The Department of Community Development and Planning serves the city through the enforcement of its zoning, development, building and property maintenance ordinances. Additionally, the department assists the city in its application for and administration of grant funds that are used to improve the city’s infrastructure for the health and welfare of the citizens and businesses.
The City participates in the National Flood Insurance Program that makes flood insurance available to property owners and tenants, and allows the City to qualify for funds related to natural disasters. Owners of buildings that exist in a special flood hazard area may be required by law to purchase federal flood insurance. In order to participate in this program, the City has adopted flood protection and prevention ordinances to minimize the risk of flood damage and loss to those wanting to develop in these areas. If you have questions about whether or how your property is affected by these laws, contact the City’s floodplain administrator.
The City is required to comply with and/or promote many Federal programs to assure equal opportunities and fair treatment for all of its citizens. Additionally, the City has adopted ordinances to protect the health, safety and general welfare of those who live in Corinth, or who choose Corinth as a place to establish and conduct their businesses. Most ordinances falling under the responsibility of the code enforcement officer involve the maintenance of properties and involve control of plant growth, the number and types of animals allowed on a property, junked vehicles, land use, and control of debris. Other areas of responsibility include enforcement of the sign ordinance and street lighting issues. Questions and concerns in this area should be directed to the code enforcement officer.
The City has adopted building codes to protect the health, safety and welfare of those who live in, work in, or visit our community. The City is a member of the International Building Codes Council and has adopted the 2006 International Building Code and 2006 International Residential Code along with several other codes that help ensure safer structures. Construction projects that are started without a permit may be subject to penalties and/or the removal of work that has already been completed. All persons considering construction or remodeling projects should contact the building inspector to find out whether or not a permit will be required for their project and what restrictions they might have to comply with.
The City has adopted zoning ordinances to promote orderly growth within the City and also to promote and protect the general welfare of residents and property owners. Persons seeking to build new structures, or improve or relocate existing structures are required to apply for and obtain a building permit prior to starting work. The first contact for building or improvement projects, whether they are residential or commercial, should be either the Building Official or the Permit and Zoning Specialist.