SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Examine Columbia's building code online

Monday, July 7, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to

The records: Columbia's Code of Ordinances includes an entire chapter on "Buildings and Building Regulations." The chapter details the specifications buildings must meet in terms of insulation, roof load, swimming pools and other characteristics.

Why you'd want them: The record lays out the appeal process an owner or someone directly connected to the building may take to bring the building up to code. Appeals are submitted to the Building Construction Codes Commission, who may require a change be made to bring the building up to code.

Where you get the records: The building code is available on the city of Columbia's website. Go to and click on the "City Government" tab under the address bar. Under "Select a Service," click "Code of Ordinances." The document may be viewed as a PDF or in HTML. Building code is listed under Chapter 6 in "Amendments."

How much it will cost: Viewing the building code is free of charge.

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