Join us for special activities during the 39th annual Building Safety Month
Austin, Texas – In May 2019, The Austin Code Department and the Development Services Department are participating in the 39th annual Building Safety Month, a worldwide campaign presented by the International Code Council, its members and partners to promote building safety. First observed in 1980, Building Safety Month raises awareness about critical safety issues from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency.
Local events to celebrate Building Safety Month include:
May 1 and May 4
Reaching out to developers and construction professionals with tabling events hosted at the Building Safety Month national sponsor Home Depot
Both departments will participate in a proclamation
May 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will be an informational Live Permit Chat, an online question and answer session on Reddit - Go to austintexas.gov/permitchat for more information. On the event day, the live chat link will be activated.
Building codes and the officials who enforce them are making our families and communities safer and more resilient. Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. In the wake of a disastrous hurricane season, rampant wildfires and devastating earthquakes, building safety is even more important. Building safety affects everyone and modern, updated building codes save lives.
This year’s themes are:
May 1–5, Preparing for Disasters: Build Strong, Build Smart;
May 6–12, Ensuring a Safer Future Through Training and Education;
May 13–19, Securing Clean, Abundant Water for All Communities;
May 20–26, Construction Professionals and Homeowners: Partners in Safety; and
May 27–31, Innovations in Building Safety.
Building codes have protected the public for thousands of years. The earliest known code of law—the Code of Hammurabi, king of the Babylonian Empire, written circa 2200 B.C.—assessed severe penalties, including death, if a building was not constructed safely. The regulation of building construction in the United States dates back to the 1700s. In the early 1900s, the insurance industry and others with similar concerns developed the first model building code.
Today, the International Codes, developed by the Code Council and adopted by our community, are the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the U.S. and around the world.
The Austin Code Department is dedicated to maintaining the quality of life within Austin. We do this by educating, collaborating and partnering with neighborhoods, local businesses, nonprofits, and other city of Austin departments.
The Development Services Department assists homeowners, business owners, and contractors when they build, demolish, remodel or perform any type of construction to ensure compliance with applicable city and building codes.
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701