Chapter 30.50
CONSTRUCTION CODES - ADMINISTRATION

Sections:

PART 000 General.

30.50.010    Purpose and applicability.

30.50.012    Scope.

30.50.014    General applicability.

30.50.016    Other laws.

30.50.018    Referenced codes and standards.

30.50.020    Building Official - Appointment, designation, duties, and powers.

30.50.040    Appeal procedure.

30.50.070    Enforcement.

30.50.080    Resource lands.

30.50.090    Existing structures.

PART 100 Administration.

30.50.100    Application for permits.

30.50.102    Applications and permits.

30.50.103    Work exempt from permit.

30.50.104    Action on applications.

30.50.106    Citations, notices, and orders.

30.50.108    Inspections.

30.50.110    Preliminary inspection.

30.50.112    Other inspections.

30.50.114    Identification.

30.50.116    Right of entry.

30.50.118    Department records.

30.50.120    Liability.

30.50.122    Approved materials and equipment.

30.50.124    Used materials and equipment.

30.50.126    Modifications.

30.50.128    Alternative materials, design and methods of construction and equipment.

30.50.130    Research reports.

30.50.132    Tests.

30.50.134    Emergency repairs.

30.50.136    Repairs.

30.50.138    Public service agencies.

30.50.140    Time limitation of application.

30.50.142    Validity of permit.

30.50.144    Expiration.

30.50.146    Suspension or revocation.

30.50.148    Placement of permit.

30.50.150    Responsibility.

30.50.152    Payment of fees.

30.50.154    Schedule of permit fees.

30.50.156    Building permit valuations.

30.50.158    Related fees.

30.50.160    Refunds.

30.50.162    Work commencing before permit issuance.

30.50.164    Connection of service utilities.

30.50.166    Temporary connection.

30.50.168    Authority to disconnect service utilities.

PART 200 Reserved for Future Use.

PART 300 Administration - Building Code.

30.50.300    Building Code - Title.

30.50.302    Building Code - Scope.

30.50.304    Building Code - Intent.

30.50.306    Building Code - Permits required.

30.50.308    Repealed.

30.50.310    Building Code - Floor and roof design loads - general.

30.50.312    Building Code - Issuance of certificate of occupancy.

30.50.314    Building Code - Restrictions on loading.

30.50.316    Building code - Submittal documents.

30.50.318    Building Code - Information on construction documents.

30.50.320    Building Code - Fire protection system shop drawings.

30.50.322    Building Code - Means of egress.

30.50.324    Building Code - Exterior wall envelope.

30.50.326    Building Code - Site plan.

30.50.328    Building Code - Design flood elevations.

30.50.329    Building Code - Structural information.

30.50.330    Building Code - Examination of documents.

30.50.332    Building Code - Approval of construction documents.

30.50.334    Building Code - Phased approval.

30.50.336    Building Code - Design professional in responsible charge - general.

30.50.338    Building Code - Deferred submittals.

30.50.340    Building Code - Amended construction documents.

30.50.342    Building Code - Retention of construction documents.

30.50.344    Building Code - Temporary structures and uses - general.

30.50.346    Building Code - Conformance.

30.50.348    Building Code - Termination of approval for temporary structure or use.

30.50.350    Building Code - Inspections - general.

30.50.352    Building Code - Required inspections.

30.50.354    Building Code - Footing and foundation inspection.

30.50.356    Building Code - Concrete slab and under-floor inspection.

30.50.358    Building Code - Lowest floor elevation.

30.50.360    Building Code - Frame inspection.

30.50.362    Building Code - Lath, gypsum board, and gypsum panel product inspections.

30.50.364    Building Code - Fire- and smoke-resistant penetrations.

30.50.366    Building Code - Energy efficiency inspections.

30.50.368    Building Code - Special inspections.

30.50.370    Building Code - Final inspection.

30.50.372    Building Code - Inspection agencies.

30.50.374    Building Code - Inspection requests.

30.50.376    Building Code - Approval required.

30.50.378    Building Code - Certificate of occupancy.

30.50.380    Building Code - Certificates issued.

30.50.382    Building Code - Temporary occupancy.

30.50.384    Building Code - Revocation.

30.50.386    Building Code - Conditions for unsafe structures and equipment.

30.50.388    Building Code - Report of unsafe condition.

30.50.390    Building Code - Notice of unsafe condition.

30.50.392    Building Code - Method of service.

30.50.394    Building Code - Restoration.

PART 400 Administration - Residential Code

30.50.400    Residential Code - Title.

30.50.402    Residential Code - Scope.

30.50.404    Residential Code - Intent.

30.50.406    Residential Code - Permit required.

30.50.408    Repealed.

30.50.410    Residential Code - Areas prone to flooding.

30.50.412    Residential Code - Information for construction in flood hazard areas

30.50.414    Residential Code - Determination of substantially improved or substantially damaged existing buildings in flood hazard areas.

30.50.416    Residential Code - Additions, alterations or repairs.

30.50.418    Residential Code - Moved buildings.

30.50.420    Residential Code - Construction documents.

30.50.422    Residential Code - Information on construction documents.

30.50.424    Residential Code - Manufacturer’s installation instructions.

30.50.426    Residential Code - Site plan or plot plan.

30.50.428    Residential Code - Examination of documents.

30.50.430    Residential Code - Approval of construction documents

30.50.432    Residential Code - Phased approval.

30.50.434    Residential Code - Amended construction documents.

30.50.436    Residential Code - Retention of construction documents.

30.50.438    Residential Code - Temporary structures and uses - general.

30.50.440    Residential Code - Conformance.

30.50.442    Residential Code - Temporary power.

30.50.444    Residential Code - Termination of approval.

30.50.446    Residential Code - Types of inspections.

30.50.448    Residential Code - Foundation inspection.

30.50.450    Residential Code - Plumbing, mechanical, gas and electrical systems inspection.

30.50.452    Residential Code - Floodplain inspections.

30.50.454    Residential Code - Frame and masonry inspection.

30.50.456    Residential Code - Fire-resistance-rated construction inspection.

30.50.458    Residential Code - Final inspection.

30.50.460    Residential Code - Inspection agencies.

30.50.462    Residential Code - Inspection requests.

30.50.464    Residential Code - Approval required.

30.50.466    Residential Code - Certificates of use and occupancy.

30.50.468    Residential Code - Change in use.

30.50.470    Residential Code - Certificate of occupancy.

30.50.472    Residential Code - Temporary occupancy.

30.50.474    Residential Code - Suspension or revocation.

PART 000 General.

30.50.010 Purpose and applicability.

The provisions in this chapter provide for the administration, decision making, and enforcement under the construction codes adopted by the county and other specific codes for site preparation, building maintenance, and installation or placement of mobile homes and commercial coaches. The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the administration, organization and enforcement of the construction codes adopted by the county.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended Ord. 07-084, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.012 Scope.

This chapter establishes the administrative, organizational and enforcement rules and regulations for the construction codes which regulate site preparation and construction, alteration, moving, demolition, repair, use and occupancy of buildings, structures and building service equipment within the jurisdiction of the county. The provisions of this chapter shall apply to the administration of the following construction codes as adopted and amended by the Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC) and as adopted by the county:

(1) International Building Code;

(2) International Mechanical Code;

(3) Washington State Energy Code;

(4) Uniform Plumbing Code; and

(5) International Residential Code.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.014 General applicability.

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 the construction codes specify different materials, methods of construction or other requirements, the most restrictive shall govern.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.016 Other laws.

The provisions of the construction codes shall not be applied in a manner that conflicts with local, state or federal law.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.018 Referenced codes and standards.

The codes and standards referenced in the construction codes shall be considered part of the requirements of the construction codes to the prescribed extent of each such reference. Where differences occur between provisions of the construction codes and referenced codes and standards, the provisions of the construction codes shall apply. Exception: Where enforcement of a provision of the construction codes would violate the condition of the listing of the equipment or appliance, the conditions of the listing and manufacturer’s instructions shall apply.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.020 Building Official - Appointment, designation, duties, and powers.

(1) The building official shall be appointed by the director pursuant to chapter 2.01 SCC.

(2) The building official is the person designated by the director and charged with application, enforcement and interpretation of the construction codes as set forth in subtitle 30.5 SCC, except that the fire marshal is charged with the application, enforcement and interpretation of the fire code, related standards for water mains and fire hydrants and automatic sprinkler system standards in chapter 30.53A SCC. The building official may also adopt policies and procedures in order to clarify the application of the building code. Such interpretations, policies and procedures shall be in conformance with the intent and purpose of the construction codes. Such policies and procedures shall not have the effect of waiving requirements specifically provided for in the construction codes.

(3) The building official shall enforce the provisions of the construction codes and may coordinate with the code enforcement staff to pursue enforcement actions pursuant to chapter 30.85 SCC and the construction codes.

(4) In accordance with adopted policies and procedures and with the concurrence of the director, the building official or designee shall have the authority to assign a deputy building official, technical officers, inspectors, plan examiners and other employees. Such employees shall have powers as delegated by the building official.

(Added Amended Ord. 07-084, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.040 Appeal procedure.

Orders, decisions or determinations made by the building official or fire marshal relative to the application and interpretation of the construction codes shall be final. Any appeal shall be a judicial appeal filed in superior court pursuant to the Land Use Petition Act (chapter 36.70C RCW).

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended Ord. 07-084, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007)

30.50.070 Enforcement.

Enforcement of the construction codes in subtitle 30.5 SCC shall be pursuant to the provisions of chapter 30.85 SCC or related construction code provisions.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended Ord. 07-084, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007)

30.50.080 Resource lands.

The provisions of subtitle 30.5 SCC, are subject to the requirements of the resource lands chapters 30.32A, 30.32B, and 30.32C SCC. In the event of a conflict between the provisions of any construction code and the provisions of the resource lands chapters, the resource lands chapters shall control.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003)

30.50.090 Existing structures.

The legal occupancy of any structure existing on the date of adoption of the construction codes shall be permitted to continue without change, unless such occupancy is specifically prohibited or otherwise limited by the construction codes or fire code, or if the building official determines that such occupancy is contrary to the general safety and welfare of the occupants and the public.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

PART 100 Administration.

30.50.100 Application for permits.

To obtain a permit, the applicant shall first file an application in writing on a form furnished by the department for that purpose, along with other data and information as required by the building official.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.102 Applications and permits.

The building official or his designee shall receive applications, review construction documents and issue permits for the erection, alteration, demolition and moving of buildings and structures, inspect the premises for which such permits have been issued and enforce compliance with the provisions of the construction codes.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.103 Work exempt from permit.

Permits shall not be required for the exemptions listed in this section. Exemption from permit requirements of these codes shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of the building code, residential code, or any other laws or county ordinances. Work exempt under this provision may still require the applicable permit(s) when located in flood hazard or critical areas and be subject to other requirements in this title.

(1) Building.

(a) Accessory structures.

(i) Structures under the residential code: One-story detached accessory structures not used for human habitation including but not limited to tool and storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses, provided:

(A) The floor area does not exceed 200 square feet (18.6 m2) and the sidewalls do not exceed nine feet in height for structures located in the Urban Growth Area (UGA); and

(B) The floor area does not exceed 400 square feet (37.2 m2), and the sidewalls do not exceed 11 feet in height for structures located outside of the UGA.

(C) Eaves may extend maximum 24 inches past exterior walls.

(D) A storage loft/mezzanine is allowed as long as the area of the loft/mezzanine does not exceed one third the area of the building footprint.

(ii) Structures under the building code: One-story detached accessory structures not used for human habitation including but not limited to, tool and storage sheds, playhouses, agricultural structures, and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet (18.6 m2) and the accessory structure is located in accordance with this title.

(b) Fences not over eight feet (2,438 mm) high that do not have masonry or concrete elements above six feet (1,829 mm). This calculation shall not include wire strands on top of eight foot fences when permitted under this title.

(c) Retaining walls that are not over four feet (1,219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or III A liquids.

(d) Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18,927 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed two to one.

(e) Sidewalks and driveways.

(f) Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.

(g) Prefabricated swimming pools regulated under the IRC that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep.

(h) Prefabricated swimming pools regulated under the IBC that are accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy which are: less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallons (18,925 L), and are installed entirely above ground.

(i) Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one- and two-family dwellings.

(j) Window awnings for Group R-3 and U occupancies and structures regulated by the IRC that: are supported by an exterior wall, do not project more than 54 inches (1,372 mm) from the exterior wall, and do not require additional support.

(k) Flag and light poles that do not exceed 20 feet in height.

(l) Oil derricks.

(m) Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.

(n) Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes, not including service systems.

(o) Non-fixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters and partitions not over five feet nine inches (1,753 mm) in height.

(p) One story jobs shacks that are placed at the job site during construction, for which a permit has been issued or applied, may be allowed on a temporary basis and shall be removed upon final approval of construction. A job shack is a portable structure for which the primary purpose is to house equipment and supplies, and which may serve as a temporary office during construction for the purposes of the construction activity.

(q) Membrane structures as follows:

(i) Membrane structures as are defined in IBC chapter 31 which do not exceed 200 square feet (18.6 m2), or which do not exceed 400 square feet (37.2 m2) when two or more sides are open. Such structures shall not be used as a habitable space.

(ii) Such structures as are defined in WAC 51-50-007 which are used solely for the commercial production of horticultural plants including ornamental plants, flowers, vegetables, and fruits. "Temporary growing structure" means a structure that has the sides and roof covered with polyethylene, polyvinyl, or similar flexible synthetic material and is used to provide plants with either frost protection or increased heat retention. Such structures shall not be used for other non-agricultural uses including, but not limited to, office space, mercantile, manufacturing, or habitable space.

(iii) Such structures as are defined as agricultural buildings in the IBC which have the sides and roof covered with polyethylene, polyvinyl, or similar flexible synthetic material. The combined aggregate total area of these structures shall not exceed 1,000 square feet on a minimum five-acre lot, 2,000 square feet (186 m2), on a minimum 10-acre lot, 3,000 square feet (279 m2) on a minimum 15-acre lot, 4,000 square feet (372 m2) on a minimum 20-acre lot, or 5,000 square feet (464.5 m2) on a lot of 25 acres or larger. Such structures shall not be used for other non-agricultural uses including, but not limited to, office space, mercantile, manufacturing, or habitable space.

(r) Decks, associated platforms and steps for residential buildings constructed under the provisions of the IRC which are not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade at any point, not over any basement or story below, and are not part of an accessible route of travel.

(s) Reroof overlay of residential structures if limited to two total layers of roofing material and re- roofing (tear off and replace) using same type of roofing material provided roof sheathing is not removed or replaced.

(2) Gas.

(a) Portable heating, cooking or clothes drying appliances.

(b) Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.

(c) Under residential code: Portable fuel cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.

(3) Mechanical.

(a) Portable heating appliances.

(b) Portable ventilation appliances.

(c) Portable cooling units.

(d) Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by the residential code or building code.

(e) Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.

(f) Portable evaporative coolers.

(g) Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds (454 kg) or less of refrigerant or that are actuated by motors of one horsepower (746 W) or less.

(h) Specific to the residential code:

(i) Portable fuel cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed plumbing system and are not interconnected to a power grid.

(ii) Photovoltaic (PV) panels meeting all of the following criteria:

(A) PV system is designed and proposed for a detached single-family house.

(B) PV system is designed for the rooftop of a house in compliance with applicable codes.

(C) The mounting system is engineered and designed for PV.

(D) The rooftop is made from lightweight material such as shingles.

(E) PV system has an approved and issued electrical permit.

(F) To address uplift, panels are mounted no higher than 18 inches above the surface of the roofing to which they are affixed, and except for flat roofs, no portion of the system may exceed the highest point of the roof.

(G) Total dead load of panels, supports, mountings, raceways and all other appurtenances weigh no more than:

(I) Three and one-half pounds per square foot (PSF); or

(II) Four and one-half pounds per square foot for frameless panels on a roof with a slope of at least three vertical in 12 horizontal; or

(III) Five pounds per square foot for frameless panels on a roof with a slope of at least five vertical in 12 horizontal.

(H) Supports for solar panels are installed to spread the dead load across as many roof-framing members as needed to ensure that at no point are loads caused in excess of 50 pounds.

(I) Attachment to the roof is specified by the mounting system manufacturer.

(J) A method and type of weatherproofing roof penetrations are provided.

(K) The house is code compliant with setbacks and height, or the code allows expansion of nonconformity for solar panels.

(4) Plumbing.

(a) The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe, except that if any concealed trap, drain pipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made pursuant to subtitle 30.5 SCC.

(b) The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures and the removal and reinstallation of water closets when such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.

(Added by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.104 Action on applications.

(1) The building official shall examine or cause to be examined applications for permits and amendments thereto within a reasonable time after filing. If the application or the construction documents do not conform to the requirements of applicable laws, the building official shall reject such application in writing, stating the reasons therefore. If the building official is satisfied that the proposed work conforms to the requirements of the construction codes and all other applicable laws and ordinances, the building official shall issue a permit as soon as practicable.

(2) Where a building permit application has been made for construction, other than for maintenance, repairs, and minor alterations, on a parcel of land not served by a public sanitary sewer system, a building permit shall not be issued without prior approval from the Snohomish Health District of an approved means of waste disposal.

(3) In order to determine that the plans, specifications, and other data filed for review conform to the requirements of this and other applicable laws and ordinances, the building official may require an inspection and evaluation of the site of any proposed construction.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.106 Citations, notices, and orders.

The building official may pursue any remedy set forth in chapter 30.85 SCC to ensure compliance with the construction codes and may coordinate with the code enforcement staff in pursuing such action.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.108 Inspections.

The building official shall conduct all required inspections or have authority to accept reports of inspection by approved agencies or individuals. Reports of such inspections shall be in writing and be certified by an officer of an approved agency or by an approved individual. The building official is authorized to engage additional expert opinion as deemed necessary to report upon unusual technical issues that arise, subject to the approval of the director or appointing authority.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.110 Preliminary inspection.

Before issuing a permit, the building official may examine or cause to be examined buildings, structures and sites for which an application has been filed.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.112 Other inspections.

In addition to the inspections authorized under SCC 30.50.108 and SCC 30.50.110, the building official may conduct or require any other inspections to ascertain compliance with the construction codes and other laws enforced by the building official.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.114 Identification.

The building official shall carry proper identification when inspecting structures or premises in the performance of duties under the construction codes.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.116 Right of entry.

Where it is necessary to make an inspection to enforce the provisions of the construction codes, or where the building official has reasonable cause to believe that there exists in a structure or upon a premises a condition which is contrary to or in violation of the construction codes which makes the structure or premises unsafe, dangerous or hazardous, the building official is authorized to enter the structure or premises at reasonable times to inspect or to perform the duties imposed by the construction codes, provided that if such structure or premises be occupied that credentials be presented to the occupant and entry requested. If such structure or premises is unoccupied, the building official shall first make a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person having charge or control of the structure or premises and request entry. If entry is refused, the building official shall have recourse to the remedies provided by law to secure entry.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.118 Department records.

The building official shall keep official records of applications received, permits and certificates issued, fees collected, reports of inspections, and notices and orders issued. Such records shall be retained in the official records for the period required for the retention of public records.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.120 Liability.

The liability of employees and officials while performing their official duties under the construction codes is governed by SCC 2.90.085.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.122 Approved materials and equipment.

Materials, equipment and devices approved by the building official shall be constructed and installed in accordance with such approval.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.124 Used materials and equipment.

Used materials, equipment and devices shall not be reused unless approved by the building official.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.126 Modifications.

Wherever there are practical difficulties involved in carrying out the provisions of the construction codes, the building official shall have the authority to grant modifications for individual cases, upon application of the owner or owner’s representative, provided the building official shall first find that special individual reason makes the strict letter of the construction codes impractical and the modification is in compliance with the intent and purpose of the construction codes and that such modification does not lessen health, accessibility, life and fire safety, or structural requirements. The details of action granting modifications shall be recorded and entered in the files of the department.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.128 Alternative materials, design and methods of construction and equipment.

The provisions of the construction codes are not intended to prevent the installation of any material or to prohibit any design or method of construction not specifically prescribed by the construction codes, provided that any such alternative has been approved. An alternative material, design or method of construction shall be approved where the building official finds that the proposed design is satisfactory and complies with the intent of the provisions of the construction codes, and that the material, method or work offered is, for the purpose intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed in the construction codes in quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability and safety.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.130 Research reports.

Supporting data, where necessary to assist in the approval of materials or assemblies not specifically provided for in the construction codes, shall consist of valid research reports from sources approved by the building official.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.132 Tests.

Whenever there is insufficient evidence of compliance with the provisions of the construction codes, or evidence that a material or method does not conform to the requirements of the construction codes, or in order to substantiate claims for alternative materials or methods, the building official shall have the authority to require tests as evidence of compliance to be made at no expense to the county. Test methods shall be as specified in the construction codes or by other recognized test standards. In the absence of recognized and accepted test methods, the building official shall approve the testing procedures. Tests shall be performed by an approved agency. Reports of such tests shall be retained by the building official for the period required for retention of public records.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.134 Emergency repairs.

Where equipment replacements and repairs must be performed in an emergency situation, the permit application shall be submitted within the next working business day to the building official.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.136 Repairs.

Application or notice to the building official is not required for ordinary repairs to structures, replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles. Such repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements; nor shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.138 Public service agencies.

A permit shall not be required for the installation, alteration or repair of generation, transmission, distribution, metering or other related equipment that is under the ownership and control of public service agencies by established right.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.140 Time limitation of application.

(1) An application for a permit for any proposed work shall expire 18 months after the date of filing. The building official is authorized to grant one extension of time for an additional period not to exceed 18 months. The extension shall be requested in writing prior to expiration and justifiable cause demonstrated.

(2) The fee for the permit application extension shall be in accordance with SCC 30.86.400(6).

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-004, Mar. 16, 2016, Eff date Apr. 1, 2016)

30.50.142 Validity of permit.

The issuance or granting of a permit shall not be construed to be a permit for, or an approval of, any violation of any of the provisions of the construction codes or of any other applicable law or ordinance. Permits presuming to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of the construction codes or any other applicable law or ordinance shall not be valid. The issuance of a permit based on construction documents and other data shall not prevent the building official from requiring the correction of errors in the construction documents and other data. The building official is also authorized to prevent occupancy or use of a structure in violation of the construction codes or of any other county ordinances.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.144 Expiration.

(1) Every permit issued shall expire 18 months after its issuance. The building official is authorized to grant, in writing, one extension of time, for a period of not more than 18 months. The extension shall be requested in writing prior to expiration and justifiable cause demonstrated.

(2) The fee for the permit extension shall be in accordance with SCC 30.86.400(7).

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.146 Suspension or revocation.

The building official may suspend or revoke a permit issued under the construction codes pursuant to SCC 30.71.027, SCC 30.85.300 or SCC 30.85.310.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.148 Placement of permit.

The building permit or copy of the permit shall be kept on the site of the work until the completion of the project.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.150 Responsibility.

It shall be the duty of every person who performs work for the installation or repair of building, structure, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing systems to comply with the construction codes.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.152 Payment of fees.

A permit shall not be valid until the fees prescribed by chapter 30.86 SCC have been paid. An amendment to a permit shall not be released until the additional fee, if any is required, has been paid.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.154 Schedule of permit fees.

On buildings, structures, electrical, gas, mechanical and plumbing systems or alterations requiring a permit, a fee for each permit shall be paid as required, in accordance with chapter 30.86 SCC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.156 Building permit valuations.

Building permit valuation shall include total value of the work for which a permit is being issued, such as electrical, gas, mechanical, plumbing equipment and other permanent systems, including materials and labor as prescribed by chapter 30.86 SCC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.158 Related fees.

The payment of the fee for the construction, alteration, removal or demolition for work done in connection with or concurrently with the work authorized by a building permit shall not relieve the applicant or holder of the permit from the payment of other fees that are prescribed by chapter 30.86 SCC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.160 Refunds.

The director is authorized to establish a refund policy.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.162 Work commencing before permit issuance.

Any person who commences any work regulated under subtitle 30.5 SCC before obtaining the necessary permits shall be subject to an investigation penalty established in SCC 30.86.400(9) that shall be in addition to the required permit fees.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.164 Connection of service utilities.

No person shall make connections from a utility, source of energy, fuel or power to any building or system that is regulated by the construction codes for which a permit is required, until approved by the building official.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.166 Temporary connection.

The building official may authorize and approve the temporary connection of the building or system to the utility, source of energy, fuel or power.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.168 Authority to disconnect service utilities.

The building official may authorize disconnection of utility service to the building, structure or system regulated by the construction codes and the referenced codes and standards set forth in subtitle 30.5 SCC in case of emergency where necessary to eliminate an immediate hazard to life or property or when such utility connection has been made without the approval required by subtitle 30.5 SCC. The building official shall notify the serving utility and whenever possible the owner or the owner’s authorized agent, and occupant of the building, structure or service system of the decision to disconnect prior to taking such action. If not notified prior to disconnection, the owner, the owner’s authorized agent, and occupant of the building, structure or service system shall be notified in writing as soon as practical thereafter.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

PART 200 Reserved for Future Use.

PART 300 Administration - Building Code.

30.50.300 Building Code - Title.

The regulations in Parts 100 and 300 of chapter 30.50 SCC, and chapter 30.52A SCC shall be known as the Building Code of Snohomish County. They shall be cited as such and referred to as the "building code."

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.302 Building Code - Scope.

The provisions of the building 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.

Exception: 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 not more than three stories above grade plane in height, shall comply with the residential code.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.304 Building Code - Intent.

The purpose of the building 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.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.306 Building Code - Permits required.

(1) Any owner or owner’s authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be performed, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.

(2) A building permit shall be required for all factory-built structures that are placed, maintained, enlarged, altered, repaired, improved, converted, or demolished on any lot or parcel of land; except no building permit shall be required where a mobile home permit has been properly issued pursuant to chapters 30.50 and 30.54A SCC.

(3) A commercial coach shall bear a seal of approval from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for its intended use as defined by occupancy classification Groups A, B, E, F, H, I, M, R, S, or U unless otherwise approved by the building official. Commercial coach foundations, porches, stairs, and ramps shall be permitted in accordance with the provisions of the building code.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.308 Building Code - Work exempt from permit.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Repealed by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.310 Building Code - Floor and roof design loads - general.

Live loads posted. Where live loads for which each floor or portion thereof of a commercial or industrial building is or has been designed to exceed 50 psf, such design live loads shall be conspicuously posted by the owner or the owner’s authorized agent in that part of each story in which they apply, using durable signs. It shall be unlawful to remove or deface such notices.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.312 Building Code - Issuance of certificate of occupancy.

A certificate of occupancy required by SCC 30.50.378 shall not be issued until the floor load signs, required by SCC 30.50.310 have been installed.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.314 Building Code - Restrictions on loading.

It shall be unlawful to place, or cause or permit to be placed, on any floor or roof of a building, structure or portion thereof, a load greater than is permitted by the building code.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.316 Building code - Submittal documents.

Submittal documents consisting of construction documents, statement of special inspections, geotechnical report and other data shall be submitted in two or more sets with each permit application. The construction documents shall be prepared by a registered design professional where required by title 30 SCC. Where special conditions exist, the building official is authorized to require additional construction documents to be prepared by a registered design professional. Exception: The building official is authorized to waive the submission of construction documents and other data not required to be prepared by a registered design professional if it is found that the nature of the work applied for is such that review of construction documents is not necessary to obtain compliance with the building code.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.318 Building Code - Information on construction documents.

Information on construction documents shall be in accordance with section 107 of the IBC. Construction documents shall be dimensioned and drawn upon suitable material. Electronic media documents are permitted to be submitted when approved by the building official. Construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of the building code and relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations, as determined by the building official.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.320 Building Code - Fire protection system shop drawings.

Shop drawings for the fire protection system(s) shall be submitted to indicate conformance with the building code and the construction documents and shall be approved prior to the start of system installation. Shop drawings shall contain all information as required by the referenced installation standards in chapter 9 of the IBC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.322 Building Code - Means of egress.

The construction documents shall show in sufficient detail the location, construction, size and character of all portions of the means of egress in compliance with the provisions of the building code. In occupancies other than Groups R-2, R-3, and I-1, the construction documents shall designate the number of occupants to be accommodated on every floor, and in all rooms and spaces.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.324 Building Code - Exterior wall envelope.

(1) Construction documents for all buildings shall describe the exterior wall envelope in sufficient detail to determine compliance with the building code. The construction documents shall provide details of the exterior wall envelope as required, including flashing, intersections with dissimilar materials, corners, end details, control joints, intersections at roof, eaves or parapets, means of drainage, water-resistive membrane and details around openings.

(2) The construction documents shall include manufacturer’s installation instructions that provide supporting documentation that the proposed penetration and opening details described in the construction documents maintain the weather resistance of the exterior wall envelope. The supporting documentation shall fully describe the exterior wall system which was tested, where applicable, as well as the test procedure used.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.326 Building Code - Site plan.

The construction documents submitted with the permit application shall be accompanied by a site plan showing to scale the size and location of new construction and existing structures on the site, distances from lot lines, the established street grades and the proposed finished grades and, as applicable, flood hazard areas, floodways, and design flood elevations; and it shall be drawn in accordance with an accurate boundary line survey. In the case of demolition, the site plan shall show construction to be demolished and the location and size of existing structures and construction that are to remain on the site or plot. The building official is authorized to waive or modify the requirement for a site plan when the permit application is for alteration or repair or when otherwise warranted.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.328 Building Code - Design flood elevations.

Where design flood elevations are not specified, they shall be established in accordance with section 1612.3.1 of the IBC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.329 Building Code - Structural information.

The construction documents shall provide the information specified in section 1603 of the IBC.

(Added by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.330 Building Code - Examination of documents.

The building official shall examine or cause to be examined the accompanying submittal documents and shall ascertain by such examinations whether the construction indicated and described is in accordance with the requirements of the building code and other pertinent laws or ordinances.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.332 Building Code - Approval of construction documents.

When the building official issues a permit, the construction documents shall be approved, in writing or by stamps, as "Approved Subject to Field Inspections." One set of construction documents shall be retained by the building official. The other set shall be returned to the applicant, shall be kept at the site of work and shall be open to inspection by the building official or a duly authorized representative.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.334 Building Code - Phased approval.

The building official is authorized to issue a permit for the construction of foundations or any other part of a building or structure before the construction documents for the whole building or structure have been submitted, provided that adequate information and detailed statements have been filed complying with applicable requirements of the building code. The holder of such permit for the foundation or other parts of a building or structure shall proceed at the holder’s own risk with the building operation and without assurance that a permit for the entire structure will be granted.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.336 Building Code - Design professional in responsible charge - general.

(1) When it is required that documents be prepared by a registered design professional, the building official shall be authorized to require the owner to engage and designate on the building permit application a registered design professional who shall act as the registered design professional in responsible charge. If the circumstances require, the owner shall designate a substitute registered design professional in responsible charge who shall perform the duties required of the original registered design professional in responsible charge. The building official shall be notified in writing by the owner if the registered design professional in responsible charge is changed or is unable to continue to perform the duties.

(2) The registered design professional in responsible charge shall be responsible for reviewing and coordinating submittal documents prepared by others, including phased and deferred submittal items, for compatibility with the design of the building.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.338 Building Code - Deferred submittals.

(1) For the purposes of this section, deferred submittals are defined as those portions of the design that are not submitted at the time of the application and that are to be submitted to the building official within a specified period.

(2) Deferral of any submittal items shall have the prior approval of the building official. The registered design professional in responsible charge shall list the deferred submittals on the construction documents for review by the building official.

(3) Documents for deferred submittal items shall be submitted to the registered design professional in responsible charge who shall review them and forward them to the building official with a notation indicating that the deferred submittal documents have been reviewed and been found to be in general conformance to the design of the building. The deferred submittal items shall not be installed until the deferred submittal documents have been approved by the building official.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.340 Building Code - Amended construction documents.

Work shall be installed in accordance with the approved construction documents. Any changes made during construction that are not in compliance with the approved construction documents shall be resubmitted for approval as an amended set of construction documents.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.342 Building Code - Retention of construction documents.

One set of approved construction documents shall be retained by the building official for a period of not less than 180 days from date of completion of the permitted work, or as required by state or local laws.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.344 Building Code - Temporary structures and uses - general.

The building official is authorized to issue a permit for temporary structures and temporary uses. Such permits shall be limited as to time of service, but shall not be permitted for more than 180 days. The building official is authorized to grant extensions for good cause.

Exception: The building official may authorize unheated tents and yurts under 500 square feet accommodating an R-1 occupancy for recreational use as a temporary structure and allow them to be used indefinitely.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.346 Building Code - Conformance.

Temporary structures and uses shall conform to the structural strength, fire safety, means of egress, accessibility, light, ventilation and sanitary requirements of the building code as necessary to ensure public health, safety and general welfare.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.348 Building Code - Termination of approval for temporary structure or use.

The building official may terminate a permit for a temporary structure or use and to order the temporary structure or use to be discontinued.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.350 Building Code - Inspections - general.

Construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the building official and such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved. Approval as a result of an inspection shall not be construed to be an approval of a violation of the provisions of the building code or of other county ordinances. Inspections presuming to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of the building code or of other county ordinances shall not be valid. It shall be the duty of the owner or the owner’s authorized agent to cause the work to remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes. Neither the building official nor the county shall be liable for expense entailed in the removal or replacement of any material required to allow inspection.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.352 Building Code - Required inspections.

The building official, upon notification, shall make the inspections set forth in SCC 30.50.354 through 30.50.370, and in the general administration section of this chapter.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.354 Building Code - Footing and foundation inspection.

Footing and foundation inspections shall be made after excavations for footings are complete and any required reinforcing steel is in place. For concrete foundations, any required forms shall be in place prior to inspection. Materials for the foundation shall be on the job, except where concrete is ready mixed in accordance with American Society for Testing and Materials Standards C 94, the concrete need not be on the job.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.356 Building Code - Concrete slab and under-floor inspection.

Concrete slab and under-floor inspections shall be made after in-slab or under-floor reinforcing steel and building service equipment, conduit, piping accessories and other ancillary equipment items are in place, but before any concrete is placed or floor sheathing installed, including the subfloor.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.358 Building Code - Lowest floor elevation.

In flood hazard areas, upon placement of the lowest floor, including the basement, and prior to further vertical construction, the elevation certification required in section 1612.5 of the IBC shall be submitted to the building official.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.360 Building Code - Frame inspection.

Framing inspections shall be made after the roof deck or sheathing, all framing, fire blocking and bracing are in place and pipes, chimneys and vents to be concealed are complete and the rough electrical, plumbing, heating wires, pipes and ducts are approved.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.362 Building Code - Lath, gypsum board, and gypsum panel product inspections.

Lath, gypsum board, and gypsum panel product inspections shall be made after lathing, gypsum board, and gypsum panel products, interior and exterior, is in place, but before any plastering is applied or gypsum board joints and fasteners are taped and finished.

Exception: Gypsum board and gypsum panel products that are not part of a fire-resistance-rated assembly or a shear assembly is not required to be inspected.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.364 Building Code - Fire- and smoke-resistant penetrations.

Protection of joints and penetrations in fire-resistance-rated assemblies shall not be concealed from view until inspected and approved.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.366 Building Code - Energy efficiency inspections.

Inspections shall be made subject to the energy code as adopted and amended in chapter 30.52D SCC and the mechanical code as adopted and amended in chapter 30.52B SCC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.368 Building Code - Special inspections.

Special inspections are governed by section 1704 of the IBC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.370 Building Code - Final inspection.

The final inspection shall be made after all work required by the building permit is completed.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.372 Building Code - Inspection agencies.

The building official is authorized to accept reports of approved inspection agencies, provided such agencies satisfy the building official’s requirements as to qualifications and reliability necessary to meet the building code.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.374 Building Code - Inspection requests.

It shall be the duty of the permit holder or duly authorized agent to notify the building official when work is ready for inspection. It shall be the duty of the permit holder or duly authorized agent to provide access to and means for inspections of work that are required by the building code.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.376 Building Code - Approval required.

Work shall not be done beyond the point indicated in each successive inspection without first obtaining the approval of the building official. The building official, upon notification, shall make the requested inspections and shall either indicate the portion of the construction that is satisfactory as completed, or notify the permit holder or his or her agent how that portion of the construction fails to comply with the building code. Any portions that do not comply shall be corrected and such portion shall not be covered or concealed until authorized by the building official.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.378 Building Code - Certificate of occupancy.

No building, structure or portion of a building or structure in Group A, B, E, F, H, I, M, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4 or S shall be used or occupied, and no change in the existing occupancy classification of a building, structure or portion of a building or structure shall be made until the building official has issued a certificate of occupancy for such uses, or change of uses as each occurs, or at least annually. A final certificate of occupancy shall not be issued until all requirements imposed as a condition of building permit issuance, subdivision or short subdivision approval and all requirements of county code have been met. The fire marshal shall inspect such occupancy uses as necessary, but at least annually. Exceptions:

(1) Certificates of occupancy are not required for work exempt from permits under section 105.2 of the IBC.

(2) Inspections of R-3 occupancies are not required annually.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.380 Building Code - Certificates issued.

After the building official inspects the building or structure and finds no violations of the provisions of the building code or other laws that are enforced by the department, the building official shall issue a certificate of occupancy that contains the following:

(1) The building permit number.

(2) The address of the structure.

(3) The name and address of the owner or the owner’s authorized agent.

(4) A description of that portion of the structure for which the certificate is issued.

(5) A statement that the described portion of the structure has been inspected for compliance with the requirements of the building code for the occupancy and division of occupancy and the use for which the proposed occupancy is classified.

(6) The name of the building official.

(7) The edition of the building code under which the permit was issued.

(8) The use and occupancy, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 3 of the IBC.

(9) The type of construction as defined in chapter 6 of the IBC.

(10) The design occupant load.

(11) If an automatic sprinkler system is provided, whether the sprinkler system is required.

(12) Any special stipulations and conditions of the building permit.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.382 Building Code - Temporary occupancy.

The building official is authorized to issue a temporary certificate of occupancy before the completion of the entire work covered by the permit, provided that such portion or portions shall be occupied safely. The building official shall set a time period during which the temporary certificate of occupancy is valid. A final inspection is to be made after finish grading and the building is completed and ready for occupancy. No final inspection approval for residential building permits shall be given until all requirements imposed as a condition of building permit issuance, subdivision or short subdivision approval, as well as applicable laws and regulations, have been met.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.384 Building Code - Revocation.

The building official may suspend or revoke a certificate of occupancy issued under the building code pursuant to SCC 30.71.027, SCC 30.85.300 or 30.85.310.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.386 Building Code - Conditions for unsafe structures and equipment.

Structures or existing equipment that are or hereafter become unsafe, unsanitary or deficient because of inadequate means of egress facilities, inadequate light and ventilation, or which constitute a fire hazard, or are otherwise dangerous to human life or the public welfare, or that involve illegal or improper occupancy or inadequate maintenance, shall be deemed an unsafe condition. Unsafe structures shall be taken down and removed or made safe, as the building official deems necessary and as provided for in this section. A vacant structure that is not secured against entry shall be deemed unsafe.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.388 Building Code - Report of unsafe condition.

The building official shall cause a report to be filed on an unsafe condition. The report shall state the occupancy of the structure and the nature of the unsafe condition.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.390 Building Code - Notice of unsafe condition.

If an unsafe condition is found, the building official shall serve on the owner, agent or person in control of the structure, a written notice that describes the condition deemed unsafe and specifies the required repairs or improvements to be made to abate the unsafe condition, or that requires the unsafe structure to be demolished within a stipulated time. The written notice may be in the form of an emergency order in accordance with SCC 30.85.240 or a notice of violation in accordance with SCC 30.85.150. Such notice shall require the person thus notified to declare immediately to the building official acceptance or rejection of the terms of the order.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.392 Building Code - Method of service.

Any notice issued pursuant to this chapter shall be deemed properly served if the notice procedures in SCC 30.85.250 are satisfied.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.394 Building Code - Restoration.

The structure or equipment determined to be unsafe by the building official is permitted to be restored to a safe condition. To the extent that repairs, alterations or additions are made or a change of occupancy occurs during the restoration of the structure, such repairs, alterations, additions or change of occupancy shall comply with the requirements of SCC 30.50.136 and chapter 34 of the IBC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

PART 400 Administration - Residential Code

30.50.400 Residential Code - Title.

These regulations in Parts 100 and 400 of chapter 30.50 SCC, and chapter 30.52F SCC shall be known as the Residential Code of Snohomish County. They shall be cited as such and referred to as the "residential code."

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.402 Residential Code - Scope.

The provisions of the residential code 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 structures.

Exceptions:

1. Live/work units located in townhouses and complying with the requirements of Section 419 of the IBC shall be permitted to be constructed in accordance with the IRC for One- and Two-Family Dwellings. Fire suppression required by Section 419.5 of the IBC where constructed under the IRC for One- and Two-Family Dwellings shall conform to NFPA 13-D.

2. Owner-occupied lodging houses with one or two guestrooms shall be permitted to be constructed in accordance with the IRC for One- and Two-Family Dwellings.

3. Owner-occupied lodging homes with three to five guestrooms shall be permitted to be constructed in accordance with the IRC for One- and Two-Family Dwellings where equipped with a fire sprinkler system in accordance with NFPA 13-D.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.404 Residential Code - Intent.

The purpose of the residential 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 and to provide safety to firefighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.406 Residential Code - Permit required.

Any owner or owner’s authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be performed, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.408 Residential Code - Work exempt from a permit.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Repealed by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.410 Residential Code - Areas prone to flooding.

The building official shall not grant modifications to any provision related to areas prone to flooding as established by SCC 30.52F.300 without the granting of a variance.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.412 Residential Code - Information for construction in flood hazard areas

For more specific regulations regarding construction in special flood hazard areas and flood hazard permit requirements, see chapters 30.43C and 30.65 SCC. For buildings and structures located in whole or in part in flood hazard areas as established by Table R301.2(1) in SCC 30.52F.300, construction documents shall include:

(1) Delineation of flood hazard areas, floodway boundaries and flood zones and the design flood elevation, as appropriate;

(2) The elevation of the proposed lowest floor, including basement; in areas of shallow flooding (AO zones), the height of the proposed lowest floor, including basement, above the highest adjacent grade;

(3) The elevation of the bottom of the lowest horizontal structural member in coastal high hazard areas (V Zone); and

(4) If design flood elevations are not included on the most recently adopted Flood Insurance Rate Map published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the building official and the applicant shall obtain and reasonably utilize any design flood elevation and floodway data available from other sources.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.414 Residential Code - Determination of substantially improved or substantially damaged existing buildings in flood hazard areas.

For applications for reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition, alteration, repair, or other improvement of existing buildings or structures located in an area prone to flooding as established by Table R301.2(1) in SCC 30.52F.300, the building official shall examine or cause to be examined the construction documents and shall prepare a finding with regard to the value of the proposed work. For buildings that have sustained damage of any origin, the value of the proposed work shall include the cost to repair the building or structure to its pre-damage condition. If the building official finds that the value of proposed work equals or exceeds 50 percent of the market value of the building or structure before the damage has occurred or the improvement is started, the finding shall be provided to the building official for a determination of substantial improvement or substantial damage. Applications determined by the building official to constitute substantial improvement or substantial damage shall require all existing portions of the entire building or structure to meet the requirements of section R322 of the IRC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.416 Residential Code - Additions, alterations or repairs.

Additions, alterations or repairs to any structure shall conform to the requirements for a new structure without requiring the existing structure to comply with the requirements of the IRC, unless otherwise stated. Additions, alterations or repairs and relocations shall not cause an existing structure to become unsafe or adversely affect the performance of the building.

Exceptions:

1. Additions with less than 500 square feet of conditioned floor area are exempt from the requirements for Whole House Ventilation Systems, Section M1508.

2. Additions, alterations, or repairs to existing buildings which do not require the construction of foundations, crawlspaces, slabs or basements shall not be required to meet the requirements for radon protection in Section R327.1 and Appendix F.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.418 Residential Code - Moved buildings.

Buildings or structures moved into or within the jurisdiction shall comply with the provisions of the IRC, IBC (Chapter 51-50 WAC), IMC (Chapter 51-52 WAC), IFC (Chapter 51-54A WAC), UPC and Standards (Chapter 51-56 WAC), and the Washington State Energy Code (Chapter 51-11R WAC) for new buildings or structures.

Exceptions: Group R-3 buildings or structures are not required to comply if:

1. The original occupancy classification is not changed; and

2. The original building is not substantially remodeled or rehabilitated. For the purposes of this section a building shall be considered to be substantially remodeled when the costs of remodeling exceed 60 percent of the value of the building exclusive of the costs relating to preparation, construction, demolition, or renovation of foundations.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.420 Residential Code - Construction documents.

Submittal documents consisting of construction documents and other data shall be submitted in two or more sets with each application for a permit. The construction documents shall be prepared by a registered design professional where required by title 30 SCC. Where special conditions exist, the building official is authorized to require additional construction documents to be prepared by a registered design professional. Exception: The building official is authorized to waive the submission of construction documents and other data not required to be prepared by a registered design professional if it is found that the nature of the work applied for is such that reviewing of construction documents is not necessary to obtain compliance with the residential code.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.422 Residential Code - Information on construction documents.

Construction documents shall be drawn upon suitable material. Electronic media documents are permitted to be submitted when approved by the building official. Construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of the residential code and relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations, as determined by the building official. Where required by the building official, all braced wall lines, shall be identified on the construction documents and all pertinent information including, but not limited to, bracing methods, location and length of braced wall panels, foundation requirements of braced wall panels at top and bottom shall be provided.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.424 Residential Code - Manufacturer’s installation instructions.

Manufacturer’s installation instructions, as required by the residential code, shall be available on the job site at the time of inspection.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.426 Residential Code - Site plan or plot plan.

The construction documents submitted with the application for permit shall be accompanied by a site plan showing the size and location of new construction and existing structures on the site and distances from lot lines. In the case of demolition, the site plan shall show construction to be demolished and the location and size of existing structures and construction that are to remain on the site or plot. The building official is authorized to waive or modify the requirement for a site plan when the application for a permit is for alteration or repair or when otherwise warranted.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.428 Residential Code - Examination of documents.

The building official shall examine or cause to be examined construction documents for compliance with the construction codes.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.430 Residential Code - Approval of construction documents

When the building official issues a permit, the construction documents shall be approved, in writing or by a stamp which states "REVIEWED FOR COMPLIANCE PER chapter 30.50 SCC." One set of construction documents so reviewed shall be retained by the building official. The other set shall be returned to the applicant, shall be kept at the site of work and shall be open to inspection by the building official or his or her authorized representative.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.432 Residential Code - Phased approval.

The building official is authorized to issue a permit for the construction of foundations or any other part of a building or structure before the construction documents for the whole building or structure have been submitted, provided that adequate information and detailed statements have been filed complying with applicable requirements of the residential code. The holder of such permit for the foundation or other parts of a building or structure shall proceed at the holder’s own risk with the building operation and without assurance that a permit for the entire structure will be granted.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.434 Residential Code - Amended construction documents.

Work shall be installed in accordance with the approved construction documents. Any changes made during construction that are not in compliance with the approved construction documents shall be resubmitted for approval through an amended set of construction documents.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.436 Residential Code - Retention of construction documents.

One set of approved construction documents shall be retained by the building official for a period of not less than 180 days from date of completion of the permitted work, or as required by state or local laws.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.438 Residential Code - Temporary structures and uses - general.

The building official is authorized to issue a permit for temporary structures and temporary uses. Such permits shall be limited as to time of service, but shall not be permitted for more than 180 days. The building official is authorized to grant extensions for demonstrated cause.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.440 Residential Code - Conformance.

Temporary structures and uses shall conform to the structural strength, fire safety, means of egress, light, ventilation and sanitary requirements of the residential code as necessary to ensure the public health, safety and general welfare.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.442 Residential Code - Temporary power.

The building official is authorized to give permission to temporarily supply and use power in part of an electric installation before such installation has been fully completed and the final certificate of completion has been issued. The part covered by the temporary certificate shall comply with the requirements specified for temporary lighting, heat or power in the International Code Council Electrical Code.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.444 Residential Code - Termination of approval.

The building official is authorized to terminate a permit for a temporary structure or use and to order the temporary structure or use to be discontinued.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.446 Residential Code - Types of inspections.

For onsite construction, from time to time the building official, upon notification from the permit holder or his agent, shall make or cause to be made any necessary inspections and shall either approve that portion of the construction as completed or shall notify the permit holder or his agent how that portion of construction as completed fails to comply with the residential code.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.448 Residential Code - Foundation inspection.

Inspection of the foundation shall be made after poles or piers are set or trenches or basement areas are excavated and any required forms erected and any required reinforcing steel is in place and supported prior to the placing of concrete. The foundation inspection shall include excavations for thickened slabs intended for the support of bearing walls, partitions, structural supports, or equipment and special requirements for wood foundations.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.450 Residential Code - Plumbing, mechanical, gas and electrical systems inspection.

Rough inspection of plumbing, mechanical, gas and electrical systems shall be made prior to covering or concealment, before fixtures or appliances are set or installed, and prior to framing inspection.

Exception:

Back-filling of ground-source heat pump loop systems tested in accordance with section M2105.1 of the IRC prior to inspection shall be permitted.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.452 Residential Code - Floodplain inspections.

For construction in areas prone to flooding as established by Table R301.2(1) in SCC 30.52F.300, upon placement of the lowest floor, including basement, and prior to further vertical construction, the building official shall require submission of a completed FEMA elevation certificate form 81-31, prepared and sealed by a registered design professional, of the elevation of the lowest floor, including basement, required in section R324 of the IRC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.454 Residential Code - Frame and masonry inspection.

Inspection of framing and masonry construction shall be made after the roof, masonry, all framing, fire stopping, drafts topping and bracing are in place and after the plumbing, mechanical and electrical rough inspections are approved.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.456 Residential Code - Fire-resistance-rated construction inspection.

Where fire-resistance-rated construction is required between dwelling units or due to a building’s or structure’s location on property, the building official shall require an inspection of such construction after all lathing and/or wallboard is in place, but before any plaster is applied or wallboard joints and fasteners are taped and finished.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.458 Residential Code - Final inspection.

Final inspection shall be made after the permitted work is complete and prior to occupancy.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.460 Residential Code - Inspection agencies.

The building official may accept reports of approved inspection agencies, provided such agencies satisfy the building official’s requirements as to qualifications and reliability necessary to satisfy the IRC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.462 Residential Code - Inspection requests.

It shall be the duty of the permit holder or duly authorized agent to notify the building official when work is ready for inspection. It shall be the duty of the permit holder or duly authorized agent person to provide access to and means for inspections of work that are required by the residential code.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.464 Residential Code - Approval required.

Work shall not be done beyond the point indicated in each successive inspection without first obtaining the approval of the building official. The building official upon notification shall make the requested inspections and shall either indicate the portion of the construction that is satisfactory as completed, or shall notify the permit holder or an agent of the permit holder how that portion of the construction fails to comply with the residential code. Any portions that do not comply shall be corrected and such portion shall not be covered or concealed until authorized by the building official.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.466 Residential Code - Certificates of use and occupancy.

No building or structure shall be used or occupied, and no change in the existing occupancy classification of a building or structure or portion thereof shall be made until the building official has issued a certificate of occupancy for the building or structure. Issuance of a certificate of occupancy shall not be construed as an approval of a violation of the provisions of the residential code or other applicable laws or ordinances. Certificates presuming to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of the residential code or other applicable ordinances shall not be valid.

Exceptions:

(1) Certificates of occupancy are not required for work exempt from permits under SCC 30.50.408.

(2) Certificates of occupancy are not required for accessory buildings or structures unless they are used for commercial purposes.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.468 Residential Code - Change in use.

Changes in the character or use of an existing structure shall not be made except as specified in sections 3406 and 3407 of the IBC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.470 Residential Code - Certificate of occupancy.

After the building official inspects the building or structure and finds no violations of the provisions of the residential code or other laws that are enforced by the department, the building official shall issue a certificate of occupancy for the building or structure which shall contain the following:

(1) The building permit number.

(2) The address of the structure.

(3) The name and address of the owner or the owner’s authorized agent.

(4) A description of that portion of the structure for which the certificate is issued.

(5) A statement that the described portion of the structure has been inspected for compliance with the requirements of the residential code.

(6) The name of the building official.

(7) The edition of the residential code under which the permit was issued.

(8) Whether an automatic sprinkler system is provided and whether the sprinkler system is required.

(9) Any special stipulations and conditions of the building permit.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Ord. 17-057, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.50.472 Residential Code - Temporary occupancy.

The building official is authorized to issue a temporary certificate of occupancy before the completion of the entire work covered by the permit, provided that such portion or portions shall be occupied safely. The building official shall set a time period during which the temporary certificate of occupancy is valid.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.50.474 Residential Code - Suspension or revocation.

The building official may suspend or revoke a certificate of occupancy issued under the residential code pursuant to SCC 30.71.027, SCC 30.85.300 or SCC 30.85.310.

(Added by Amended Ord. 14-060, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)