If you currently maintain or plan to build a commercial location for your North Carolina corporation, it’s important to be aware of building codes. Building codes are the local or state laws that set standards of construction in buildings and are intended to protect the public’s health and safety. Our business law firm can help you identify and bring your business into compliance with all federal, North Carolina, Asheville and/or other county and city laws, leaving you free to focus on business management and growth. Our lawyers are familiar with the fire codes and laws that businesses and building plans are required to follow. Violating building codes can subject you to civil liability. Building codes regulate a number of a building’s characteristics, including:
- Lighting levels
- Sanitary facilities
- Door height clearances
- Fire safety
- Energy conservation
Having the premises inspected by a certified professional engineer is the best way to ensure your building complies with all applicable building codes. A building permit is required if you intend to construct a building, as opposed to moving in to an older building. The local inspection agency generally has a checklist of persons whom you need to contact, such as the department of health and safety and the fire department.
But keep in mind that if you are moving into an older building, it is not safe to assume that it is up to code. Local jurisdictions often revise their building codes and while the former owner may not have had to comply with the changes to the law, as the new owner you may have to. This may require you to make many improvements to the building in order to be in compliance with the code.
There are also new environmental building codes to follow. Green building is becoming more and more popular every day. Green building involves a complicated series of regulations. You may want to seek the help of an attorney familiar with these regulations. We represent contractors that do green building.
Constructing a building or taking over an older building is a major responsibility. Building codes can be very complicated and require compliance with many agencies. If you are evaluating a potential new building, or are adding on to your current building, the business attorneys at Fisher Stark can advise you on any specific construction or modifications your specific business may need to make to comply with North Carolina and local building code requirements. Speaking with an attorney with experience in construction law will help ensure that your project gets off to the right start. Call us today at 828.505.4300 to speak with one of our business law attorneys.
Last updated 7/5/2015