Chapter 15.08
BUILDING CODE AMENDMENTS

Sections:

15.08.010    Local amendments to the International Building Code, 2015 Edition.

15.08.020    Administration.

15.08.202    Definitions.

15.08.305.2    Group E, day care facilities.

15.08.305.2.3    Family child care homes.

15.08.308.3    Institutional Group I-1.

15.08.308.4    Institutional Group I-2.

15.08.308.6    Institutional Group I-4, day care facilities.

15.08.310.5    Residential Group R-3.

15.08.310.5.1    Care facilities within a dwelling.

15.08.509    Table 509, Incidental Uses.

15.08.718.4.2    Groups R-1 and R-2.

15.08.903.2.8    Group R.

15.08.903.4.2    Alarms.

15.08.907.2.3    Group E.

15.08.915.3    Detection equipment.

15.08.1030.1    General.

15.08.1030.2    Minimum size.

15.08.1101    Accessibility.

15.08.1203.4.1    Openings for under-floor ventilation.

15.08.1209.2    Attic spaces.

15.08.Chapter 13    Energy efficiency.

15.08.1609.1.1    Determination of wind loads.

15.08.1804.4    Site grading.

15.08.1805.2    Depth of footings.

15.08.1809.7    Table 1809.7 – Foundations for stud bearing walls.

15.08.1905.1.7    ACI 318, Section 14.1.4.

15.08.Chapter 27    Electrical.

15.08.Chapter 29    Plumbing.

15.08.3103    Temporary buildings or structures.

15.08.3108.2.1    Towers and monopoles – Fall radius.

15.08.010 Local amendments to the International Building Code, 2015 Edition.

The amendments to the 2015 Edition of the International Building Code are listed hereafter by section. The last digits of the section number, after the title and chapter digits, refer to the section of the International Building Code being amended; i.e., PMC 15.08.202 refers to Section 202. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.020 Administration.

Administrative actions under this chapter shall be in accordance with Chapters 15.00 and 15.02 PMC. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.202 Definitions.

Delete the following definitions and replace as follows:

ALLEY is a public space or thoroughfare, 20 feet or less, but not less than 10 feet in width, which has been dedicated for public use.

FOSTER CARE FACILITIES are facilities that provide care on a 24-hour basis to more than five children 2.5 years of age or less, including children related to the staff, and shall be classified as Group I-2.

NURSING HOMES are facilities that provide care, including both intermediate care facilities and skilled nursing facilities, serving more than two persons and any of the persons are incapable of self-preservation.

Add the following definitions:

BUILDING, PUBLIC shall be any structure which is other than a Group R-3 dwelling or Group U occupancy.

FAMILY CHILD CARE HOME is a licensed facility that is located within a single-family dwelling unit in which personal care services are provided by the owner or tenant that normally occupies the residence on a 24-hour basis.

WATER DISPENSER is a plumbing fixture that is connected to the potable water distribution system of the premises and manually controlled by the user for the purpose of dispensing potable drinking water into a receptacle such as a cup, glass or bottle. Or a freestanding apparatus that is manually controlled by the user for the purpose of dispensing potable water into a receptacle which is not connected to the potable water distribution system and supplied with potable water from a container, bottle or reservoir.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.305.2 Group E, day care facilities.

Revise this section as follows:

This group includes buildings and structures or portions thereof occupied by more than five children older than 2.5 years of age, including children related to the staff, who receive educational, supervision or personal care services for fewer than 24 hours per day.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.305.2.3 Family child care homes.

Delete this section and replace as follows:

Family child care homes operating between the hours of 6:00 am and 10:00 pm may accommodate a total of twelve children, provided that no more than five children are under the age of 2.5 years. Family child care homes as defined are classified as an R-3 occupancy and shall comply with Section 907.2.11 (smoke alarms), Section 915 (carbon monoxide detection) and Section 1030 (emergency escape and rescue openings) for napping and sleeping rooms. Fire extinguishers shall be provided in accordance with the International Fire Code.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.308.3 Institutional Group I-1.

Delete Sections 308.3.3 and 308.3.4 and replace with the following:

Section 308.3.3 Three to 16 persons receiving custodial care. A facility housing more than two persons and no more than 16 persons receiving custodial care shall be classified as a Group R-4.

Section 308.3.4 Fewer than 3 persons receiving custodial care. A facility with fewer than three persons receiving custodial care shall be classified as a Group R-3 or shall comply with the International Residential Code, as amended by the city of Palmer.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.308.4 Institutional Group I-2.

Revise the first sentence of this section to read as follows:

Institutional Group I-2 occupancy shall include buildings and structures used for medical care on a 24-hour basis for more than two persons who are incapable of self-preservation.

Delete Section 308.4.2 and replace with the following:

Section 308.4.2 Fewer than three persons receiving medical care. A facility with fewer than three persons receiving medical care shall be classified as a Group R-3 or shall comply with the International Residential Code, as amended by the city of Palmer.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.308.6 Institutional Group I-4, day care facilities.

Revise the first sentence of this paragraph to read as follows:

Institutional Group I-4 shall include buildings and structures, or portions thereof occupied by more than five persons of any age, including persons related to the staff, receiving custodial care for fewer than 24 hours per day.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.310.5 Residential Group R-3.

Delete the following in this section:

Care facilities that provide accommodations for five or fewer persons receiving care.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.310.5.1 Care facilities within a dwelling.

Delete this section in its entirety. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.509 Table 509, Incidental Uses.

Amend table by adding footnote (a) to read as follows:

footnote (a). Regardless of the Btu rating, psi rating or horsepower rating a one hour separation or automatic fire extinguishing system is required for furnace or boiler rooms providing heat for Group E, R-1, R-2, I and R-4 occupancies.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.718.4.2 Groups R-1 and R-2.

Delete the last sentence in its entirety and replace with the following:

Draft stops in attic spaces shall be installed so that the maximum area between draft stops does not exceed 3,000 square feet and the greatest horizontal dimension does not exceed 60 feet. Such draft stops are not required to be located directly above or in line with walls separating tenant spaces.

Delete exception 1 in its entirety.

Revise exception 3 to read as follows:

In R-2 occupancies that do not exceed four stories in height, the attic space shall be subdivided into areas not exceeding 3,000 square feet.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.903.2.8 Group R.

A four-plex or greater shall include an automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3 throughout all buildings with a Group R fire area. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.903.4.2 Alarms.

Amend this section by adding the following sentence to the paragraph:

Buildings equipped with a sprinkler system without an alarm system shall have at least one notification device (horn/strobe) located inside the building in a commonly occupied area to alert occupants of a sprinkler activation.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.907.2.3 Group E.

Revise this section by adding a second paragraph to read as follows:

Rooms used for sleeping or napping purposes within a day care use for a Group E occupancy shall be provided with smoke alarms that comply with Section 907.2.11 and carbon monoxide detection as specified in Section 915.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.915.3 Detection equipment.

Add a sentence to this section to read as follows:

In new construction, all carbon monoxide detectors and alarms located within a single dwelling unit shall be interconnected in such a manner that actuation of one alarm shall activate all of the alarms within the individual dwelling unit.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.1030.1 General.

Revise the first sentence of the paragraph to read as follows:

In addition to the means of egress required by this chapter, provisions shall be made for emergency escape and rescue in Group R, I-1 and day care occupancies where napping or sleeping rooms are provided.

Delete exception 1. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.1030.2 Minimum size.

Delete the exception. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.1101 Accessibility.

For the purpose of accessibility, the owner, or designee, shall ensure that all state and federal standards shall be met. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.1203.4.1 Openings for under-floor ventilation.

Delete Sections 1203.4.1 and 1203.4.2 in their entirety and replace with the following:

Each under-floor space shall be ventilated by an approved mechanical means or by openings in exterior foundation walls. Such openings shall have a net area of not less than 0.1 square foot for each 150 square feet of under-floor area. There shall be two openings located as close to corners as practical on opposite sides to provide cross ventilation. The openings shall be covered with corrosion resistant wire mesh approximately one-quarter inch in size. All structures with a crawlspace shall have a minimum six mil ground vapor retarder to prevent the flow of water vapor from soils into the heated building interior.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.1209.2 Attic spaces.

Add a sentence as follows:

Attic access shall not be located in a room containing bathing facilities.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.Chapter 13 Energy efficiency.

Delete this chapter in its entirety and refer to the International Energy Conservation Code as currently adopted and amended by the city of Palmer. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.1609.1.1 Determination of wind loads.

Wind loads on every building or structure shall be 110 miles per hour. The type of opening protection required, the basic wind speed and the exposure category for a site are permitted to be determined in accordance with Section 1609 or ASCE 7. Wind shall be assumed to come from any horizontal direction and wind pressures shall be assumed to act normal to the surface considered. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.1804.4 Site grading.

Add the following sentence to the last paragraph:

It shall be the responsibility of the building owner to assure that discharge of roof and surface runoffs are disposed of without affecting adjacent property.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.1805.2 Depth of footings.

Delete the first sentence and insert the following:

Footings shall have a minimum depth of 42 inches unless another depth is recommended by a foundation investigation.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.1809.7 Table 1809.7 – Foundations for stud bearing walls.

NUMBER OF FLOORS SUPPORTED BY THE FOOTING

WIDTH OF FOOTING (INCHES)

THICKNESS OF FOOTING (INCHES)

1

15

7

2

15

7

3

18

8

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.1905.1.7 ACI 318, Section 14.1.4.

Amend this section by revising Section 14.1.4 to read as follows:

14.1.4.1 – Structures assigned to seismic design category D, E or F shall not have elements of structural plain concrete.

Amend this section by further deleting subsections (a), (b) and (c). (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.Chapter 27 Electrical.

Delete this chapter in its entirety and replace with the National Electrical Code as adopted and amended by the city of Palmer. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.Chapter 29 Plumbing.

Delete this chapter in its entirety and replace with the Uniform Plumbing Code as currently adopted and amended by the city of Palmer. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.3103 Temporary buildings or structures.

Amend by adding a sentence as follows:

No temporary building or structure shall remain in place longer than six months without city council approval.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.08.3108.2.1 Towers and monopoles – Fall radius.

All towers and monopoles shall have a fall radius equal to at least one and one-half times its height and shall not encroach on any public right-of-way or other public space. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)