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International Residential Code 2009 (IRC 2009)

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Part I — Scope and Application

R101.1 Title

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These provisions shall be known as the North Carolina Residential Code for One- and Two-family Dwellings and shall be cited as such and will be referred to herein as "this code." These regulations were adopted by the North Carolina Building Code Council on December 14, 2010, to be effective January 1, 2012. References to the International Codes shall mean the North Carolina Codes. The North Carolina amendments to the International Codes are underlined.

R101.2 Scope

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The provisions of the North Carolina Residential Code for One- and Two-family Dwellings shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, removal and demolition of detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories above grade plane in height with a separate means of egress and their accessory buildings and structures.


Exception: Live/work units complying with the requirements of Section 419 of the North Carolina Building Code shall be permitted to be built as one- and two-family dwellings or townhouses. Fire suppression required by Section 419.5 of the North Carolina Building Code when constructed under the North Carolina Residential Code for One- and Two-family Dwellings shall conform to Section 903.3.1.3 of the International Building Code.

R101.2.1 Accessory Buildings

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Accessory buildings with any dimension greater than 12 feet (3658 mm) must meet the provisions of this code. Accessory buildings may be constructed without a masonry or concrete foundation, except in coastal high hazard or ocean hazard areas, provided all of the following conditions are met:
  1. The accessory building shall not exceed 400 square feet (37 m2) or one story in height:
  2. The building is supported on a wood foundation of a minimum 2 by 6 or 3 by 4 mud sill of approved wood in accordance with Section R317: and
  3. The building is anchored to resist overturning and sliding by installing a minimum of one ground anchor at each corner of the building. The total resisting force of the anchors shall be equal to 20 psf (958 Pa) times the plan area of the building.

R101.2.2 Accessory Structures

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Accessory structures shall meet the provisions of this code. Accessory structures not listed below are not required to meet the provisions of this code.
  1. Decks, See Appendix M,
  2. Gazebos,
  3. Retaining wall, See Section R404.4,
  4. Detached masonry chimneys located less than 10 feet from other buildings or lot lines,
  5. Swimming pools and spas, See Appendix G,
  6. Detached carports,
  7. Docks, piers, bulkheads, and waterways structures, See Section R324.
Exception: Portable lightweight aluminum or canvas type carports not exceeding 400 square feet or 12-feet mean roof height and tree houses supported solely by a tree are exempt from the provisions of this code.

R101.3 Intent Purpose

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The purpose of this code is to establish minimum requirements to safeguard the public safety, health and general welfare through affordability, structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, light and ventilation, energy conservation and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment.
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.

Exception: Where enforcement of a code provision would violate the conditions of the listing of the equipment or appliance, the conditions of the listing and manufacturer's instructions shall apply.

R102.5 Appendices

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Provisions in the appendices shall not apply unless specifically referenced in the code text.
In the event 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.

R102.7 Existing Structures

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For requirements of existing structures, refer to the North Carolina Administration and Enforcement Requirements Code and the North Carolina Existing Building Code.
Additions, alterations or repairs to any structure shall conform to the requirements for a new structure without requiring the existing structure to comply with all of the requirements of this code, unless otherwise stated. Additions, alterations or repairs shall not cause an existing structure to become unsafe or adversely affect the performance of the building.

Part II — Administration and Enforcement

Section R103 Department of Building Safety

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R103.1 Creation of Enforcement Agency

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R103.2 Appointment

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R103.3 Deputies

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Section R104 Duties and Powers of the Building Official

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R104.1 General

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R104.2 Applications and Permits

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R104.3 Notices and Orders

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R104.4 Inspections

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R104.5 Identification

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R104.6 Right of Entry

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R104.7 Department Records

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R104.8 Liability

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R104.9 Approved Materials and Equipment

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R104.9.1 Used Materials and Equipment

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R104.10 Modifications

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R104.10.1 Areas Prone to Flooding

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R104.11 Alternative Materials, Design and Methods of Construction and Equipment

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R104.11.1 Tests

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Section R104 Duties and Powers of the Building Official

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Section R105 Permits

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R105.1 Required

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R105.2 Work Exempt From Permit

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R105.2.1 Emergency Repairs

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R105.2.2 Repairs

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R105.2.3 Public Service Agencies

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R105.3 Application for Permit

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R105.3.1 Action on Application

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R105.3.2 Time Limitation of Application

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R105.4 Validity of Permit

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R105.5 Expiration

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R105.6 Suspension or Revocation

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R105.7 Placement of Permit

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R105.8 Responsibility

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R105.9 Preliminary Inspection

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Section R105 Permits

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Section R106 Construction Documents

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R106.1 Submittal Documents

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R106.1.1 Information on Construction Documents

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R106.1.2 Manufacturer's Installation Instructions

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R106.1.3 Information for Construction in Flood Hazard Areas

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R106.2 Site Plan or Plot Plan

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R106.3 Examination of Documents

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R106.3.1 Approval of Construction Documents

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R106.3.2 Previous Approvals

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R106.3.3 Phased Approval

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R106.4 Amended Construction Documents

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R106.5 Retention of Construction Documents

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Section R106 Construction Documents

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Section R107 Temporary Structures and Uses

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R107.1 General

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R107.2 Conformance

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R107.3 Temporary Power

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R107.4 Termination of Approval

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Section R108 Fees

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R108.1 Payment of Fees

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R108.2 Schedule of Permit Fees

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R108.3 Building Permit Valuations

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R108.4 Related Fees

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R108.5 Refunds

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R108.6 Work Commencing Before Permit Issuance

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Section R109 Inspections

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R109.1 Types of Inspections

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R109.1.1 Foundation Inspection

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R109.1.2 Plumbing, Mechanical, Gas and Electrical Systems Inspection

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R109.1.3 Floodplain Inspections

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R109.1.4 Frame and Masonry Inspection

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R109.1.5 Other Inspections

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R109.1.5.1 Fire-Resistance-Rated Construction Inspection

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R109.1.6 Final Inspection

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R109.2 Inspection Agencies

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R109.3 Inspection Requests

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R109.4 Approval Required

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Section R110 Certificate of Occupancy

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R110.1 Use and Occupancy

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R110.2 Change in Use

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R110.3 Certificate Issued

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R110.4 Temporary Occupancy

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R110.5 Revocation

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Section R111 Service Utilities

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R111.1 Connection of Service Utilities

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R111.2 Temporary Connection

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R111.3 Authority to Disconnect Service Utilities

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Section R112 Board of Appeals

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R112.1 General

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R112.2 Limitations on Authority

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R112.2.1 Determination of Substantial Improvement in Areas Prone to Flooding

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R112.2.2 Criteria for Issuance of a Variance for Areas Prone to Flooding

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R112.3 Qualifications

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R112.4 Administration

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Section R113 Violations

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R113.1 Unlawful Acts

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R113.2 Notice of Violation

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R113.3 Prosecution of Violation

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R113.4 Violation Penalties

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Section R114 Stop Work Order

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R114.1 Notice to Owner

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R114.2 Unlawful Continuance

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