Sterling Codifiers — Online Building Codes

Many counties and municipalities publish their building codes on their websites. This is adequate if you only need the codes for one or a few areas. But what if you’re trying to locate codes for a large area – say, all the counties in western Colorado? In this instance, Sterling Codifiers can make it faster and easier to locate building codes with their online service. They provide a clickable US map, as well as a drop-down menu to facilitate the search process. At this time they primarily cover western states.

“To view and search within a single code, choose a state from either the map or the drop-down box, then select from the list of municipalities.”

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8 thoughts on “Sterling Codifiers — Online Building Codes”

  1. Jay – that last one, about the priestess, makes no sense to me, which makes me sad since I found most of the rest at least fairly reasonable, if very “eye for an eye.” But wow, if we thought Prohibition was bad…

    • Well Laura,

      Let me first state that I do not endorse the code of Hammurabi.

      I’m all for a woman or a priestess opening a wine shop or entering a wine shop at her own free will. (As long as she uses good sense and doesn’t drive her chariot drunk afterward and kill somebody.)

      As far the ancient Babaloinian code goes, I don’t know what a MAL.GE.A is. To completely understand, it would be very helpful to know that information. From the context, I’m going to take a shot in the dark guess that a MAL.GE.A might be something like a King’s Harem or a Religious Convent or something along those lines? If that is approximately correct, then obviously the King didn’t want his sexy priestesses hanging around in loose bars. You know… all those drunk guys around those good looking priestesses probably wasn’t conducive to high moral conduct. That and King Hammurabi probably wanted to keep all the cute young priestesses for himself.

      Ancient Kings could be kinda possessive about cute girls, ya know?

      I guess Laura, if you’re thinking of having some wine, it’s probably a good idea to make sure King Hammurabi isn’t watching you. ;)

  2. The code of Hammurabi is not listed.

    Those who are history buffs might be familiar with this:

    § 229.
    “If a builder build a house for a man and do not make its
    construction firm, and the house which he has built collapse and
    cause the death of the owner of the house, that builder shall be
    put to death. “

    Obviously, building codes were kinda harsh 3700 years ago.

    However, there are other codes from Hammurabi that are not as famous.
    Here are a few others that are related:

    § 228.
    “If a builder build a house for a man and complete it, (that
    man) shall give him two shekels of silver per SAR of house as
    his wage. “

    (I have no idea what a SAR of a house is, but from the context, it appears to be some type of measurement of the size of the house.)

    § 229.
    “If a builder build a house for a man and do not make its
    construction firm, and the house which he has built collapse and
    cause the death of the owner of the house, that builder shall be
    put to death. ”

    “If it cause the death of a son of the owner of the house, they
    shall put to death a son of that builder. ”

    § 231
    ” If it cause the death of a slave of the owner of the house, he
    shall give to the owner of the house a slave of equal value.”

    § 232
    “If it destroy property, he shall restore whatever it destroyed,
    and because he did not make the house which he built firm and
    it collapsed, he shall rebuild the house which collapsed from his
    own property (i. e., at his own expense). ”

    § 233
    “If a builder build a house for a man and do not make its
    construction meet the requirements and a wall fall in, that
    builder shall strengthen that wall at his own expense. ”

    Just for the heck of it, here are a few more that are interesting or entertaining.

    It seems obvious that citizens have always despised tax collectors.

    It appears that the Hammurabi liquor laws were pretty strict as well.

    § 25.
    “If a fire break out in a man’s house and a man who goes to
    extinguish it cast his eye on the furniture of the owner of the
    house, and take the furniture of the owner of the house, that
    man shall be thrown into that fire. ”

    _ 36.
    “In no case shall one sell the field or garden or house of an
    officer, constable or tax-gatherer. ”

    § 53.
    “If a man neglect to strengthen his dyke and do not strengthen
    it, and a break be made in his dyke and the water carry away the
    farm-land, the man in whose dyke the break has been made shall
    restore the grain which he has damaged. ”

    § 59.
    “If a man cut down a tree in a man’s orchard, without the
    consent of the owner of the orchard, he shall pay one-half mana ”

    § 109.
    “If outlaws collect in the house of a wine-seller, and she do not
    arrest these outlaws and bring them to the palace, that wine-seller
    shall be put to death. ”

    § 110.
    “If a priestess who is not living in a MAL.GE.A, open a wine-
    shop or enter a wine-shop for a drink, they shall burn that
    woman. ”


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