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What Code Do You Need?
To determine the construction code to follow, contact the local Building Department or Land Use authority with  jurisdiction where the land is located.  In addition, you may need to acquire copies of State or local jurisdiction's amendments to these Codes.  In some States and local jurisdictions there may be a separate additional State code.  Besides construction codes, the jurisdiction may have zoning ordinances, land use codes, and covenants may restrict land use, type, and manner of contruction allowed.

Prior to purchasing any land, we recommend that you use the Disaster Risks Locator,  a free service offered by a company under contract to FEMA, to help identify some disaster threats that a property may be subject to. 


The Disaster Center provides online coverage of disasters in the United States, compiling and providing links to disaster related statistics and studies: US Crimes Data from 1960  Tornado, Nonfatal occupational Injuries and Illnesses, Fatal Occupational Injuries, Motor Vehicle Traffic Injury and Fatality Data,  Child Nursery Equipment and Toys: Accident Rates by Age, Sports & Recreational Equipment: Injuries by Age and Sex, Home, Heating, Plumbing, and Appliance: Injuries by Cause, Age, and Rate, Furniture, furnishings, household, and personal use items: Accident injury rates by AgeHome, Work Tools and Misc. Items: Accident Injury rates by Age. US Cause of Death Data US Anti-terrorism Threat/Risk Policy prior to September 11, 2001,  US Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Terrorism Policy prior to 9-11  Atlantic Hurricane pages and indexTotal student, Number of school-associated Violent Deaths and Number of Homicides and Suicides of Youth Ages 5–19, by Location: 1992–2002  Crimes and Indexes for USA Metropolitan Statistical Areas