By Matt Sepic, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis has a new building code that Mayor Francis Slay says will encourage more renovation projects in the city. The Board of Aldermen gave unanimous approval to, and Mayor Slay has signed a bill that makes major changes to city building regulations.
Slay says the so-called "rehab code" is more user-friendly and geared toward rehab work. City Building Commissioner Ron Smith says the new rules categorize different types of work, "For instance, if you're going to take a building and just do minor repairs to it, the rehab code will say only certain types of requirements are going to be impacted." Smith says the city's old building code is meant mainly for new construction, rather than restoration.