Commissioner's Corner by John Caywood, Allen County Building Commissioner
John Caywood

I want to thank the HBA for including Allen County Building Department in your Chili Cook-off event. Not only was it fun, but it is great to see Chris Roberts and FWCS Career Academy get the support of building professionals in our area.

Let’s start this issue with an update on energy code policies that should make renovations easier. For those converting a 3-season room to a 4-season room or adding climate control to a previously unheated residential accessory structure built prior to 2011, no energy path will need to be declared on the permit. After asking for an interpretation from the State Building Commissioner, going to great measures such as adding insulation to the foundation walls below grade will no longer be required. Anything constructed after the energy code implemented in 2011 will require an energy path declaration.

I am still looking for a commercial inspector to fill an opening on our staff. If you know someone that has the job knowledge and people skills you would want to see inspecting your work, have them call me and apply. I can promise you that the coffee pot is always full when you get to work and you won’t have to chase down your money every week if you join our team.

I would like to provide a heads up on permitting for basements, my staff has made me aware of some negative things going on with the declaration pages on site. Inspectors reported that they have seen declaration pages that have been copied and the text changed. It appears that someone attempted to change the sheet but did not amend the permit with the building department. I believe this is an isolated event, but please speak with sub-contractors so we are inspecting what was officially listed on the application. I want to believe that this is an oversight and not an attempt to bypass a process that the majority of leading builders and ACBD agreed to earlier this year.

Finally, licensed builders can now get instant permits for residential re-roofing and siding, furnace and A/C replacements, boiler replacements, and electrical service change-outs. This is available online as a “pay and print” option. I will continue to add more instant permits in 2018 to make wait times for permitting decrease. Give us a call if you have any issues with this new offering.


John Caywood
Building Commissioner

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