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File #: 18-412B    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 7/10/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/17/2018 Final action:
Title: Provide feedback on significant changes identified through the 2018 International Building Code Update.
Attachments: 1. 2018 International Building Code Significant Changes, 2. Staff’s Recommendation Regarding Battery Smoke Alarms, 3. Smart Home Technologies Staff Memo, 4. Residential Fire Suppression Staff Memo, 5. April 18, 2018 BRB Meeting Minutes, 6. May 16, 2018 BRB DRAFT Meeting Minutes

Provide feedback on significant changes identified through the 2018 International Building Code Update.

DEPARTMENT: Transportation, Engineering and Development

SUBMITTED BY: Trevor Dick, Operations Manager


Building codes establish a minimum standard for construction to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the general public that occupy the resulting structures. The current adopted codes include the following:

* International Building Code (2012)
* International Residential Code (2012)
* International Energy Conservation Code (current)*
* International Fire Code (2012)
* Life Safety Code (2006)*
* National Fire Code (NFPA, current)
* International Plumbing Code (2012)
* Illinois State Plumbing Code (current)*
* International Code Council Electrical Administrative Provisions (2006)
* National Electric Code (2011)
* International Fuel Gas Code (2012)
* International Property Maintenance Code (2012)
* International Mechanical Code (2012)
* International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (2012)
* International Existing Building Code (2012)
* Illinois Accessibility Code (current)*
* Illinois Elevator Safety Rules, 41 Ill. Adm. Code 1000.60 (current)
*mandatory codes

Since codes are ever evolving to keep pace with new technology, materials and trends in the building industry, it is recommended to review and adopt the latest codes on a regular basis to ensure continued quality and safe construction. It should be noted that some codes are mandatory and cannot be amended, unless amendments are stricter than the mandated code. The mandatory codes have been identified with an asterisk (*) above.

Acknowledging the sheer volume of the code provisions, a multi-step process was developed. The approach allows for early input from builders/architects/residents, the Building Review Board (BRB), and the City Council prior to discussing the significant changes with the pu...

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