Redington Beach to update building codes

Many of the rules dated back to the 1950s
Published December 20 2018

REDINGTON BEACH — Town commissioners recently tentatively approved a half-dozen proposed regulations that would modify building codes.

The changes were presented as commissioners formally requested Town Attorney Jay Daigneault review all ordinances after he told them the code was out of date, with much of it having been adopted in the 1950s.

The ordinances, all approved unanimously on first reading, dealt with:

• Seawalls and bulkheads

• Setbacks of swimming pools from seawalls

• Rules and fees surrounding construction of driveways and usage of right of way.

• Loosening restrictions on building construction and home repair on weekends

• Defining “engineer of record”

In presenting the proposed ordinances, Town Planner Bruce McLaughlin said the seawall ordinance had been requested by local marine contractors.

McLaughlin said the proposed changes would “strengthen things that needed to be strengthened and relax things that need to be relaxed.”

One of the biggest changes would remove liability for a seawall’s design effectiveness from town officials and place it with the licensed engineer of record.

The proposed ordinances will be considered for a second and final reading at a future commission meeting.

To read the proposed ordinances, go to, click on the “Government” tab, then “Agendas and Minutes.” Scroll down to the meeting date of Dec. 5, 2018, and click on “Packet.”