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Building Code and Valuation Table Updates in 2019
Several changes related to building and construction codes and the building permit valuation table occurred beginning with the new year.
Following adoption by the Reno City Council in November 2018, a new series of building and construction codes went into effect on January 1, 2019 on a voluntary basis. Compliance with the codes will be mandatory beginning July 1, 2019.
The newly adopted codes and standards include the following:
- 2018 International Existing Building Code
- 2018 International Building Code
- 2018 International Residential Code
- 2018 International Mechanical Code
- 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
- 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
- 2018 Uniform Mechanical Code
- 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code
- 2017 National Electric Code
- 2018 Northern Nevada Amendments
All residential master building permits must be re-submitted to meet the 2018 codes by the July 1, 2019 deadline. In order to coordinate this process smoothly, the Building and Safety Division encourages appointments, which can be scheduled by contacting Plans Examiner Supervisor Dan Birkel.
The updated building and construction codes are a result of a region-wide, collaborative process with the development industry and local jurisdictions across northern Nevada.
“The process of regularly reviewing our codes is important to building communities that are safe, sustainable, affordable, and resilient. Creating amendments as a unified group ensures consistency across jurisdictions in the northern Nevada region and helps everyone to bid jobs more effectively knowing the rules are the same in each location,” Acting Building and Safety Manager Chris Pingree said.
Along with the code changes, a newer version of the International Code Council (ICC) valuation table went into effect in January 2019 and will remain in place through June 30, 2020. Beginning each July after that, it will be recommended that the ICC February table of that year take effect. The ICC valuation table is developed using nationally recognized data to establish a fair and consistent method for verifying industry costs and productivity.