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Development Services

Gas

Can I install my own gas appliances?

No, all gas appliances must be installed by a licensed gasfitter.

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Why is my appliance putting out carbon monoxide?

There can be several reasons, but the most common is that the appliance needs cleaning or service.

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Can I put a gas log in a bedroom?

No

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What gas code is the City of Hastings currently under?

2009 National Fuel Gas Code

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Where can I purchase a copy of the 2009 National Fuel Gas Code?

From the NFPA, toll free at (800) 344-3555 or www.nfpacatalog.org

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Where can I vent a flue?

Consult the 2009 NFGC. Observe distances to roof peaks, windows, roof peaks, air intakes and other openings.

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Can corrugated stainless steel tubing be used as an appliance connecter?

No, This material is not rated for use as an appliance connector.

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Building

When do I need a building permit?

The following construction projects require a building permit: Sheds, garages, decks, covered patios, patio covers, carports, installation of an egress window, installation of new windows of different size (smaller or larger), basement finish, any structural alteration, new dwellings, building additions, any new building.

Permits are also required for fences, swimming pools that are over 2' deep, building demolition, building moving and sign installations/renovations.

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Can I put up one of those metal carports?

No, Hastings City Code 34-311 requires that accessory structures, including carports, shall be architecturally harmonious with the principle structure, matching the material, design, style and color of the principle structure. All structures must also comply with the International Residential Code or International Building Code.

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When do I need an inspection for my project?

Most projects require:

  • A footing inspection of the footing or foundation when forms are ready and reinforcing steel is in place.
  • A framing inspection when all framing is complete, and just before insulating.
  • A final inspection when the project is complete and ready for occupancy.
  • Any necessary plumbing, mechanical or electrical inspections. Licensed trades contractors will schedule these inspections.

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Can I be my own contractor or build the project myself?

Any property owner or their designee can apply for a building permit and can do the project. No license is required for a building project. However, the help of a professional contractor can often speed up the construction process and avoid unnecessary headaches and delays. All electrical, gas and plumbing work require a licensed master contractor, licensed in the City of Hastings.

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How long does it take to get a building permit?

Usually, it takes about 7 to 10 business days to get a permit once you have made application and paid the application fee.  Larger or more complex projects may take more time to review.

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How much does a building permit cost?

The minimum fee is $30.00, but permit fees are based on the estimated cost of the project, as calculated from the square foot area of the project. The permit fee for a typical new home of about 1500 sq ft, with a three-car attached garage and deck is about $850.00.

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Why do I need to locate my property corners (property pins or property line)?

This establishes the property line and will determine where a building may be placed on the site.  All building and zoning setbacks are measured from property lines.

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How do I locate my property corners (property pins)?

You can hire a Registered Land Surveyor, or you can try to find them yourself. Looking for them your self can be frustrating and time consuming. Some helpful tools include a metal detector, plat or survey of the property, and of course, a shovel.

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Where can I get a copy of the building code?

You can access a reference copy of the adopted model building codes at the Development Services Department, at the City Clerk's office or at the Hastings Public Library.  If you wish to purchase a code, contact the International Code Council.

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What model building codes have been adopted in the City of Hastings?

2009 International Building Code, 2006 International Residential Code, 2009 International Mechanical Code, 2009 International Existing Building Code, 2003 International Energy Conservation Code, 2009 International Plumbing Code, 2008 National Electric Code, 2009 National Fuel Gas Code, 2009 International Property Maintenance Code, and 2003 International Fire Code (administered by the Hastings Fire Department).  These codes have been adopted with local amendments.  Contact the Development Services Department for more information at (402) 461-2302, (402) 461-2302 or see Chapter 28 of the City Code.

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How can I determine if a property is in a flood hazard zone?

Contact the Development Services Department at (402) 461-2302 for flood determination.  Be sure to have a street address, legal description of the property or both ready, so that an accurate determination can be made.

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Plumbing

Can I Install my own plumbing on a new house or remodel?

No, it requires a permit.  You need to be a licensed contractor to obtain a permit.

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Can I repair my own plumbing fixtures?

Yes

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What plumbing code is the City of Hastings under?

2009 International Plumbing Code.  You should also refer to the Hasting City Code, Chapter 31.

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What types of licenses are required for plumbing?

Lawn sprinkler, water softener, utility contractors and plumbers need to be licensed.

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Do you reciprocate with other states or municipalities?

No.

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Electric

Can I install my own electrical and wiring on a new house or remodel?

No, it requires a permit. You need to be a licensed contractor to obtain a permit.

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Can I repair my own electrical fixtures?

No.

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Housing Inspection

Does the City provide Point-of-Sale Inspections?

No, however private home inspection services and local contractors provide similar services to the public, and the Department strongly encourages buyers and sellers to take advantage of such services prior to a home sale. The Department requests to be notified of any major violations identified during real estate transfers.

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