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Code classes offered by City of Mesa.  Are you thinking of  renovating or adding on to your home?  Knowledge is power.

“Clyde on Code” classes designed to educate about City Codes and requirements

Mesa, AZ – The City’s Development and Sustainability Department is offering a series of free monthly classes for residents and contractors regarding City Codes and requirements known as “Clyde on Codes” since they will be taught by Mesa Senior Building Inspector Clyde Spillers.  The first class will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. at The Home Depot, 1740 S. Country Club Drive.  The topic of the first class will be “Top 10 Code Violations and New Construction.”

Implementation of “Clyde on Codes” or a Code Education Series was an idea submitted to the City’s Team INNOV8 program for ideas that make a difference.  As the economy continues to recover from the recession, the City has seen a significant increase in construction activity.  However, due to “contractor flight” of the most experienced and capable contractors moving out of the area during the recession, City inspectors are dealing with a less experienced pool of contractors. This has led to inspectors writing more corrections and performing multiple inspections, resulting in a greater demand on staff time.

The classes will be based on various sections of the building codes, such as plumbing, electrical and fire safety.  The program will assist homeowners with questions about City ordinances and inspection requirements.  Classes will also focus on the permitting process and topics specific to certain demographics, such as the most common winter visitor construction issues.

“Educating contractors and residents on the proper application of building codes and regulations, which are in place to ensure residents’ health and safety, will result in safer buildings.  Providing a safe indoor environment is as important as providing a safe outdoor environment,” Senior Building Inspector Clyde Spillers said.

Residents and contractors attending the classes will receive handouts from the Development and Sustainability Department and other City departments.  There will be six different “Clyde on Code” classes at different home improvement stores throughout the City during the next few months. Dates and locations for future classes have not yet been scheduled.