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International Building Code 2018 (IBC 2018)

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It shall be unlawful for any person, contractor, firm or corporation to erect, install, construct or replace any fence, wall or retaining wall contrary to the provisions of this code.
All regulations and requirements of the Building Code and any amendments, deletions and additions thereto shall apply to the erection, installation or construction of any fence, wall and/or retaining wall except that which may be inconsistent with this chapter.

Q102.1 Definitions

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This section has been amended at the state or city level.

For the purpose of this chapter, certain terms are defined as follows:

CUT. See Excavation.

EXCAVATION. The removal of earth material by artificial means, also referred to as a cut.

FENCE. A structure of temporary or semi-permanent material such as wrought iron, wire, wood, screen, vinyl, plastic, etc., erected for purposes of enclosure, division of property or decoration.

FILL. The placement of earth materials by artificial means.

RETAINING WALL. Any wall that is used to resist the lateral displacement of earth or any other material with a difference in elevation of the material from one side to the other exceeding 24 inches (610 mm) in height.

ROCKERY WALL. A system of stacked rocks constructed to retain soil. See the Southern Nevada Building Officials Rockery Wall Construction Standards.

WALL. A structure of stone, brick, masonry, concrete or other similar permanent material, raised to some height and erected for purposes of enclosure, division of property or decoration.

No fence, wall or retaining wall regulated by this code shall be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished unless a permit for each fence, wall or retaining wall is obtained from the building official.
A separate permit is required for each parcel of land upon which a fence, wall or retaining wall is to be located.
EXCEPTION: Only one permit is required for multiple fence(s), wall(s) and/or retaining wall(s) constructed along property lines in connection with the development of a subdivision, provided that a legal description of the property is submitted together with a dimensioned plot plan showing the exact location of the fence, wall and/or retaining wall and all other recorded lot and easement lines.
To obtain a permit, the applicant shall first file an application on a form furnished by the jurisdiction for that purpose. The application shall include the following:
  1. The name and address of the owner of the real property upon which the fence, wall and/or retaining wall is to be located.
  2. The type of material to be used for construction of the fence, wall, and/or retaining wall.
  3. The total length, height and square footage of each fence, wall and/or retaining wall.
  4. The authorized agent to perform construction.
  5. A dimensioned drawing that identifies the location of each fence, wall and/or retaining wall with respect to the property or lot lines, easements, streets, other rights-of-way. Existing construction and drainage features shall be clearly identified on the drawings.
  6. The location of all light standards, gas and water meters, and fire hydrants.
  7. Other information deemed pertinent by the building official.

Drawings and specifications required for retaining walls shall be prepared by a registered design professional. The design shall be in accordance with the applicable chapters of the IBC. Rockery walls shall be designed in accordance with the IBC and the Southern Nevada Building Officials Rockery Wall Construction Standards.

Drawings or specifications for fences and walls need not be submitted unless required by the building official. Drawings and specifications shall be submitted for retaining walls showing that the retaining wall is designed in accordance with this code.

General requirements and limitations shall be as follows:
  1. No fence, wall and/or retaining wall shall be placed within a right-of-way unless granted permission by the authority having jurisdiction.
  2. The height and location of a fence, wall and/or retaining wall shall comply with all zoning ordinances and regulations of the authority having jurisdiction.
  3. Fences, walls and/or retaining walls shall be constructed in accordance with published standards of the department or agency having authority of utility easements, when located within a utility easement for any light standard, gas meter, water meter, or fire hydrant.
  4. Special inspection, if required, shall be in accordance with the IBC. Rockery walls shall require special inspection in accordance with the IBC and the Southern Nevada Building Officials Rockery Wall Construction Guidelines.
  1. All footings shall be inspected to verify location to property line, structures, and compliance to the approved plans and permit. Footings shall be excavated and cast against the earth.
  2. Concrete foundations shall not be placed until footings have been inspected and approved by the building official.
  3. No wall and/or retaining wall shall be grouted until the reinforcing required has been inspected and approved by the building official.
  4. No retaining wall shall be backfilled until verification of the dampproofing, when required, and drainage has been inspected and approved by the building official.
No permits shall be issued for fences, walls and/or retaining walls, which would block any natural flow path.
Walls, fences and retaining walls shall not be constructed of materials which impose a direct safety hazard, such as pointed posts, stakes or pickets, components intended for electrocution, embedded glass, nails, barbed or razor type wire, or other sharp, cutting objects.
EXCEPTION: Manufactured barbed, razor wire, or other approved security material may be used when its detailed use, location, and construction requirements are approved by the authority having jurisdiction.
The building official is empowered to formulate procedural guidelines to be used in implementing this chapter.
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