Building, administrative codes to be updated in Apache Junction

Apache Junction City Councilman Jeff Struble at a recent council meeting. (Arianna Grainey, Independent Newsmedia)

Draft ordinances changing building rules and regulations from a 2006 edition to the 2018 edition of the International Code Council series are to be discussed at the Apache Junction City Council’s April 15 work session.

The changes also update the 1997 Uniform Administrative Code, including language that the City of Mesa has used, Dave Zellner, Apache Junction building and safety manager, said at the council’s March 19 meeting.

“So the administrative code gives the rules and regulations for administering the adopted technical codes, organizing the building safety division and establishing positions, functions and stuff like that; gives the authority to the building official to do the functions, stop work orders, inspections, fees — stuff like that,” Mr. Zellner said.

“So Mesa, because they have an internal fire department, they can write some things a certain way because we have a separate district and have to kind of adjust some things there,” he said.

The new codes are the same as other communities, Councilman Jeff Struble said.

“This is meant to consolidate or bring us into conformity so that when builders or contractors or whoever comes in and they know that if they are going to build a building and do a project in Tempe or Mesa or Gilbert or wherever it might be — and they want to do it in Apache Junction — that they’re going to be able to follow the same structural, plumbing, electrical procedures,” he said.

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