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Ballwin adopts updated codes

In rapid order, the Ballwin Board of Aldermen unanimously approved eight ordinances updating various codes that set standards for structures in the city.

Acting at its Dec. 10 meeting, the aldermen updated ordinances dealing with building, electrical, fuel gas, mechanical, plumbing, residential and property maintenance codes. An amendment to the St. Louis County code ordinance also received board approval.

Andy Hixson, Ballwin’s assistant city administrator and director of development, said the codes were updated to the 2015 versions. The city had been using regulations issued in 2006.

The Metro West Fire Protection District, which includes most of Ballwin in its territory, already had adopted the 2015 editions, Hixson said, so the city’s update will make regulations more uniform. Homebuilders in the area also had signed off on the city’s action, he added in response to a question from Alderman Mark Stallmann [Ward 2].

Having more up-to-date codes helps the city in its ISO rating, which in turn has an impact on homeowner insurance rates, Hixson observed.

For the most part, the new codes will not affect standards existing homes must meet except when major renovations and substantial projects are involved. The impact on typical work required in a bathroom or kitchen remodeling will be minor, he said.

An exception is the property maintenance code, which sets requirements on the condition in which a property must be kept both inside the structure and outside, Hixson noted.

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