Chapter 17C.20
INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE Revised 1/17

Sections:

17C.20.010    Adoption of International Building Code.

17C.20.020    General.

17C.20.030    Referenced Codes. Revised 1/17

17C.20.040    Creation of Enforcement Agency.

17C.20.050    Appointment.

17C.20.060    Work Exempt from Permits. Revised 1/17

17C.20.070    Time Limitation of Application.

17C.20.080    Expiration.

17C.20.090    Building Permit Fees.

17C.20.100    Building Permit Valuations.

17C.20.110    Work Commencing Before Permit Issuance.

17C.20.130    Board of Appeals.

17C.20.140    Violations.

17C.20.150    Premises Identification.

17C.20.160    Maximum Height of Buildings.

17C.20.170    Ground Snow Loads.

17C.20.180    Swimming Pool Enclosures.

17C.20.190    Appendix G – Flood-Resistant Construction.

17C.20.010 Adoption of International Building Code.

The edition of the International Building Code currently, or hereafter, adopted and amended by the State Building Code Council and included in Title 51 of the Washington Administrative Code, including Appendix Chapters C, E, G, H, and I, are adopted as the Building Code for the unincorporated areas of Pierce County, except that the amendments to the International Building Code in this Chapter shall govern over the published provisions of the International Building Code. The effective date of subsequent editions of the International Building Code in Pierce County shall coincide with the effective date of their adoption and amendment by the State Building Code Council. (Ord. 2010-44s § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 2007-55s § 2, 2007; Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.020 General.

Section 101.1 of the International Building Code and shall be amended as follows:

Section 101.2 Title. These regulations shall be known as the "Building Code" of Pierce County, Washington, and referred to as "this code."

(Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.030 Referenced Codes. Revised 1/17

Section 101.4 of the International Building Code shall be amended as follows:

Section 101.4 Referenced Codes. The other codes listed in Sections 101.4.1 through 101.4.5 and 101.4.7 and referenced elsewhere in this code shall be considered part of the requirements of this code to the prescribed extent of each such reference. Within the referenced codes the term "code official" shall mean "building official."

(Ord. 2016-85s § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2010-44s § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.040 Creation of Enforcement Agency.

Section 103.1 of the International Building Code and shall be deleted. See PCC 17C.10.030, "Creation of Enforcement Agency." (Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.050 Appointment.

Section 103.2 of the International Building Code is deleted. (Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.060 Work Exempt from Permits. Revised 1/17

Section 105.2 shall be amended by adding the following items 14 and 15:

14.    One-story detached structures not exceeding 120 square feet in area, used by utility companies or Districts to protect equipment cabinets, switch gear, pumps, and similar equipment. Buildings are normally unoccupied buildings. This is not a storage building but an operational facility.

15.    One-story detached accessory agriculture structure up to 600 square feet on land where agriculture activities are allowed as identified under Title 18A PCC, Development Regulations – Zoning, provided:

a.    The proposed structure must meet the definition of an agriculture structure as defined in the International Building Code, Section 202.

b.    The property owner must certify through the use of an affidavit recorded on title:

(1)    That the exempt structure will meet the definition of an agriculture structure;

(2)    That the structure is not located within a wetland or regulated fish and wildlife species and habitat conservation area unless it meets the exemption provisions under Title 18E PCC, Development Regulations – Critical Areas;

(3)    That it complies with setback requirements in accordance with Title 18A PCC, Development Regulations – Zoning; and

(4)    That it is built to the latest version of the International Residential Code and International Building and Fire Code.

c.    Plumbing and mechanical permits are still required.

d.    The maximum height of the structure does not exceed 14 feet.

e.    The exemption applies only to parcels five acres or greater in size. The number of exempt structures is not to exceed two per parcel.

f.    The exemption does not apply to structures located within a floodway.

g.    The proposed structure must adhere to other applicable Pierce County, State, and Federal regulations or ordinances.

(Ord. 2016-85s § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2014-66s § 1 (part), 2014; Ord. 2010-44s § 2 (part), 2010)

17C.20.070 Time Limitation of Application.

Section 105.3.2 of the International Building Code is deleted. See Section 17C.10.110, "Application Expiration." (Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.080 Expiration.

Section 105.5 of the International Building Code is deleted. See Section 17C.10.130, "Permit Expiration." (Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.090 Building Permit Fees.

Section 109.2 of the International Building Code is deleted. See Section 17C.10.070, "Fees." (Ord. 2010-44s § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.100 Building Permit Valuations.

Section 109.3 of the International Building Code is deleted. See PCC 17C.10.070. (Ord. 2010-44s § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.110 Work Commencing Before Permit Issuance.

Section 109.4 of the International Building Code is deleted. See PCC 17C.10.080, "Investigation Fees." (Ord. 2010-44s § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.130 Board of Appeals.

Section 113 of the International Building Code is deleted. See PCC 17C.10.060, "Appeals." (Ord. 2014-4s § 1 (part), 2014; Ord. 2010-44s § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.140 Violations.

Section 113 of the International Building Code is deleted. See PCC 17C.10.050, "Violations and Penalties." (Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.150 Premises Identification.

Section 501.2 of the International Building Code is amended by adding a second paragraph as follows:

Signs on private roads shall be installed in accordance with Chapter 10.44 of the Pierce County Code, "Addressing and Grid System for Pierce County." The premises identification requirements of this Section must be met prior to final inspection by the Building Division.

(Ord. 2010-70s § 9, 2010; Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.160 Maximum Height of Buildings.

Section 504.1 of the International Building Code is amended to add the following:

The maximum height of buildings shall be subject to the requirements of this code, Title 18A, and Title 20 of the Pierce County Code. In the event of any conflict between these regulations, the most restrictive shall govern.

(Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.170 Ground Snow Loads.

Section 1608.2 of the International Building Code is amended to add the following:

1608.2 Ground snow loads. The ground snow loads to be used in determining the design snow loads for roofs shall be 25 pounds per square foot for elevations up to 700 feet. Ground snow load determination for sites above 700 feet shall be based on the "Snow Load Analysis for Washington" prepared by the Structural Engineers Association of Washington as approved by the building official.

(Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.180 Swimming Pool Enclosures.

Section 3109.1 of the International Building Code is amended by adding the following paragraph:

Swimming pools may not be located in any front yard as required by Title 18A of the Pierce County Code, nor closer than eight feet measured from the edge of the water surface to any other adjacent property line.

Section 3109.2 of the International Building Code is amended by replacing the definition of "Swimming Pools" with the following:

Swimming Pool is any structure intended for swimming or recreational bathing that contains water over 24 inches (610mm) deep. This includes in-ground, above-ground and on-ground swimming or wading pools. Commonly accepted hot tubs and spas are not included.

Section 3109.4 Residential Swimming Pools, is deleted. See Section 17C.30.010, "Adoption of the International Residential Code" and Section 17C.30.150, "Barrier Requirements."

(Ord. 2010-44s § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 2004-30s § 3 (part), 2004)

17C.20.190 Appendix G – Flood-Resistant Construction.

Appendix Section G101.3 Scope, is deleted and replaced as follows:

G101.3 Scope. The provisions of this appendix shall apply to all proposed development in a flood hazard area established in Title 18E Pierce County Code, including certain building work exempt from permit in Section 105.2.

This appendix is to be used in conjunction with the provisions of Title 18E Pierce County Code. The most restrictive provision shall govern.

(Ord. 2010-44s § 2 (part), 2010)