The city of Peoria Community Development Department is celebrating the 40th Annual Building Safety Month this May. The month-long public awareness campaign is designed to help individuals, families, and businesses understand the importance of safe and sustainable structures in our community and highlight the important role that building safety plays in maintaining public safety. The theme this year is “Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World”.

With 57,000 members worldwide, the International Code Council (ICC) founded this campaign to raise awareness on how building codes and code officials improve and protect the places we live, work, and play.  Communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events, and structural collapses; model building codes are society’s best way of protecting structures from these types of potentially devastating situations.

Although City Hall remains closed to visitors, the Building Safety Division of the Community Development Department continues to keep the public safe by ensuring all applicable national, state, and local building codes and ordinances are being followed.   New construction, additions, renovations, remodeling, and changes of existing use of residential and commercial projects are all inspected by the Building Safety Division. Please contact the Development Center at CommunityDevelopment@peoriagov.org or (309) 494-8600 for any questions about permitting and plan review.

 

For additional information on Building Safety Month and the International Code Council, please visit https://www.iccsafe.org/advocacy/building-safety-month/2020-building-safety-month/.