Monday, June 29, 2009

Re: Update: Dallas Cowboys roof Collapse

Gary L. Hodgson and Assoc. wrote:
> However I recall you saying that Texas does not have a state building
> code and that the minicipalities outside of the big cities are not
> allowed to have their own building codes.
CORRECTION: Any municipality in Texas may adopt and enforce a building
code, no matter how small. It is the UNINCORPORATED AREAS of Texas that
may not do so.

The counties are political subdivisions of the state, and current Texas
statute forbids counties from establishing codes and code enforcement.
Of course, the vast majority of LAND outside of Texas is in
unincorporated areas, although the majority of the state's population
does live inside a city or town.

FWIW, my home is in unincorporated Harris County. Just to the east is
Houston. Buildings (including residences) there must meet the Code. Just
to the west is the small city of Katy, which also has a building code
and a code official.

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