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About this chapter: Chapter 14 is applicable to any building that is moved or relocated. The relocation of a building will automatically cause an inspection and evaluation process that enables the jurisdiction to determine the level of compliance with the International Fire Code® and the International Property Maintenance Code®. These two codes, by their scope, are applicable to existing buildings. This is the case regardless of any repair, remodeling, alteration work or change of occupancy occurring (see the International Fire Code and International Property Maintenance Code).

This chapter provides requirements for relocated or moved structures, including relocatable buildings as defined in Chapter 2.

The building shall be safe for human occupancy as determined by the International Fire Code and the International Property Maintenance Code. Any repair, alteration or change of occupancy undertaken within the moved structure shall comply with the requirements of this code applicable to the work being performed. Any field-fabricated elements shall comply with the requirements of the International Building Code or the International Residential Code as applicable.

The building shall be located on the lot in accordance with the requirements of the International Building Code or the International Residential Code as applicable.
The foundation system of relocated buildings shall comply with the International Building Code or the International Residential Code as applicable.
The connection of the relocated building to the foundation shall comply with the International Building Code or the International Residential Code as applicable.

Buildings shall comply with International Building Code or International Residential Code wind provisions as applicable.

Exceptions:

  1. Detached one- and two-family dwellings and Group U occupancies where wind loads at the new location are not higher than those at the previous location.
  2. Structural elements whose stress is not increased by more than 10 percent.

Buildings shall comply with International Building Code or International Residential Code seismic provisions at the new location as applicable.

Exceptions:

  1. Structures in Seismic Design Categories A and B and detached one- and two-family dwellings in Seismic Design Categories A, B and C where the seismic loads at the new location are not higher than those at the previous location.
  2. Structural elements whose stress is not increased by more than 10 percent.

Structures shall comply with International Building Code or International Residential Code snow loads as applicable where snow loads at the new location are higher than those at the previous location.

Exception: Structural elements whose stress is not increased by more than 5 percent.

If relocated or moved into a flood hazard area, structures shall comply with Section 1612 of the International Building Code, or Section R322 of the International Residential Code, as applicable.
The code official shall be authorized to inspect, or to require approved professionals to inspect at the expense of the owner, the various structural parts of a relocated building to verify that structural components and connections have not sustained structural damage. Any repairs required by the code official as a result of such inspection shall be made prior to the final approval.
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