Electrical Contractors to Gather and Discuss City’s Role in Commercial and Residential Inspections
Gallatin – The City of Gallatin Building Codes Department is in the process of assuming most electrical inspections currently conducted by the State of Tennessee within the city and planning region. There are currently 42 cities that have already sought exemption from state inspections in order to meet the demands of increasing construction projects. Officials are inviting Gallatin’s electrical contractors to a meeting on August 18 (details below) to offer details and receive feedback.
“Time is money to these electrical contractors,” said Gallatin Building Official Chuck Stuart. “We’ll have the staff to turn the inspections around immediately. That means contractors get paid quickly, and power gets turned on right away.”
Having the city responsible for inspections impacts both residential and commercial customers who need prompt service. For instance, during the recent storms when residential transformers and cable systems were damaged, a state-contracted electrical inspector had to conduct a final inspection of repair work before service could be resumed. Having local city inspectors is expected to streamline the process, allowing faster service for both home and business owners.
Stuart says forging relationships with contractors is especially important as construction projects increase within the city limits. “We’ve got more apartments coming. We have more retail coming. We have three hotels now that are racing to see who can get on the ground first. Working together with the design professionals we’ll be more aware of what’s going on and work quickly to keep contractors safe and help them avoid costly mistakes.”
Before Gallatin’s Building Codes Department begins electrical inspections, the City Council must pass an ordinance and allow an additional 30 days before taking effect. Stuart anticipates his department will officially begin the new service in September or October. “That’s why this initial meeting is so important, because electrical contractors are going to help us shape this ordinance,” said Stuart.
The city is inviting electrical contractors to Gallatin’s City Hall on August 18th from 2-4 p.m. in the basement dining room. The purpose of the meeting is to give contractors information and receive input on their needs for better service. Changes to inspections, laws, rules, codes and fee structures related to electrical installations will be discussed. To register, please contact Shirley Smith at (615) 451-5968 or email@example.com .
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Posted on: 20 Jul, 2016