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The General Contractor’s license in Columbus carries with it a bond that helps provide funds to aid with the enforcement of the building codes. The state license does not provide for individual restitution.
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The funds from a bond are used to cover legal expenses and repair building code violations. The building inspector notifies the contractor of the corrections that need to be made and then sets a deadline for them to be corrected. The bond is "called" when all methods to correct the problem are exhausted.
All lot dimensions with setbacks and coverage for each zoning district are found in Appendix A of the City of Columbus Zoning Ordinance.
There are three major zoning uses - residential, commercial, and industrial. Each district has specific standards for developments and uses permitted. These are found in the Columbus Development Code.
(FIRM), or call and speak with Kenneth Wiegel. Mr. Wiegel will determine if your property is located in a flood hazard area. The Inspection Department is located at 1621 Main Street and can be reached by calling 662-245-5055.
Anyone in the City of Columbus may purchase flood insurance, regardless of where the property is located. Local insurance agents will know how to sign people up for flood insurance. The basic requirement will be an elevation certificate furnished by a registered surveyor or engineer which gives basic elevation information about the structure to be insured.
You may check with the Inspection Department when you apply for your building permit and there may be situations where that the following could apply:
Each has specific requirements and you should check with the staff in each case. These procedures are found in Appendix A of the City of Columbus Zoning Ordinance.
All in-ground pools require a building permit. Above ground pools connected to any electrical device, such as a pump, must have a building permit.
City of Columbus law does not allow the transfer of a license to Columbus from outside the State of Mississippi.
Complaints about dilapidated buildings are checked by a building inspector to see if there appears to be any code violations. If so, the owner is notified and a hearing scheduled. At the hearing, the hearing officer decides whether to issue an order for the building to be closed, repaired, or demolished. A court hearing may also be needed.
The Planning Commission usually meets at 5:30 pm on the second Monday of each month. Applications for their review must be submitted to the planning commission by 5 pm 25 to 30 days prior to the meeting.
There are tax abatement programs for housing improvements, and a similar program available for new developments. The City of Columbus has adopted several development code amendments that will also benefit residential builders.