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Small, rural communities have found it virtually impossible to conform to a state mandate that requires building inspectors to be licensed, but officials in several Garfield County municipalities have apparently found an answer to their problem.

They have joined in a countywide building program in which building permits will be issued through the county at a cost determined by the valuation of proposed improvements. Therefore, finances for the building inspection program will come from communities that agreed to participate.Those municipalities include Panguitch, Hatch, Tropic, Cannonville, Henrieville, Escalante and Antimony. The town of Boulder elected not to join or participate.

The plan calls for hiring a deputy building inspector who will train and work under the direct supervision of licensed building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical inspectors. The deputy inspector will be responsible to inspect construction, alterations, remodeling and repairs as related to buildings and electrical, plumbing and mechanical components.

Community officials are required to pre-approve proposed improvements to buildings or plans for new construction to determine compliance with water regulations, wastewater capacity limitations and adopted ordinances. An individual or contractor will then contact the county to obtain a building permit.

Officials said those residing outside the jurisdiction of municipalities must first contact the Southwest Utah District Health Department for sewer and water requirements before obtaining a permit.