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Posted: Dec 4, 2012 4:45 PM

Updated: Dec 4, 2012 5:15 PM

McALLEN - Contractors working in McAllen will have to abide by new building codes, officials said. The measures are meant to protect home owners, they said.

City officials said building codes are updated every three years. The city, though, skipped the national 2009 updates because of the construction slump.

The changes will go into effect in January.

"That carbon monoxide alarm, that's going to be required. The '06 code did not require that. The smoke detector is required, not the carbon monoxide. That's a new requirement," McAllen Chief Building Official Luis A. Vasquez said.

The changes will only impact new construction, officials said.

Buildings and homes already built will be grandfathered in, officials said.

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