Construction law is an umbrella term used to describe the rules and regulations that surround the building and maintenance of structures. These rules and regulations are dictated by the government of the United States of America. The government is always changing, it is reasonable to assume that the rules of construction are also in a constant state of flux.
There are three branches of government. These three branches are called the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch. These three branches all serve different functions and are responsible for different aspects of construction law.
The executive branch is the branch of government that the president of the United States of America belongs to. This is the most powerful branch of government as it has the ability to dictate rules for the other two branches to a certain degree. For example, the president has the ability to choose judges for the judiciary.
As far as construction law goes, the executive branch is responsible for regulatory and administrative law. These are laws that differ from region to region within the country with the only consistent factor being any kind of federal law. There is a large degree of deviation on the local level, with states and counties all having their own unique construction codes.
The legislative branch of the government is sometimes called congress. Congress is a large group of individually appointed politicians who represent different parts of the country. Congress is split into two main factions: the house of representatives and the senate.
The legislative branch of government is responsible for creating statutes, which are additional laws to the regulations and administrative laws of the executive branch.
The final branch of government is the judiciary branch. It is exactly what it sounds like; it is a branch occupied by judges of various levels who are tasked with interpreting the various laws of the United States of America.
The judiciary branch creates common law, which is a published advisory of decisions and conclusions that the courts have come to about the application of various laws and statutes put into effect by the other two branches of government.
All three branches of government are important in making construction law work. Depending one the the project and location, builders may end up having to work with all three branches of government. It is best to be well read on the subject before starting any new projects.