Chapter 15.04
BUILDING CODE

Sections:

15.04.010    International Building Code (Chapter 51-50 WAC).

15.04.012    International Building Code requirements for barrier-free accessibility.

15.04.015    References to Uniform Building Code revised to International Building Code.

15.04.020    International Residential Code (Chapter 51-51 WAC).

15.04.025    Exemptions from permits.

15.04.030    International Building Code – Building valuation costs.

15.04.031    Time limitation of applications.

15.04.032    Building and residential permit, plan review, inspection and expired permit fees.

15.04.033    Change of use permit fees.

15.04.034    Work commencing before permit issuance.

15.04.035    Refunds.

15.04.040    International Mechanical Code (Chapter 51-52 WAC).

15.04.050    Mechanical permit and inspection fees.

15.04.060    Uniform Plumbing Code (Chapter 51-56 WAC).

15.04.070    Plumbing permit and inspection fees.

15.04.080    International Fire Code (Chapter 51-54A WAC).

15.04.081    Fire lane.

15.04.082    Fire lanes – Penalties.

15.04.083    Building standpipes.

15.04.084    Fire alarm and detection systems.

15.04.085    Propane tank regulations.

15.04.090    Washington State Residential Energy Code (Chapter 51-11R WAC).

15.04.095    Washington State Commercial Energy Code (Chapter 51-11C WAC).

15.04.110    Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings.

15.04.120    Documents to be filed and available for public inspection.

15.04.130    Penalties.

15.04.010 International Building Code (Chapter 51-50 WAC).

The International Building Code, 2015 Edition, including Appendix E, as published by the International Code Council, with all Washington State amendments and exceptions as contained in Chapter 51-50 WAC, is hereby adopted as modified by the additions and amendments specified in SMC 15.04.030, except that the following appendices are the only appendices adopted:

Appendix J – Grading. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1; Ord. 2007-004; Ord. 2004-012; Ord. 98-015 § 2; Ord. 95-025 § 2)

15.04.012 International Building Code requirements for barrier-free accessibility.

Chapter 11 and other International Building Code requirements for barrier-free access, including ICC A117.1-2009 and Appendix E, are adopted. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A))

15.04.015 References to Uniform Building Code revised to International Building Code.

All references to the Uniform Building Code which may exist in the Sequim Municipal Code shall be interpreted to refer to the International Building Code except where set forth otherwise herein (e.g., SMC 18.08.020, 18.58.030, 18.58.100, 18.62.020 and 18.66.050). (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1; Ord. 2007-004; Ord. 2004-012)

15.04.020 International Residential Code (Chapter 51-51 WAC).

The International Residential Code, 2015 Edition, as published by the International Code Council, is hereby adopted by reference with the following additions, deletions, and exceptions; provided, that Chapters 11 and 25 through 43 of this code are not adopted.

Additional residential regulations are located in the following documents:

Energy code is regulated by Chapter 51-11R WAC;

Plumbing code is regulated by Chapter 51-56 WAC;

Electrical code is regulated by Chapter 296-46B WAC or electrical code as adopted by the local jurisdiction;

Appendix F, Radon Control Methods;

Appendix Q – Dwelling Unit Fire Sprinkler Systems are included in adoption of the International Residential Code. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1; Ord. 2007-004; Ord. 2004-012; Ord. 98-015 § 2; Ord. 95-025 § 2)

15.04.025 Exemptions from permits.

Section R105.2 of the International Residential Code (IRC) as published by the International Code Council regarding exemptions from permit requirements shall be amended to read as follows:

A. One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet.

B. Fences not over 7 feet high.

C. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.

D. Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 500 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.

E. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.

F. Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep.

G. Swings and other playground equipment.

H. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.

I. Decks, platforms, walks, and driveways not more than thirty inches above grade and not located over any basement or story below.

J. Minor construction and alteration activities to R-3 and U Occupancies, where the total valuation, as determined by the Building Official or as documented by the applicant to the satisfaction of the Building Official, does not exceed $1,500.00 in any 12-month period. The construction and/or alteration activity shall not affect any structural components or reduce existing egress, light, air, and ventilation conditions. This exemption does not include electrical, plumbing, or mechanical activities. The permit exemption shall not otherwise exempt the construction or alteration from the substantive standards or the codes enumerated in Section 19.27.031 RCW, as amended and maintained by the state Building Code Council under Section 19.27.070 RCW.

Unless otherwise exempted, separate plumbing, electrical, and mechanical permits will be required for the above exempted items.

Exemption from the permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of the city of Sequim.

(Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A))

15.04.030 International Building Code – Building valuation costs.

Building valuation costs used to determine permit fees shall be from the most current issue of the Building Safety Journal, published by the International Code Council. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1; Ord. 2007-004; Ord. 2004-012; Ord. 98-015 § 2; Ord. 95-025 § 2)

15.04.031 Time limitation of applications.

Section 105.3.2 of the International Building Code (IBC) as published by the International Code Council regarding time limitations of applications shall be amended to read as follows:

An application for a permit for any proposed work shall be deemed to have been abandoned 180 days after the date of filing, unless such application has been pursued in good faith or a permit has been issued; except that the Building Official is authorized to grant one extension of time for an additional period not to exceed 180 days. The extension shall be requested in writing.

(Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A))

15.04.032 Building and residential permit, plan review, inspection and expired permit fees.

Fees relating to the International Building Code and the International Residential Code, building permits, plan reviews and inspections, utilizing IBC valuations, shall be as provided for in the 1997 Uniform Building Code, Table 1-A, or as amended by the city of Sequim, or as excepted for affordable/workforce housing.

2015 International Building Code, Section 105.5 – Issued Permit Expiration.

Issued building permit shall expire two (2) years from the date of permit issuance. Building permits may be renewed prior to the expiration date for one (1) additional year period at a charge of 50 percent of the original permit fee.

In order to obtain a new permit for the same proposed construction after expiration, the permittee shall obtain a new building permit but may pay a fee as provided below:

A. If no work has been started – the permittee shall pay 100 percent of the original building permit fee.

B. If project is completed through the approved foundation and floor being constructed – the permittee shall pay 75 percent of the original building permit fee.

C. If project is completed through the approved framing inspection – the permittee shall pay 50 percent of the original building permit fee.

D. If project is completed through the approved drywall inspection – the permittee shall pay a one time final inspection fee of $50.00 in order to final the building permit.

Should the permittee make substantial structural and/or life safety changes to the original approved plans of which the building permit has expired, but for the same building, a new plan review fee of 65 percent of the above-referenced building permit fee shall be charged for residential building permits. A new plan review fee of 80 percent of the above-referenced building permit fee shall be charged for commercial building permits.

Should a change in building code or building requirements have taken place, and the permittee intends to continue the work of the expired permit, a new plan review fee shall be charged in the amount of 65 percent of the original building permit fee for residential building permits. A new plan review fee of 80 percent of the above referenced building permit fee shall be charged for commercial building permits and the permittee shall be required to comply with all such new requirements.

(Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1. Formerly 15.04.031.)

15.04.033 Change of use permit fees.

Building permit applications submitted for a change of use shall be charged according to the new use the structure will accommodate. The valuation of the existing use shall be determined using the most current issue of the Building Safety Journal, published by the International Code Council. The proposed new use building valuation shall be determined using the Building Safety Journal, published by the International Code Council. The valuation of the proposed new use shall be deducted from the existing use valuation, and the building permit and plan review fees shall be as provided for in the 1997 Uniform Building Code, Table 1-A, or as amended by the city of Sequim based on the revised new value. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1. Formerly 15.04.032.)

15.04.034 Work commencing before permit issuance.

Any person who commences any work, activity or operation regulated by this code before obtaining the necessary permits shall be subject to a penalty fee by multiplying the building permit fee times two. This penalty fee shall be in addition to any other required permit fee(s). The payment of such penalty fee shall not exempt any person from compliance with all other provisions of this code nor from any penalty prescribed by law. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1. Formerly 15.04.033.)

15.04.035 Refunds.

Section 109.6 of the International Building Code (IBC) as published by the International Code Council regarding refunds shall be amended to read as follows:

The building official may authorize refunding of 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 reviewing is done.

The building official may authorize refunding in the amount of 80 percent of the building permit fee when no work has been done under a permit issued in accordance with this code. Such requests shall be made in writing by the permittee requesting withdrawal or cancellation of the building permit not later than 180 days after the date of the fee payment.

(Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1. Formerly 15.04.034.)

15.04.040 International Mechanical Code (Chapter 51-52 WAC).

The International Mechanical Code, 2015 Edition, as published by the International Code Conference, is hereby adopted by reference except that the standards for liquefied petroleum gas installations shall be NFPA 58 (Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases and ANSI Z223.1 / NFPA 54 (National Fuel Gas Code). (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1; Ord. 2007-004; Ord. 2004-012; Ord. 98-015 § 2; Ord. 95-025 § 2)

15.04.050 Mechanical permit and inspection fees.

Fees relating to the International Mechanical Code, mechanical permits and inspections shall be as provided in the 1997 Uniform Mechanical Code, Table 1-A, or as amended by the city of Sequim. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1; Ord. 2007-004; Ord. 2004-012; Ord. 98-015 § 2; Ord. 95-025 § 2)

15.04.060 Uniform Plumbing Code (Chapter 51-56 WAC).

The Uniform Plumbing Code, 2015 Edition, including Appendices A, B, and I, as published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, IAPMO, is hereby adopted by reference with the following additions, deletions and exceptions: Chapters 12 and 14 of this code are not adopted; provided further, that those requirements of the Uniform Plumbing Code relating to venting and combustion air of fuel fired appliances as found in Chapter 5 and those portions of the code addressing building sewers are not adopted. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1; Ord. 2007-004; Ord. 2004-012; Ord. 98-015 § 2; Ord. 95-025 § 2)

15.04.070 Plumbing permit and inspection fees.

Fees relating to the Uniform Plumbing Code, plumbing permits and inspections shall be as provided in the 1997 Uniform Plumbing Code, Table 1-1, or as amended by the city of Sequim. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1; Ord. 2007-004; Ord. 2004-012; Ord. 98-015 § 2; Ord. 95-025 § 2)

15.04.080 International Fire Code (Chapter 51-54A WAC).

The International Fire Code, 2015 Edition, as published by the International Code Council, including those standards of the National Fire Protection Association specifically referenced in the IFC is hereby adopted with the following additions, deletions, and exceptions. The following appendices are also adopted:

Appendix B – Fire Flow for Buildings.

Appendix C – Fire Hydrant Locations and Distribution.

Appendix D – Fire Apparatus Access Roads.

Appendix E – Hazard Categories.

Appendix F – Hazard Ranking.

Appendix H – Hazardous Materials Management Plan (HMMP) and Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement (HMIS) Instructions.

Appendix I – Fire Protection Systems – Noncompliant Conditions. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1; Ord. 2007-004; Ord. 2004-012; Ord. 98-015 § 2; Ord. 95-025 § 2)

15.04.081 Fire lane.

The fire marshal shall establish and designate fire lanes in conformance with the following requirements:

A. All designated fire lanes shall be clearly marked in the following manner. Vertical curbs shall be painted red six inches in height and shall be painted on the top and side, extending the length of the designated fire lane with four-inch white block lettering stenciled on the face “NO PARKING – FIRE LANE.” The stenciling shall be spaced every 50 feet. Rolled curbs or surfaces without curbs shall be a red six-inch-wide stripe painted extending the length of the designated fire lane with four-inch white block lettering stenciled on the stripe “NO PARKING – FIRE LANE.” The stenciling shall be spaced every 50 feet.

B. Signs may be substituted for curb painting when approved in writing by the fire marshal.

C. Signs shall not be less than 18 inches in height by 12 inches in width, with block lettering of not less than three-inch-high brush strokes, reading “NO PARKING – FIRE LANE.” Such signs shall be reflective in nature, with red lettering on a white background, and be spaced at intervals of not more than 50 feet apart. The top of such signs shall not be less than four feet or more than six feet from the ground. Signs may be placed on buildings when approved by the fire marshal. When posts are required, they shall be constructed of either two-inch or greater galvanized steel, or four-inch by four-inch or greater pressure-treated wood.

D. The fire marshal may approve deviations from any of the specifications when practical difficulties exist. Requests for deviations shall be made in writing and shall state the reasons therefor and shall be maintained on file in the fire marshal’s records.

E. Existing signs may be allowed to remain until the fire marshal determines that a need for replacement exists based on the illegibility or other deterioration of the existing signs. Such replacement shall occur within 30 days of receiving written notification of the deficiency.

F. Fire lane markings shall be established and maintained as often as required by the fire marshal to clearly identify the designated area as a fire lane, at the sole expense of the property owner. The property owner shall have completed the required establishment or maintenance of the fire lanes within 30 days of receiving written notification that such is necessary.

G. At the entrance to the property where fire lanes have been designated, signs shall be posted in a clearly conspicuous location, and shall clearly state that vehicles parked in fire lanes may be impounded, and the name, telephone number, and address of the towing firm where the vehicle may be redeemed.

H. The owner, manager, or person in charge of any property upon which any designated fire lane has been established shall be responsible to prevent the parking of vehicles in such fire lanes by informing the appropriate towing company of the violation. If the lane is blocked by any other obstruction, the owner, manager, or person in charge of the property shall attempt to remove the obstruction, and, if unable to do so, shall inform the fire marshal that the obstruction exists.

I. Any vehicle or object obstructing a designated fire lane is hereby declared to be an immediate hazard to the public safety, and may be impounded without notice to the owner pursuant to Chapter 46.55 RCW, and in accordance with Chapter 8.05 SMC. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A))

15.04.082 Fire lanes – Penalties.

Any person who fails to mark or maintain the marking of or tampers with the marking of a designated fire lane or sign as required by this chapter, or willfully obstructs or allows the obstruction of a designated fire lane or sign, shall be subject to penalties in accordance with SMC 15.04.130. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A))

15.04.083 Building standpipes.

Section 905.3, Required Installations, of the International Fire Code (IFC) as published by the International Code Council regarding standpipe locations shall be an added section to read as follows:

905.3.8 Class 1 Standpipes shall be required in any building with three (3) floor levels or more and in buildings with two (2) floor levels where the travel distance at required exits on the ground level to the most remote location of the second level is more than 150’ for non-sprinklered buildings or 200’ for sprinklered buildings.

EXCEPTIONS: Residential structures constructed under the current International Residential Code.

(Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A))

15.04.084 Fire alarm and detection systems.

Section 907.1.4 of the International Fire Code (IFC) as published by the International Code Council regarding fire alarm and detection system designer requirements shall be an added section to read as follows:

907.1.4 Designer of Record.

907.1.4.1 The designation “Designer of Record” shall refer to a competent individual acceptable to, and in good standing with, the City of Sequim Fire Marshal, who designs or directly supervises the design of all alarm system submittals, re-submittals, and field changes, until complete installation, testing, and final City of Sequim Fire Marshal acceptance. This person shall be designated at the beginning of the job and follow it through to completion.

907.1.4.2 Any Designer of Record approved by the City of Sequim Fire Marshal who fails to follow the published process for review, installation, and inspection may jeopardize the designer’s standing with the City of Sequim Fire Marshal.

907.1.4.3 Acceptable proof of competence shall be any one of the following:

A. State of Washington Professional Electrical Engineer or a Fire Protection Engineer’s license. Documentation of certification shall be provided to the Fire Marshal.

B. A valid NICET Level III or higher Certification for Fire Alarm Systems. Documentation of certification shall be provided to the Fire Marshal.

(Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A))

15.04.085 Propane tank regulations.

Section 5703.6 of the International Fire Code is amended as follows:

Piping Systems. Piping systems, and their component parts, for flammable and combustible liquids must be in accordance with Section 5703.6.1 through 5703.6.11. Piping for above ground Liquid Propane systems greater than or equal to 125-gallons must be of approved flexible connect tubing from the tank to the appliance.

Section 6107 of the International Fire Code adds three new sections to read as follows:

SECTION 6107

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND DEVICES

6107.5 Protecting containers from displacement. LP-gas containers greater than or equal to 125-gallons must be anchored or strapped to prevent lateral displacement. Anchors or straps must be an approved, listed device. Anchors or straps for LP-gas containers greater than or equal to 2000-gallons must be designed by a licensed professional.

6107.6 Earthquake shut-off valves. LP-gas containers greater than or equal to 125-gallons must be protected with an approved, listed earthquake shut-off device.

6107.7 Non-compliant installed LP-gas containers. Non-compliant LP-gas containers must comply with Sections 6107.5 and 610.7.6 when a change of use / occupancy occurs.

(Ord. 2017-008 § 1 (Exh. A))

15.04.090 Washington State Residential Energy Code (Chapter 51-11R WAC).

The 2015 Washington State Energy Code, with all Washington State amendments and adopted appendices as contained in Chapter 51-11R WAC, is hereby adopted. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1; Ord. 2007-004; Ord. 2004-012; Ord. 98-015 § 2; Ord. 95-025 § 2)

15.04.095 Washington State Commercial Energy Code (Chapter 51-11C WAC).

The 2015 Washington State Energy Code, with all Washington State amendments and adopted appendices as contained in Chapter 51-11C WAC, is hereby adopted. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A))

15.04.110 Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings.

The 1997 Edition of the Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings published by the International Code Council is hereby adopted. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1; Ord. 2007-004; Ord. 2004-012. Formerly 15.04.120.)

15.04.120 Documents to be filed and available for public inspection.

The codes, appendices and standards set forth in this chapter shall be filed with the department of community development, and a copy thereof made available for use and examination by the public, pursuant to RCW 35A.12.140. (Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1; Ord. 2007-004; Ord. 2004-012; Ord. 98-015 § 2; Ord. 95-025 § 2. Formerly 15.04.130.)

15.04.130 Penalties.

Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter or the codes or standards adopted herein or fails to comply therewith, or who violates or fails to comply with any order made thereunder, or who builds in violation of any detailed statement of specifications or plans submitted and approved thereunder, or any certificate or permit issued thereunder, within the time fixed herein, is severally for each and every such violation and noncompliance, respectively, guilty of a gross misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 or by imprisonment for not more than one year or by both such fine and imprisonment. The imposition of one penalty for any violation does not excuse the violation or permit it to continue; and all such persons are required to correct or remedy such violations or defects within a reasonable time; and when not otherwise specified, each day that prohibited conditions are maintained constitutes a separate offense. In addition, the director is authorized to apply Chapter 1.13 SMC, Code Enforcement, to secure compliance. (Ord. 2019-013 (Exh. B); Ord. 2016-004 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2013-007 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-010 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2008-017 § 1; Ord. 2007-004; Ord. 2004-012; Ord. 98-015 § 2; Ord. 95-025 § 2. Formerly 15.04.140.)