City of Palo Alto Participates in Building Safety Month

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City of Palo Alto Participates in Building Safety Month

The City of Palo Alto proudly celebrates Building Safety Month during May. Building Safety Month is a public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe, resilient, and affordable and energy‐efficient homes and buildings.  The goal of the campaign is to reinforce the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.

Palo Alto has taken great efforts to address critical issues, such as safety, energy efficiency, water conservation, sustainability and resilience in the built environment.” said Director Pirnejad, “Enforcing our building codes affect citizens in their everyday lives since people spend the majority of their time inside buildings.”

Each year, presidential, gubernatorial and municipal proclamations are approved to bring attention to Building Safety Month. Palo Alto City Council kicked of Building Safety Month by reading a proclamation  at their April 25 Council meeting.

Our Building Inspection staff will be hosting two events during May related to building safety, code compliance and to answer questions.

May 11th        1:00 – 2:00pm - “Palo Alto Inspection” application demo: come to the Flexible Meeting Space at City Hall on the 1st Floor for a demonstration on how to install and use the City’s smart phone app.  Use it to review and schedule building permit inspections on your smart phone.  Enjoy coffee and refreshments with City staff and other applicants and have your questions answered before heading over to the Development Center.

May 16th        May 16th, 1:00 – 4:00pm, Seismic Risk Management Advisory Group, Meeting #4. Location: Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room.  This advisory group will review and make recommendations on the City's current Seismic Hazards Identification Program and review the inventory of potentially seismically vulnerable buildings.  The City of Palo Alto launched a new advisory group (SRMAG) to involve the community to better understand the earthquake risks in Palo Alto's existing building stock.

The Building Division strives to support architects, engineers, developers, contractors, homeowners and business owners by promoting growth through innovation, resilience and safety,” said Evon Ballash, Assistant Building Official.  In collaboration with the community stakeholders, the Building Division is developing innovative building programs to meet the future goals of safety and sustainability in our built environment.”

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Peter Pirnejad
Director, Development Services Department