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AI- 3730   11.    
City Council Agenda
Meeting Date: 06/04/2013  
Subject:    Adoption of Updated Building and Fire Codes
Presenter: Tom Utterback
Department: Development Services  

Recommended Action

Conduct first reading of an ordinance adopting the 2012 versions of the State-mandated International Building and Fire Codes and other related construction codes, which are implemented via amendments to Chapters 16.04, 16.08, 17.04 and 17.42 of the Puyallup Municipal Code.

State law requires that Puyallup and other local jurisdictions use the International Building and Fire Codes and other related construction codes (together termed the "State Building Code") in our permit review and inspection activities. Specifically, the State Building Code consists of the following:
  • The International Building Code, Standards and amendments:  WAC 51-50;
  • The International Residential Code, Standards and amendments: WAC 51-51;
  • The International Mechanical Code, Standards and amendments (NOTE: certain codes for petroleum-related facilities are instead tied to the separate National Fire Protection Association standards): WAC 51-52;
  • The International Fire Code, Standards and amendments:  WAC 51-54A;
  • The Uniform Plumbing Code, Standards and amendments: WAC 51-56;
  • The Washington State Energy Code, Standards and amendments: WAC 51-11; and
  • Those rules expressly adopted by the Washington State Building Code Council, separate from Federal ADA standards, relating to building accessibility for physically disabled and/or elderly persons, as provided in RCW 70.92.100 through 70.92.160.
Every three years, the State Building Code Council amends these codes, which prinicipally consists of adopting updated versions of the national standards. Puyallup, along with other local jurisdictions in Washington state, updates our local code standards to conform with State law. Effective July 1, 2013, the City is obligated to begin using the 2012 version of the International Building Code as well as updated versions of the other construction codes as cited above.   The attached ordinance formally implements these updated codes in the City and also maintains some local amendments, as noted herein. 
Previous Actions (Discussions/Presentations)
In the past, Council has approved similar amendments every three years to adopt updated iterations of the Building Code, Fire Code and related construction codes. This last occurred in 2010.   This ordinance is being formatted to, henceforth, simply reference the "current" editions of applicable International codes, thus lessening the need for similar perfunctory Municipal Code amendments in the future.  
Summary of Proposal
The following is a summary of Municipal Code amendments contained in the attached ordinance:
  1. Proposed changes to the Fire Code (PMC Sec. 16.04)
    1. 16.04.010: Adoption of 2012 International Fire Code.  Delete sub-section "h", as Emergency Responder Radio Coverage (previously addressed in the Municipal Code) is now adequately covered in the 2012 Fire Code.
    2. 16.04.025: Local amendments of International Fire Code – Adopt minor revisions to be more consistent with provisions of the 2012 Fire Code.
    3. 16.08.040: Fire flow requirements – Within the past two years, a local code amendment was approved that allows exceptions to fire flow/access requirements for up to a 25% addition to single family homes (PMC 16.04.025 (4)).  The proposed ordinance would modify that earlier exception to require new construction, on lots created prior to 1982, to comply with the fire flow and fire access requirements.
  2. Proposed changes to the Building, Mechanical, Plumbing and related codes (PMC Sec. 17.04)
    1. PMC 17.04.030
      1. Adopts the 2012 Building Code – PMC adoption by reference of the State Building Codes.
      2. The Washington State Energy Code has been completely reformatted; the International Code is adopted with extensive State amendments. 
      3. Adopts the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code.
      4. 17.04.040 - Deletes the Existing Building Code reference that is now included in within the State Building Code.
    2. Proposed changes to the Residential Code provision of the PMC 17.04.050
      1. Better references the City of Puyallup in the Residential Code, aiding us in local enforcement purposes.
      2. Clarifies references in the updated version of the Table R301.2(1) to allow use of more accurate local design criteria.
  3. Proposed procedural change to PMC 17.42 (City standards for Public Works Engineering and Construction)
    1. 17.41.035 This section would be updated to provide clearer authority to the Public Works Department regarding the expiration of certain applications and permits (i.e. replaces current reference to the Building Code Official with the City Engineer or designee).
The great majority of these code updates are prescribed by State law and the City thus has little flexibility in adopting or implementing them. Each local jurisdiction, however, does have some latitude as far as implementing local amendments and/or adopting optional provisions of the State Building Code. The ordinance that accompanies this agenda bill includes some relatively minor local amendments.   

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These State-required code updates have little or no fiscal effect upon City staff resources. Standard staff procedures for permit intake, plan review and construction inspection functions would remain essentially in their current form; however, some short-term development review staff training is involved in becoming familiar with these code updates, particularly the Energy Code.

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