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Get those construction permits and plans approved

Joplin business owners can start demolition and building on their facilities as long as they follow a few rules and get inspected.

Sharps Import Automotive is nothing but a slab of concrete today but owners hope to rebuild and be back in business and that means working with the city to get permits approved.

“We are working with the building permit department to bring up electrical codes, plumbing codes any issues like that we know all the building codes because we work hands on with all of our areas,” says Randy Loux of Four Seasons Restoration.

For commercial properties to remodel or rebuild owners must fill out the permit request, have the debris cleared out independently, then have their building inspected.  Once their plan for the building is approved they can start construction.

“If there is electricity involved, plumbing involved, if there are any times of structural problems involved, all of those things, HVAC, all of those things are specifically permitted and that should go through the city and the city is required to go out and inspect those specific things,” says Eric Bruce, Joplin General Contracting LLC.

With nearly 8,000 homes and businesses damaged in the city, inspectors are working extra hours to keep up, but they say no new inspectors have been hired.

“We have not had to hire additional inspectors,” says code enforcement supervisor Steve Cope.  “We do have inspectors we will hire on a temporary basis as well as several communities offer their help to share inspectors or even provide inspectors.”

City inspectors are looking at 50 to 75 commercial properties a day and allowing construction to move forward helping rebuild Joplin.


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