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Building Code Review & Adoption Amendments, was signed into law by Governor Gary Herbert; this will go into effect July 1, 2019. Plans not previously accepted and fees paid for plan review to Salt Lake City Building Services, will be required to be designed & reviewed under the new codes.

Effective 7/1/2019
15A-2-103.  Specific editions adopted of construction code of a nationally recognized code authority.

(1) Subject to the other provisions of this part, the following construction codes are incorporated by reference, and together with the amendments specified in Chapter 3, Statewide Amendments Incorporated as Part of State Construction Code, and Chapter 4, Local Amendments Incorporated as Part of State Construction Code, are the construction standards to be applied to building construction, alteration, remodeling, and repair, and in the regulation of building construction, alteration, remodeling, and repair in the state:
(a) the 2018 edition of the International Building Code, including Appendix J, issued by the International Code Council;
(b) the 2015 edition of the International Residential Code, issued by the International Code Council;
(c) Appendix Q of the 2018 edition of the International Residential Code, issued by the International Code Council;
(d) the 2018 edition of the International Plumbing Code, issued by the International Code Council;
(e) the 2018 edition of the International Mechanical Code, issued by the International Code Council;
(f) the 2018 edition of the International Fuel Gas Code, issued by the International Code Council;
(g) the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code, issued by the National Fire Protection Association;
(h) the residential provisions of the 2015 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code, issued by the International Code Council;
(i) the commercial provisions of the 2018 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code, issued by the International Code Council;
(j) the 2018 edition of the International Existing Building Code, issued by the International Code Council;
(k) subject to Subsection 15A-2-104(2), the HUD Code;
(l) subject to Subsection 15A-2-104(1), Appendix E of the 2015 edition of the International Residential Code, issued by the International Code Council;
(m) subject to Subsection 15A-2-104(1), the 2005 edition of the NFPA 225 Model Manufactured Home Installation Standard, issued by the National Fire Protection Association; and
(n) subject to Subsection (3), for standards and guidelines pertaining to plaster on a historic property, as defined in Section 9-8-302, the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.

(2) Consistent with Title 65A, Chapter 8, Management of Forest Lands and Fire Control, the Legislature adopts the 2006 edition of the Utah Wildland Urban Interface Code, issued by the International Code Council, with the alternatives or amendments approved by the Utah Division of Forestry, as a construction code that may be adopted by a local compliance agency by local ordinance or other similar action as a local amendment to the codes listed in this section.
(3) The standards and guidelines described in Subsection (1)(n) apply only if:
(a) the owner of the historic property receives a government tax subsidy based on the property’s status as a historic property;
(b) the historic property is wholly or partially funded by public money; or
(c) the historic property is owned by a government entity.

Essential Facilities Policy

We will be designating a specific group of buildings and or structures in Salt Lake City as “Essential Facilities.” Included in this group are all future-built Group I-2 Occupancies with two or more operating rooms. Essential facilities are defined in the 2006 International Building Code (IBC), Section 1602 as:

Buildings and other structures that are intended to remain operational in the event of extreme environmental loading from flood, wind, snow or earthquakes.

This requirement is identified on the City’s website in various locations and included in all checklists for plan review and DRT. Any questions regarding this directive should be addressed to Orion Goff, Salt Lake City Building Official.

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