Firm Profile

Caton Consulting Inc. is a d/b/a of Code Doctor, L.P. Caton Consulting was created in July of 1994 when J. Hal Caton, after completing 20 years of municipal service as a Building Official, shifted his career into the private sector.

The firm serves as a “Development Facilitator” helping Owners, Developers, Design Professionals and Contractors make their projects happen in a code-compliant and timely manner. The firm’s services concentrate in two major areas:



The firm provides professional consulting in Building Code, Fire Code, Life Safety Code, Land Use and other governmental regulations. By working as an early team member, projects can be easily shaped so they are code compliant before commitments are made regarding siting, size, construction types and overall design parameters. Collaborating with the design professionals during the design development phase ensures that floor layouts, exiting and fire protection issues are appropriately resolved before moving on to construction drawings.

Additionally, the firm performs due diligence inspections relating to life safety. This helps owners (or prospective buyers) understand existing compliance issues and their impact on future renovation or redevelopment.



The firm shepherds projects through the governmental plan review and permitting processes. By being well prepared, pro-active communicators, and by maintaining working relationships with regulatory officials, innovative approaches to resolving problems can be proposed and well received for consideration. Our knowledge of review and processing requirements helps owners establish realistic project time frames.

Inspiration, Imagination, Innovation and Integrity are the hallmarks of our practice.