ALACHUA COUNTY - During the week of May 6 -13, 2007, the Alachua County Building Department, will be part of the worldwide celebration of Building Safety Week. Building Safety Week raises public awareness of building safety by promoting the use, enforcement and understanding of building safety and fire prevention codes to protect lives and property. In recognition of Building Safety Week, the County Commission will present a proclamation at the May 8 regular meeting, which begins at 9:00 a.m. Representatives of the building code professionals who work for Alachua County will be introduced.
The public is also invited to a small open house on Friday, May 11 during business hours to tour the renovated Building Department facilities, view their property through the GIS services, and learn more about applying for building permits. Refreshments will be served.
“Building Smarter …for Disasters and Every Day Life” is the theme of Building Safety Week 2007. Building code enforcement is the job of professionals who work at local county building departments, fire departments, city building departments or at the state or federal level.
Building Safety Week, first observed in 1980, is sponsored by the International Code Council Foundation, an organization dedicated to changing the devastating effects of natural disasters and other building tragedies worldwide by promoting ideas, methods and technologies that encourage the construction of durable, sustainable buildings and homes.
Alachua County is an active member of the International Code Council, a membership organization dedicated to building safety and fire prevention.
For more information, please contact Alachua County Building Official Carol Hurst at (352) 374-5243.