Chapter 16.02
BUILDING CODE

Sections:

16.02.010    Adoption of International Building Codes.

16.02.020    Administrative provisions.

16.02.030    Additions, insertions, deletions and changes to Chapter 51-51 WAC.

16.02.040    Additions, insertions, deletions and changes to Chapter 51-52 WAC.

16.02.060    Additions, insertions, deletions and changes to Chapter 51-56 WAC.

16.02.010 Adoption of International Building Codes.

Chapters 51-11R and 51-11C WAC (2012 International Energy Conservation Code), Chapter 51-50 WAC (2012 International Building Code), including the Appendix Chapter E, as further amended by Chapter 51-50 WAC, I and J, Chapter 51-51 WAC (2012 International Residential Code), including the Appendix Chapters G and H, Chapter 51-52 WAC (2012 International Mechanical Code), and Chapter 51-56 WAC (2012 Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform Plumbing Code Standards), together with amendments thereof and additions thereto, one copy of each of which is on file in the office of the city clerk of the city of Longview, shall be and is hereby adopted as the building code of the city of Longview for regulating and governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures; by providing the standards for supplied utilities and facilities and other physical things and conditions essential to ensure that structures are safe, sanitary and fit for occupation and use; and the condemnation of buildings and structures unfit for human occupancy and use and the demolition of such structures as herein provided; providing for the issuance of permits and collection of fees therefor; and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of said building code on file in the office of the city clerk of the city of Longview are hereby referred to, adopted, and made a part hereof, as if fully set out in this chapter, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in this chapter. (Ord. 3247 § 1, 2013; Ord. 3137 § 1, 2010; Ord. 3004 § 1, 2007; Ord. 2894 § 1, 2004).

16.02.020 Administrative provisions.

For the purpose of providing administrative provisions for the building code of Longview, including Chapters 51-11R, 51-11C, 51-50, 51-51, 51‑52 and 51-56 WAC, Subchapter 1 of Chapter 51-50 WAC is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 101.1 These regulations shall be known as the Building Code of the City of Longview, Washington, sometimes hereinafter referred to in this chapter as “this code.”

Section 101.4.2, Mechanical, is amended to read as follows:

The provisions of the International Mechanical Code as amended by WAC 51-52 as adopted herein shall apply to the installation, alteration, repairs and replacement of mechanical systems, including equipment, appliances, fixtures, fittings and/or appurtenances including ventilating, heating, cooling, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, incinerators and other energy-related systems.

Section 101.4.3, Plumbing, is amended to read as follows:

The provisions of the Uniform Plumbing Code as amended by WAC 51-56 as adopted herein shall apply to the installation, alteration, repair and replacement of plumbing systems, including equipment, appliances, fixtures, fittings and appurtenances, and where connected to a water or sewage system and all aspects of a medical gas system. The provisions of the State of Washington requirements for private sewage disposal shall apply to private sewage disposal systems.

Section 101.4.4, Property Maintenance, is amended to read as follows:

The provisions of the International Property Maintenance Code and Longview Municipal Code Chapter 16.32 (Unfit Dwellings and Structures) shall apply to all structures and premises; all equipment and facilities; all light, ventilation, space heating, sanitation, life and fire safety hazards; the responsibilities of owners, operators and occupants; and the occupancy of existing premises and structures.

Section 101.4.6, Energy, is amended to read as follows:

The provisions of the International Energy Conservation Code as amended in WAC 51-11R and WAC 51-11C as adopted herein shall apply to all matters governing the design and construction of buildings for energy efficiency.

Section 101.4.7, Electrical, is added to read as follows:

The provisions of the National Electrical Code as adopted in Longview Municipal Code Chapter 16.24 shall apply to the installation of electrical systems, including alterations, repairs, replacement, equipment, appliances, fixtures, fittings and appurtenances thereto.

Section 102.6, Existing Structures, is amended to read:

The legal occupancy of any structure existing on the date of adoption of this code shall be permitted to continue without change, except as is specifically covered in this code, or the International Fire Code as set forth in LMC Title 18, or as is deemed necessary by the building official for the general safety and welfare of the occupants and the public.

Section 103.3, Deputies, is amended to read:

In accordance with the prescribed procedures of the City of Longview and with the concurrence of the appointing authority, the building official shall have the authority to appoint a deputy building official, the related technical officers, inspectors, plan examiners and other employees. Such employees shall have powers as delegated by the building official.

Section 104.1, General, is amended to read:

The building official is hereby authorized and directed to enforce the provisions of this code, including any requirements or regulations imposed on a project as a condition of a land use approval process, as those conditions relate to permit issuance as required in Section 105.3.1 and issuance of a certificate of occupancy as required in Section 111.2. The building official shall have the authority to render interpretations of this code and to adopt policies and procedures in order to clarify the application of its provisions. Such interpretations, policies and procedures shall be in compliance with the intent and purpose of this code. Such policies and procedures shall not have the effect of waiving requirements specifically provided for in this code.

Section 105.2, Work Exempt from Permit, is amended as follows:

Subsections 1, 2, 4, 6 and 12 of Section 105.2 are deleted.

Subsection 11 of Section 105.2 is amended to read as follows:

Swings and other playground equipment.

Section 108.3, Temporary Power, is amended to read:

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 National Electrical Code as set forth in Longview Municipal Code Chapter 16.24.

Section 109.2, Schedule Permit Fees, is amended as follows:

On buildings, structures, electrical, gas, mechanical, and plumbing systems or alterations requiring a permit, a fee for each permit shall be charged and paid in accordance with the established fee schedules as set forth in Sections 109.2.1, 109.2.1.1, 109.2.1.2, 109.2.1.3, 109.2.2, and 109.2.3.

Section 109.2.1 is hereby added, reading as follows:

Section 109.2.1 Building Permit Fee

The fee for each building permit shall be as set forth in Table 1-A herein.

Table 1-A – Building Permit Fees 

TOTAL VALUATION

FEE

$1.00 to $500.00

$30.70

$501.00 to $2,000.00

$30.70 for the first $500.00 plus $4.15 for each additional $100.00, or fraction thereof, to and including $2,000.00

$2,001.00 to $25,000.00

$96.50 for the first $2,000.00 plus $18.45 for each additional $1,000.00, or fraction thereof, to and including $25,000.00

$25,001.00 to $50,000.00

$512.80 for the first $25,000.00 plus $13.00 for each additional $1,000.00, or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000.00

$50,001.00 to $100,000.00

$832.10 for the first $50,000.00 plus $9.25 for each additional $1,000.00, or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000.00

$100,001.00 to $500,000.00

$1,284.40 for the first $100,000.00 plus $7.45 for each additional $1,000.00, or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000.00

$500,001.00 to $1,000,000.00

$4,179.65 for the first $500,000.00 plus $6.20 for each additional $1,000.00, or fraction thereof, to and including $1,000,000.00

$1,000,001.00 and up

$7,249.00 for the first $1,000,000.00 plus $5.10 for each additional $1,000.00, or fraction thereof

Other Inspections and Fees:

1.

Inspections outside of normal business hours

$61.00 per hour1 (minimum charge – two hours)

2.

Reinspection fees assessed under provisions of Section 305.8

$61.00 per hour1

3.

Inspections for which no fee is specifically indicated

$61.00 per hour1 (minimum charge – one-half hour)

4.

Additional plan review required by changes, additions or revisions to plans

$61.00 per hour1 (minimum charge – one-half hour)

5.

For use of outside consultants for plan checking and inspections, or both

Actual Costs2

6.

Investigation fee for work commenced prior to obtaining a permit

100% of usual permit fee

1. Or the total hourly cost to the jurisdiction, whichever is the greatest. This cost shall include supervision, overhead, equipment, hourly wages and fringe benefits of the employees involved.

2. Actual costs include administrative and overhead costs.

Section 109.2.1.1 is hereby added, reading as follows:

Section 109.2.1.1 Inspection Fee – Manufactured Housing

The fees for inspections of manufactured housing situated in a mobile home park shall be as follows:

(a) Single-wide $129.00

(b) Double-wide $162.00

(c) Triple-wide $193.00

Section 109.2.1.2 is hereby added, reading as follows:

Section 109.2.1.2 Inspection Fee – Wood Stoves

The fees for inspection of free-standing wood stoves shall be the sum of $46.00.

Section 109.2.1.3, Plan Review Fees, is added as follows:

When submittal documents are required by Section 107, a plan review fee shall be paid at the time of submitting the submittal documents for plan review. Said plan review fee for reviews relating to the provisions of the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings shall be 65 percent of the building permit fee and said plan review fee for all other reviews shall be 70 percent of the building permit fee as shown in Table 1-A. The plan review fees specified in this section are separate fees from the permit fees specified in Section 109.2.1 and are in addition to the permit fees.

When submittal documents are incomplete or changed so as to require additional plan review or when the project involves deferred submittal items as defined in Section 107.3.4.2, an additional plan review fee shall be charged at the rate shown in Table 1-A.

Section 109.2.2 is hereby added, reading as follows:

Section 109.2.2 Mechanical Permit Fee

The fee for each mechanical permit shall be as set forth in Table 2-A herein.

Table 2-A Mechanical Permit Fees 

Permit Issuance

1.

For the issuance of each mechanical permit

$28.00

2.

For issuing each supplemental permit for which the original permit has not expired, been canceled or finaled

$14.00

Unit Fee Schedule

(Note: The following do not include permit-issuing fee.)

Equipment

1.

For the installation or relocation of each of the following pieces of equipment:

$20.00

Furnace – forced air or gravity (includes ducts and vents)

 

Boiler

 

Compressor and/or Absorption System (includes heat pumps)

 

Evaporative Coolers

 

Air Handler (Not part of an HVAC system)

 

Ventilation system (Not part of an HVAC system)

 

Ventilation hood (includes associated ductwork)

 

Fireplace Insert, Gas fireplace

 

Incinerator

 

Fire damper, smoke damper or combination fire/smoke damper

 

Equipment regulated by the mechanical code but not specifically listed

 

2.

Repairs or addition to each piece of equipment or system

$18.00

Vents

1.

For the installation of the following:

$10.00

Appliance vent (for a piece of equipment not requiring mechanical permit)

 

Ventilation fan connected to single vent

 

Piping Systems

1.

For the installation of each of the following piping systems up to four outlets:

$7.00

Gas piping

 

Hazardous Process Piping

 

Non-Hazardous Process Piping

 

2.

For the installation of each outlet exceeding four

$3.00

Other Inspections and Fees

1.

For any of the following services:

$61.00

Inspections outside of normal business hours, per hour

 

Re-inspection fees assessed under provisions of Section 116.6, per inspection

 

Inspections for which no fee is specifically indicated, per hour

 

Additional plan review required by changes, additions or revisions to plans or to plans for which an initial review has been completed (minimum charge – one-half hour)

 

2.

*Or the total hourly cost to the jurisdiction, whichever is the greatest. This cost shall include supervision, overhead, equipment, hourly wages and fringe benefits of the employees involved.

3.

Investigation fee for work commenced prior to obtaining a permit

100% of usual permit fee

Section 109.2.3 is hereby added, reading as follows:

Section 109.2.3 Plumbing Permit Fee

The fee for each plumbing permit shall be as set forth in Table 3-A herein.

Table 3-A Plumbing Permit Fees 

Permit Issuance

1.

For issuing each permit

$28.00

2.

For issuing each supplemental permit

$14.00

Unit Fee Schedule (in addition to items 1 and 2 above)

Fixtures, devices and equipment

1.

For the installation or relocation of each of the following:

$9.00

Each fixture requiring a trap (includes piping and backflow protection for that fixture)

 

Water heater (includes vent)

 

Industrial waste interceptor

 

Grease trap

 

Water treatment equipment

 

Lawn sprinkler system (includes backflow protection)

 

Backflow Preventer

 

 

Equipment regulated by the plumbing code but not specifically listed (piping and backflow protection therefor)

2.

Repairs or addition to each fixture, piece of equipment or system

$9.00

Building Sewer

1.

For the installation of each building sewer or trailer park sewer

$20.00

Gas Piping System

1.

For the installation of each gas piping system up to four outlets

$7.00

2.

For the installation of each outlet exceeding four

$3.00

Other Systems

1.

Rainwater systems – Per drain (inside building)

$9.00

2.

Private sewage disposal system

$32.00

3.

Graywater system

$32.00

4.

Installation and testing of reclaimed water system

$38.00*

5.

Annual testing of reclaimed water system

$38.00*

6.

For each medical gas piping system for a specific gas – up to five outlets or inlets

$60.00

7.

For each additional medical gas outlet over five outlets

$7.00

Other Inspections and Fees

1.

For any of the following services:*

$61.00

Inspections outside of normal business hours, per hour

 

Re-inspection fees assessed under provisions of Section 103.5.6, per inspection

 

Inspections for which no fee is specifically indicated, per hour

 

Additional plan review required by changes, additions or revisions to plans or to plans for which an initial review has been completed (minimum charge – one-half hour)

 

2.

*Or the total hourly cost to the jurisdiction, whichever is the greatest. This cost shall include supervision, overhead, equipment, hourly wages and fringe benefits of the employees involved.

 

3.

Investigation fee for work commenced prior to obtaining a permit

100% of usual permit fee

*Per hour for each hour worked or the total hourly cost to the jurisdiction, whichever is greater. This cost shall include supervision, overhead, equipment, hourly wages and fringe benefits of all the employees involved.

Section 109.6 is amended, to read as follows:

Section 109.6 Fee Refunds

The Building Official may authorize the refunding of fees as follows.

1. The full amount of any fee paid hereunder which was erroneously paid or collected.

2. Not more than 80 percent of the permit fee paid when no work has been done under a permit issued in accordance with this code.

3. Not more than 80 percent of the plan review fee paid when an application for a permit for which a plan review fee has been paid is withdrawn or canceled before any plan review effort has been expended.

The building official shall not authorize the refunding of any fee paid, except upon written application filed by the original permittee not later than 180 days after the date of fee payment.

Section 113, Board of Appeals, is amended to read as follows:

Section 113.1 General – Appeal Board of Adjustment. In order to hear and decide appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the building official relative to the application and interpretation of this code, the Appeal Board of Adjustment, as established by LMC chapter 19.12, shall have jurisdiction as provided in said chapter 19.12.

Section 114, Violations, is amended to read as follows:

Section 114.1 Unlawful acts. It shall be a misdemeanor for any person, firm or corporation to erect, construct, alter, extend, repair, move, remove, demolish or occupy any building, structure or equipment regulated by this code, or cause same to be done, in conflict with or in violation of any of the provisions of this code.

(Ord. 3247 § 1, 2013; Ord. 3231 § 1, 2012; Ord. 3196 § 1, 2012; Ord. 3187 § 1, 2011; Ord. 3153 § 1, 2010; Ord. 3137 § 1, 2010; Ord. 3067 §§ 1 – 5, 2008; Ord. 3025 §§ 1 – 5, 2007; Ord. 3004 § 1, 2007; Ord. 2969 §§ 1 – 5, 2006; Ord. 2945 §§ 1 – 5, 2005; Ord. 2941 §§ 2, 3, 2005; Ord. 2906 § 1, 2004; Ord. 2894 § 1, 2004).

16.02.030 Additions, insertions, deletions and changes to Chapter 51-51 WAC.

The following sections of the International Residential Code as set forth in Chapter 51-51 WAC are hereby amended to read as follows:

Chapter 1 of Chapter 51-51 WAC is deleted in its entirety.

Table R301.2(1) Climatic, and Geographic Design Criteria established:

Ground Snow Load:

25 psf

Wind Speed (mph):

85

Seismic Design Category:

D1

Subject to Damage From Weathering:

Moderate

Frost Line Depth:

12 inches

Termite:

Slight to Moderate

Decay:

Slight to Moderate

Winter Design Temp.:

20 Degrees F

Ice Shield Underlayment Req.:

No

Flood Hazards:

NFIP November 20, 1979

 

FIRM December 20, 2001

Air Freezing Index:

N/A

Mean Annual Temperature:

50 Degrees F

(Ord. 3247 § 1, 2013; Ord. 3137 § 1, 2010; Ord. 3122 § 1, 2010; Ord. 3004 § 1, 2007; Ord. 2894 § 1, 2004).

16.02.040 Additions, insertions, deletions and changes to Chapter 51-52 WAC.

Chapter 1 of Chapter 51-52 WAC is deleted in its entirety. (Ord. 3247 § 1, 2013; Ord. 3137 § 1, 2010; Ord. 3004 § 1, 2007; Ord. 2894 § 1, 2004).

16.02.060 Additions, insertions, deletions and changes to Chapter 51-56 WAC.

Chapter 1 of Chapter 51-56 WAC is deleted in its entirety.

Section 605.2, Valves, is amended to read as follows:

A fullway valve controlling all outlets shall be installed on the discharge side of each water meter and on each unmetered water supply. Water piping supplying more than one building on any one premises shall be equipped with a separate fullway valve to each building, so arranged that the water supply can be turned on or off to any individual or separate building; provided however, that supply piping to a single family residence and building accessory thereto, may be controlled on one valve. All required shutoff or control valves shall be readily accessible. The valve controlling all outlets on the discharge side of the water meter shall be located within 18 inches of said meter, or at an otherwise well marked location as approved by the Administrative Authority. A fullway valve shall be installed on the discharge piping from water supply tanks at or near the tank. A fullway valve shall be installed on the cold water supply pipe to each water heater at or near the water heater.

Section 610.8, Size of Meter and Building Supply Pipe – Using Table 6-6, is amended to read as follows:

The size of the meter and building supply pipe shall be determined as follows:

(1) Determine the available pressure at the water meter or other source of supply;

(2) Subtract one-half (1/2) pound per square inch pressure (3.4 kPa) for each foot (305 mm) of difference in elevation between such source of supply and highest water supply outlet in the building or on the premises;

(3) Use the “pressure range” group within which this pressure will fall using Table 6-5;

(4) Select the “length” column which is equal to or longer than the required length;

(5) Follow down the column to a fixture unit value equal to or greater than the total number of fixture units required by the installation;

(6) Having located the proper fixture unit value for the required length, sizes of meter and building supply pipe as found in the two left hand columns shall be applied. Final determination of water meter size shall be by the Department of Public Works. No building supply pipe shall be less than three-quarter (3/4) inch (20 mm) in diameter.

Section 719.1, Cleanouts, is amended to read as follows:

Cleanouts shall be placed outside the building near the connection between the building drain and the building sewer and extended to grade. Additional building sewer cleanouts shall be installed at intervals not to exceed one hundred (100) feet (30,480 mm) in straight runs, for each aggregate horizontal change in direction exceeding one hundred thirty-five (135) degrees (2.36 rad), and at the property line. Cleanouts located at the property line shall be provided with an approved cleanout access box.

Sec. 1011.0, Auto Wash Racks, is amended to read as follows:

Minimum Requirements for Auto Wash Racks.

Every private or public wash rack and/or floor or slab used for cleaning machinery or machine parts shall be adequately protected against storm or surface water and shall drain or discharge into an approved oil/water separator (clarifier), acceptable to the jurisdiction, connected to the sanitary sewer system.

Sec. 1014.0, Grease Interceptors, is amended to read as follows:

Grease Interceptors

When, in the judgement of the Administrative Authority, waste pretreatment is required, an approved type grease trap complying with the provisions of this section shall be installed and at all times kept in proper working order in the waste line leading from sinks, drains, and other fixtures or equipment in the following establishments: restaurants, cafes, lunch counters, cafeterias, bars and clubs, hotels, hospitals, sanitariums, factory or school kitchens, or other establishments where grease may be introduced into the drainage or sewerage system in quantities that can effect line stoppage or hinder sewage treatment or private sewage disposal. A grease interceptor is not required for individual dwelling units or for any private living quarters. Plans shall be submitted to and approval obtained from the Administrative Authority prior to the installation of any waste pretreatment facilities in any food establishment set forth in this section.

(Ord. 3247 § 1, 2013; Ord. 3137 § 1, 2010; Ord. 3004 § 1, 2007; Ord. 2894 § 1, 2004).