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   (a)   The purpose of this chapter is to protect the health, safety, morals, and welfare of the citizens of the city of Dallas by establishing minimum standards applicable to residential and nonresidential structures.  Minimum standards are established with respect to utilities, facilities, and other physical components essential to make structures safe, sanitary, and fit for human use and habitation.
   (b)   This chapter is found to be remedial and essential to the public interest, and it is intended that this chapter be liberally construed to effect its purpose.  All structures within the city on the effective date of this chapter, or constructed thereafter, must comply with the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. Nos. 15198; 19234; 24961)