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International Building Code 2015 (IBC 2015)

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User note: Code change proposals to this chapter will be considered by the Administrative Code Development Committee during the 2016 (Group B) Code Development Cycle. See explanation on page iv.

Part 1 — Scope and Application

[A] 101.1 Title

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[A] 101.2 Scope

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The provisions of this code shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures.
Exception: Detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories above grade plane in height with a separate means of egress and their accessory structures shall comply with the International Residential Code, as amended by rule 661—301.8(103A).
Provisions in the appendices shall not apply unless specifically adopted.
The purpose of this code is to establish the minimum requirements to provide a reasonable level of safety, public health and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment and to provide a reasonable level of safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.
The other codes listed in Sections 101.4.1 through 101.4.7 and referenced elsewhere in this code shall be considered part of the requirements of this code to the prescribed extent of each such reference.

[A] 101.4.1 Gas

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[A] 101.4.2 Mechanical

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[A] 101.4.3 Plumbing

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[A] 101.4.4 Property Maintenance

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[A] 101.4.5 Fire Prevention

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[A] 101.4.6 Energy

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The provisions of the International Existing Building Code shall apply to matters governing the repair, alteration, change of occupancy, addition to and relocation of existing buildings.
Where there is a conflict between a general requirement and a specific requirement, the specific requirement shall be applicable. Where, in any specific case, different sections of this code specify different materials, methods of construction or other requirements, the most restrictive shall govern.
The provisions of this code shall not be deemed to nullify any provisions of local, state or federal law.
References to chapter or section numbers, or to provisions not specifically identified by number, shall be construed to refer to such chapter, section or provision of this code.
The codes and standards referenced in this code shall be considered part of the requirements of this code to the prescribed extent of each such reference and as further regulated in Sections 102.4.1 and 102.4.2.
Where conflicts occur between provisions of this code and referenced codes and standards, the provisions of this code shall apply.
Where the extent of the reference to a referenced code or standard includes subject matter that is within the scope of this code or the International Codes listed in Section 101.4, the provisions of this code or the International Codes listed in Section 101.4, as applicable, shall take precedence over the provisions in the referenced code or standard.
In the event that any part or provision of this code is held to be illegal or void, this shall not have the effect of making void or illegal any of the other parts or provisions.

[A] 102.6 Existing Structures

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The legal occupancy of any structure existing on the date of adoption of this code shall be permitted to continue without change, except as specifically covered in this code or the state fire code, or as deemed necessary by the building code commissioner for the general safety and welfare of the occupants and the public.

[A] 102.6.1 Buildings Not Previously Occupied

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A building or portion of a building that has not been previously occupied or used for its intended purpose in accordance with the laws in existence at the time of its completion shall comply with the provisions of the International Building Code or rule 661—301.8(103A), as applicable, for new construction or with any current permit for such occupancy.
The legal occupancy of any building existing on the date of adoption of this code shall be permitted to continue without change, except as otherwise specifically provided in this code, the International Fire Code or International Property Maintenance Code, or as is deemed necessary by the building official for the general safety and welfare of the occupants and the public.

Part 2 — Administration and Enforcement

Section 103 Department of Building Safety

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[A] 103.1 Creation of Enforcement Agency

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[A] 103.2 Appointment

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[A] 103.3 Deputies

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Section 104 Duties and Powers of Building Official

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[A] 104.1 General

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[A] 104.2 Applications and Permits

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[A] 104.3 Notices and Orders

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[A] 104.4 Inspections

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[A] 104.5 Identification

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[A] 104.6 Right of Entry

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[A] 104.7 Department Records

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[A] 104.8 Liability

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[A] 104.8.1 Legal Defense

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[A] 104.9 Approved Materials and Equipment

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[A] 104.9.1 Used Materials and Equipment

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[A] 104.10 Modifications

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[A] 104.10.1 Flood Hazard Areas

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[A] 104.11 Alternative Materials, Design and Methods of Construction and Equipment

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[A] 104.11.1 Research Reports

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[A] 104.11.2 Tests

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Section 105 Permits

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[A] 105.1 Required

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[A] 105.1.1 Annual Permit

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[A] 105.1.2 Annual Permit Records

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[A] 105.2 Work Exempt From Permit

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[A] 105.2.1 Emergency Repairs

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[A] 105.2.2 Repairs

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[A] 105.2.3 Public Service Agencies

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[A] 105.3 Application for Permit

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[A] 105.3.1 Action on Application

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[A] 105.3.2 Time Limitation of Application

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[A] 105.4 Validity of Permit

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[A] 105.5 Expiration

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[A] 105.6 Suspension or Revocation

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[A] 105.7 Placement of Permit

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In commercial or industrial buildings, for each floor or portion thereof designed for live loads exceeding 50 psf (2.40 kN/m2), such design live loads shall be conspicuously posted by the owner or the owner's authorized agent in that part of each story in which they apply, using durable signs. It shall be unlawful to remove or deface such notices.

[A] 106.2 Issuance of Certificate of Occupancy

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It shall be unlawful to place, or cause or permit to be placed, on any floor or roof of a building, structure or portion thereof, a load greater than is permitted by this code.

[A] 107.1 General

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Submittal documents consisting of construction documents, statement of special inspections, a geotechnical report and other data shall be submitted in one or more sets with each plan review application. The construction documents shall be prepared by a responsible design professional where required by the statutes of the jurisdiction in which the project is to be constructed. Where special conditions exist, the commissioner is authorized to require additional construction documents to be prepared by a responsible design professional.
Exception: The commissioner is authorized to waive the submission of construction documents and other data not required to be prepared by a responsible design professional if it is found that the nature of the work applied for is such that review of construction documents is not necessary to obtain compliance with this code.
Construction documents shall be in accordance with Sections 107.2.1 through 107.2.6.
Construction documents shall be dimensioned and drawn upon suitable material. Electronic media documents are permitted to be submitted where approved by the building official. Construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of this code and relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations, as determined by the building official.
Shop drawings for the fire protection system(s) shall be submitted to indicate conformance to this code and the construction documents and shall be approved prior to the start of system installation. Shop drawings shall contain all information as required by the referenced installation standards in Chapter 9.
The construction documents shall show in sufficient detail the location, construction, size and character of all portions of the means of egress including the path of the exit discharge to the public way in compliance with the provisions of this code. In other than occupancies in Groups R-2, R-3, and I-1, the construction documents shall designate the number of occupants to be accommodated on every floor, and in all rooms and spaces.
Construction documents for all buildings shall describe the exterior wall envelope in sufficient detail to determine compliance with this code. The construction documents shall provide details of the exterior wall envelope as required, including flashing, intersections with dissimilar materials, corners, end details, control joints, intersections at roof, eaves or parapets, means of drainage, water-resistive membrane and details around openings.

The construction documents shall include manufacturer's installation instructions that provide supporting documentation that the proposed penetration and opening details described in the construction documents maintain the weather resistance of the exterior wall envelope. The supporting documentation shall fully describe the exterior wall system that was tested, where applicable, as well as the test procedure used.
The construction documents submitted with the application for permit shall be accompanied by a site plan showing to scale the size and location of new construction and existing structures on the site, distances from lot lines, the established street grades and the proposed finished grades and, as applicable, flood hazard areas, floodways, and design flood elevations; and it shall be drawn in accordance with an accurate boundary line survey. In the case of demolition, the site plan shall show construction to be demolished and the location and size of existing structures and construction that are to remain on the site or plot. The building official is authorized to waive or modify the requirement for a site plan where the application for permit is for alteration or repair or where otherwise warranted.
Where design flood elevations are not specified, they shall be established in accordance with Section 1612.3.1.
The construction documents shall provide the information specified in Section 1603.

[A] 107.3 Examination of Documents

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[A] 107.3.1 Approval of Construction Documents

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[A] 107.3.2 Previous Approvals

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[A] 107.3.3 Phased Approval

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[A] 107.3.4 Design Professional in Responsible Charge

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[A] 107.3.4.1 Deferred Submittals

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[A] 107.4 Amended Construction Documents

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[A] 107.5 Retention of Construction Documents

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The building official is authorized to issue a permit for temporary structures and temporary uses. Such permits shall be limited as to time of service, but shall not be permitted for more than 180 days. The building official is authorized to grant extensions for demonstrated cause.
Temporary structures and uses shall comply with the requirements in Section 3103.
The building official is authorized to give permission to temporarily supply and use power in part of an electric installation before such installation has been fully completed and the final certificate of completion has been issued. The part covered by the temporary certificate shall comply with the requirements specified for temporary lighting, heat or power in NFPA 70.
The building official is authorized to terminate such permit for a temporary structure or use and to order the temporary structure or use to be discontinued.

Section 109 Fees

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[A] 109.1 Payment of Fees

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[A] 109.2 Schedule of Permit Fees

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[A] 109.3 Building Permit Valuations

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[A] 109.4 Work Commencing Before Permit Issuance

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[A] 109.5 Related Fees

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[A] 109.6 Refunds

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Section 110 Inspections

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[A] 110.1 General

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[A] 110.2 Preliminary Inspection

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[A] 110.3 Required Inspections

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[A] 110.3.1 Footing and Foundation Inspection

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[A] 110.3.2 Concrete Slab and Under-Floor Inspection

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[A] 110.3.3 Lowest Floor Elevation

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[A] 110.3.4 Frame Inspection

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[A] 110.3.5 Lath, Gypsum Board and Gypsum Panel Product Inspection

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[A] 110.3.6 Fire- And Smoke-Resistant Penetrations

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[A] 110.3.7 Energy Efficiency Inspections

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[A] 110.3.8 Other Inspections

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[A] 110.3.9 Special Inspections

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[A] 110.3.10 Final Inspection

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[A] 110.3.10.1 Flood Hazard Documentation

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[A] 110.4 Inspection Agencies

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[A] 110.5 Inspection Requests

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[A] 110.6 Approval Required

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Section 111 Certificate of Occupancy

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[A] 111.1 Use and Occupancy

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[A] 111.2 Certificate Issued

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[A] 111.3 Temporary Occupancy

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[A] 111.4 Revocation

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Section 112 Service Utilities

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[A] 112.1 Connection of Service Utilities

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[A] 112.2 Temporary Connection

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[A] 112.3 Authority to Disconnect Service Utilities

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Section 113 Board of Appeals

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[A] 113.1 General

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[A] 113.2 Limitations on Authority

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[A] 113.3 Qualifications

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Section 114 Violations

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[A] 114.1 Unlawful Acts

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[A] 114.2 Notice of Violation

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[A] 114.3 Prosecution of Violation

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[A] 114.4 Violation Penalties

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Section 115 Stop Work Order

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[A] 115.1 Authority

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[A] 115.2 Issuance

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[A] 115.3 Unlawful Continuance

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Section 116 Unsafe Structures and Equipment

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[A] 116.1 Conditions

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[A] 116.2 Record

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[A] 116.3 Notice

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[A] 116.4 Method of Service

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[A] 116.5 Restoration

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