The revised mission of the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction
Department will emphasize the following:
- Providing services that ensure public safety and health in
regard to residential and commercial buildings – both new and
- Partnering with our local construction and trade industry to
adopt up-to-date codes and practices that make sense for our
community while working to gain the lowest regional rates from
- Creating a fair and equitable playing field for the
construction industry in regard to code enforcement and
- Code amendments between city and county.
- Advisory boards (building, plumbing, electrical and
- Organizational charts for both code departments, as well as
position classification studies – this reorganization includes
the Housing and Nuisance Divisions from both city of Wichita and
- Code variance request procedures.
- Hansen (building construction and inspection) computer
software implementation along with the addition of a systems
analyst to assist staff and customers with the transition.
Staff members are currently working in separate locations (455 N. Main,
seventh floor and 1144 S. Seneca). As we move forward with the merger it is our
hope to be in a consolidated “service center” facility with the Metropolitan
Area Planning Department by the end of 2013. Until that time, we continue to
work on development of policies and practices that will enable us to better
serve customers. Some of these projects include:
- Cross training of inspection staff members to promote
consistency and job versatility.
- Further development of “combination” inspectors to handle
most residential build projects.
- Development of designated “team” inspections regarding
commercial building projects.
- Permit and license fee study to ensure fair and equitable
- Development of an agreement to allow joint enforcement
between legal jurisdictions of Wichita and Sedgwick County.
- Develop a joint policy and procedure manual.
- Acquire and design a new facility.
- Discussions with all municipalities within Sedgwick County
to promote further consolidation of building practices while
respecting home rule rights for the individual cities.