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International Building Code 2009 (IBC 2009)

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Part 1 — Scope and Application

101.1 Title

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These regulations shall be known as the North Carolina Building Code as adopted by the North Carolina Building Code Council on September 14, 2010 to be effective September 1, 2011. References to the International Code shall mean the North Carolina Codes. The North Carolina amendments to the International Code are underlined.

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.
Exceptions:
  1. 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.
  2. Farm buildings located outside of the building rules jurisdiction of any municipality.

    Exception: All buildings used for sleeping purposes shall conform to the provisions of the technical codes.
  3. The design, construction, location, installation or operation of equipment for storing, handling and transporting liquefied petroleum gases for fuel purposes up to the outlet of the first stage pressure regulator, and anhydrous ammonia or other liquid fertilizers.
  4. The design, construction, location, installation or operation of equipment or facilities of a public utility, as defined in G.S. 62-3, or an electric or telephone membership corporation, including without limitation poles, towers and other structures supporting electric or communication lines from the distribution network up to the meter location.

    Note: All buildings owned and operated by a public utility or an electric or telephone membership corporation shall meet the provisions of this code.
  5. The Storage and Handling of Hazardous Chemicals Right to Know Act, Article 18 of Chapter 95 of the North Carolina General Statutes.

101.2.1 Appendices

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Provisions in the appendices shall not apply unless specifically adopted or referenced in this code.
The purpose of this code is to establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety 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 safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.
The other codes listed in Sections 101.4.1 through 101.4.6 and referenced elsewhere in this code shall be considered part of the requirements of this code to the prescribed extent of each such reference.
The provisions of the International Fuel Gas Code shall apply to the installation of gas piping from the point of delivery, gas appliances and related accessories as covered in this code. These requirements apply to gas piping systems extending from the point of delivery to the inlet connections of appliances and the installation and operation of residential and commercial gas appliances and related accessories.
The provisions of the International Mechanical Code shall apply to the installation, alterations, repairs and replacement of mechanical systems, including equipment, appliances, fixtures, fittings and/or appurtenances, including ventilating, heating, cooling, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, incinerators and other energy-related systems.
The provisions of the International Plumbing Code shall apply to the installation, alteration, repair and replacement of plumbing systems, including equipment, appliances, fixtures, fittings and appurtenances, and where connected to a water or sewage system and all aspects of a medical gas system. The provisions of the International Private Sewage Disposal Code shall apply to private sewage disposal systems.

101.4.4 Property Maintenance

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The provisions of the International Fire Code shall apply to matters affecting or relating to structures, processes and premises from the hazard of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling or use of structures, materials or devices; from conditions hazardous to life, property or public welfare in the occupancy of structures or premises; and from the construction, extension, repair, alteration or removal of fire suppression and alarm systems or fire hazards in the structure or on the premises from occupancy or operation.
The provisions of the International Energy Conservation Code shall apply to all matters governing the design and construction of buildings for energy efficiency.

101.5 Requirements of Other State Agencies, Occupational Licensing Boards or Commissions

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The North Carolina State Building Codes do not include all additional requirements for buildings and structures that may be imposed by other State agencies, occupational licensing boards and commissions. It shall be the responsibility of a permit holder, registered design professional, contractor or occupational licensing holder to determine whether any additional requirements exist.
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. Where differences occur between provisions of this code and referenced codes and standards, the provisions of this code shall apply.
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.
The legal occupancy of any structure existing on the date of adoption of this code shall be permitted to continue without change, except as is specifically covered in this code, the International Property Maintenance Code or the International Fire 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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103.1 Creation of Enforcement Agency

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103.2 Appointment

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103.3 Deputies

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Section 104 Duties and Powers of Building Official

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104.1 General

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104.2 Applications and Permits

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104.3 Notices and Orders

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104.4 Inspections

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104.5 Identification

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104.6 Right of Entry

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104.7 Department Records

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104.8 Liability

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104.9 Approved Materials and Equipment

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104.9.1 Used Materials and Equipment

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104.10 Modifications

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104.11 Alternative Materials, Design and Methods of Construction and Equipment

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104.11.1 Research Reports

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104.11.2 Tests

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Section 105 Permits

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105.1 Required

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105.1.1 Annual Permit

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105.1.2 Annual Permit Records

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105.2 Work Exempt From Permit

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105.2.1 Emergency Repairs

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105.2.2 Repairs

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105.2.3 Public Service Agencies

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105.3 Application for Permit

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105.3.1 Action on Application

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105.3.2 Time Limitation of Application

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105.4 Validity of Permit

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105.5 Expiration

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105.6 Suspension or Revocation

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105.7 Placement of Permit

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Section 106 Floor and Roof Design Loads

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106.1 Live Loads Posted

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106.2 Issuance of Certificate of Occupancy

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106.3 Restrictions on Loading

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Section 107 Submittal Documents

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107.1 General

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107.2 Construction Documents

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107.2.1 Information on Construction Documents

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107.2.2 Fire Protection System Shop Drawings

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107.2.3 Means of Egress

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107.2.4 Exterior Wall Envelope

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107.2.5 Site Plan

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107.2.5.1 Design Flood Elevations

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107.3 Examination of Documents

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107.3.1 Approval of Construction Documents

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107.3.2 Previous Approvals

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107.3.3 Phased Approval

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107.3.4 Design Professional in Responsible Charge

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107.3.4.1 General

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107.3.4.2 Deferred Submittals

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107.4 Amended Construction Documents

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107.5 Retention of Construction Documents

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Section 108 Temporary Structures and Uses

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108.1 General

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108.2 Conformance

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108.3 Temporary Power

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108.4 Termination of Approval

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Section 109 Fees

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109.1 Payment of Fees

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109.2 Schedule of Permit Fees

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109.3 Building Permit Valuations

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109.4 Work Commencing Before Permit Issuance

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109.5 Related Fees

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109.6 Refunds

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Section 110 Inspections

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110.1 General

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110.2 Preliminary Inspection

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110.3 Required Inspections

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110.3.1 Footing and Foundation Inspection

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110.3.2 Concrete Slab and Under-Floor Inspection

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110.3.3 Lowest Floor Elevation

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110.3.4 Frame Inspection

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110.3.5 Lath and Gypsum Board Inspection

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110.3.6 Fire- And Smoke-Resistant Penetrations

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110.3.7 Energy Efficiency Inspections

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110.3.8 Other Inspections

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110.3.9 Special Inspections

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110.3.10 Final Inspection

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110.4 Inspection Agencies

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110.5 Inspection Requests

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110.6 Approval Required

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Section 111 Certificate of Occupancy

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111.1 Use and Occupancy

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111.2 Certificate Issued

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111.3 Temporary Occupancy

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111.4 Revocation

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Section 112 Service Utilities

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112.1 Connection of Service Utilities

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112.2 Temporary Connection

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112.3 Authority to Disconnect Service Utilities

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Section 113 Board of Appeals

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113.1 General

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113.2 Limitations on Authority

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113.3 Qualifications

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Section 114 Violations

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114.1 Unlawful Acts

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114.2 Notice of Violation

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114.3 Prosecution of Violation

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114.4 Violation Penalties

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Section 115 Stop Work Order

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115.1 Authority

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115.2 Issuance

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115.3 Unlawful Continuance

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Section 116 Unsafe Structures and Equipment

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116.1 Conditions

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116.2 Record

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116.3 Notice

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116.4 Method of Service

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116.5 Restoration

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