Construction codes are very important to all local governments because they help keep people safe; they can even save thousands of lives every year. Construction codes are not just for regular building contractors, they’re for everyone. They’re of interest to contractors, business owners, homeowners, municipalities, and citizens.
There are several mandatory codes that apply to all construction in Georgia, whether or not it’s enforced on a local level. Such codes include the International Building Code, the International Residential Code for One-and Two-Family Dwellings, the International Fire Code, the International Plumbing Code, the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, and the one that interests Lightning Bug Electric the most – the National Electrical Code.
According to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the electrical code is a “mandatory code,” and the state’s local governments have to adopt administrative procedures so the code can be enforced (O.C.G.A. Section 8-2-25(a). However, local governments have the authority to choose which mandatory codes they will enforce upon residents and businesses.
Enforcing Mandatory Codes in Georgia
The National Electrical Code is a mandatory code, which may be locally enforced through:
- Building inspections to ensure the code is in compliance;
- Employing inspectors and others who will enforce the code;
- Requiring permits and establishing fees for the permits; and
- Working closely with local governments to ensure the code is enforced.
So, what is the National Electrical Code (NEC) exactly? The NAC “sets the foundation for electrical safety in residential, commercial, and industrial occupancies. The 2017 edition of this trusted Code presents the latest comprehensive regulations for electrical wiring, overcurrent protection, grounding, and installation of equipment,” according to the National Fire Protection Association.
If your home or business has been cited for a violation of the NAC, we urge you to contact an Atlanta Electrical Contractor at Lightning Bug Electric. Electrical code violations are NOT DIY projects – it’s best to leave it to the experts. Give us a call today for assistance!