rewritten with key assistance from all segments of the building industry.  Model codes today are the central regulatory basis for administering programs in cities, counties and states throughout our country.  Most of the United States is currently covered by broader regulations to encompass fire, structural, health, security and conservation of energy.

Once the codes have been established, a building permit is needed.  What exactly is a permit?  A building permit is legal permission from the city where the building project is occurring, to begin construction in accordance with approved drawing and specifications submitted at time of application for said permit.  It also confirms the electrician and plumber is licensed and insured.  Permits are usually required for new building, additions, fences/decks/pools/water heaters/fireplaces, renovations (basement finishing, kitchen/bath remodel, reroofing, etc.), electrical systems, plumbing systems and HVAC (heating, A/C and ventilation).

More often than not, River Oak Cabinetry is addressing an area of the home which requires a building permit.  Here is the simple process of obtaining permits:

Submit Application
River Oak will submit the “Who, What, Where, When and How” of the project to the city, including plans of proposed work. Any permit fees are included in all our contract pricing.

Review Process (typically 14-28 business days)
The code official/inspector will review the plans to ensure the project meets local requirements. If all
requirements are met, a permit is issued. If not, the official may suggest a solution to make the plan compliant.

Receive Permit
The city will contact River Oak once the permit is issued. We then pick up the actual permits from the city and post at the job site. A fee based on the size of the job is paid to the city upon picking up the permits.

Job Site Visits
Onsite inspections are required to make certain the work performed conforms to the permit, local code and plans. These inspections are always attended by Leo Rosignal, who is our lead installer and co-owner of River Oak Cabinetry. There is a rough inspection prior to drywall installation; electric and plumbing is reviewed and approved. Leo’s expertise in the business makes for a quick and positive inspection from the city.

Final Inspection & Approval
The final inspection completes construction. Documentation is provided by the city stating the job is complete and code compliant. It’s like the city is patting you on the back and saying “Job well done”.

Our safe construction practices protect you and your investment as the homeowner. River Oak Cabinetry walks beside you during the construction process and includes the building department as an important ally from start to finish.