If, however, a city cannot or chooses not to adopt and enforce the minimum standards, the state will enforce the applicable statewide codes in the city. The commissioner of commerce and insurance is authorized to contract with local governments to use their employees for inspections of one- and two-family residences. These contracts can allow inspectors to charge a fee as set out by the state fire marshal’s soon-to-be-developed fee schedule. Deputy building inspectors must be state certified as a:
- Licensed building inspector;
- Licensed plumbing inspector; or
- Licensed mechanical inspector.