City examines options for building inspections

NORWICH – The sheer number of building and fire inspections that are required to be performed by the City of Norwich Codes Department may lead to a change in the way the program is structured.

According to Police Chief Joseph Angelino, the codes department has had a difficult time keeping up with the required volume of inspections ever since the city adopted state mandates. The New York State Municipal Building Code regulates the frequency of inspections for buildings according to size and use.

At recent meetings of both the Public Safety and Public Works Committee and the Personnel and Finance Committee, Angelino explained that currently the city contains 247 commercial structures and 187 other buildings that are not private dwellings, in addition to other buildings used for public assembly. Depending on the classification, the buildings have to be inspected every one to three years.

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