Chapter 15.16


15.16.010    Adoption.

15.16.020    Modifications.

15.16.030    Appeals.

15.16.040    Building permits – Compliance with ordinances.

15.16.060    Local amendments to the Existing Building Code, 2018 Edition.

15.16.010 Adoption.

The Existing Building Code (IBC), 2018 Edition, as published by the International Conference of Building Officials, together with the local amendments as set forth in this chapter, shall constitute the laws of the City relating to building regulations. Where the IBC conflicts with this code this code shall prevail. An electronic copy of the IBC and referenced standards is retained at the City offices. (Ord. 22-02 § 2, 2022)

15.16.020 Modifications.

The Building Official shall have the power to modify any of the provisions of the International Building Code adopted by this chapter upon application in writing by the owner or lessee or his duly authorized agent, when there are practical difficulties in the way of carrying out the strict letter of the code; provided, that the spirit of the code is observed, public safety secured, and substantial justice done. The particulars of the modification, when granted or allowed, and the decision of the Building Official thereon shall be entered upon the records of the Department, and a signed copy shall be furnished the applicant. (Ord. 22-02 § 2, 2022)

15.16.030 Appeals.

Whenever the Building Official disapproves an application or refuses to grant a permit applied for, or when it is claimed that the provisions of the code have been misconstrued or wrongly interpreted, the applicant may appeal from the decisions of the Building Official to an appeals board of five members to be appointed by the Mayor/City Manager within thirty days from the date of the decision. The appointment of the appeals board will be on a case-by-case basis with the members of said board comprised of local design professionals, contractors, inspectors or other members of the public deemed knowledgeable of the subject matter by the Mayor/City Manager. (Ord. 22-02 § 2, 2022)

15.16.040 Building permits – Compliance with ordinances.

It is established that no permit will be issued for construction within existing buildings or building within the corporate limits of the City which is inconsistent with the current comprehensive plan of the City or any City ordinances and regulations. (Ord. 22-02 § 2, 2022)

15.16.060 Local amendments to the Existing Building Code, 2018 Edition.

The amendments to the Existing Building Code, 2018 Edition, as published by the International Conference of Building Officials are hereby adopted by the City of North Pole as follows:

Chapter 1, Scope and Administration. Delete Chapter 1 in its entirety and refer to the City of Fairbanks Administrative Code, as amended.

Section 302.1, Applicability. Add the following at the end of this paragraph:

The design and construction of buildings or portions of buildings to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act is the exclusive responsibility of the owner of the structure.

Section 302.3, Additional Codes. Delete this paragraph and substitute the following:

Alterations, repairs, additions, and changes of occupancy to, or relocation of, existing buildings and structures shall comply with the provisions for alterations, repairs, additions and changes of occupancy or relocation, respectively, in this and the International Energy Conservation Code, International Fire Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Mechanical Code, Uniform Plumbing Code, International Residential Code, NFPA 70, and the City of Fairbanks Administrative Code. Where provisions of the other codes conflict with provisions of this code, the more restrictive shall govern.

Section 505.3, Replacement Window Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings. Delete the first paragraph and conditions 1 and 2.

Section 702.5, Replacement Window Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings. Delete the first paragraph and conditions 1 and 2. (Ord. 22-02 § 2, 2022)