The Building Department is responsible for inspecting new construction, as well as inspecting existing housing and rental property, to establish conformance of codes to maintain the standard of living in the City of Columbia. Building codes are listed in Chapter 15 of the Columbia City Code.
Zoning enforcement and land use code enforcement is also handled by this department. A system is needed to protect our citizens' and business owners' properties through land use controls. Land use control is accomplished through the division of the land into “zones.” What is allowed in one zone may not be allowed in another zone. This assemblage of district regulations constitutes what is known as the zoning laws of the City.