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Duties as Powers of the Building Official
November 19, 2019
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Excellent thread..!!!

November 19, 2019
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Great Post

January 11, 2019
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Cost of a sprinkler system.

May 16, 2018
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I saw the 5 or fewer guest rooms but the specific house I am looking at now has 9 guest rooms and there are homes in the area that have more than that.  There will be a person that will live primarily in the home while the other rooms will be rented out in a bed and breakfast style.  The home I am currently working on won't be making any other major alterations other than the removal of a couple of walls.

May 11, 2018
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Outside the box: 310.5.2 Lodging houses. How about an owner occupied lodging house, with 5 or fewer guest rooms?

LODGING HOUSE. A one-family dwelling where one or more occupants are primarily permanent in nature and rent is
paid for guest rooms.

R313.2 One- and two-family dwellings automatic fire systems. 

Exception: An automatic residential fire sprinkler system shall not be required for additions or alterations to existing
buildings that are not already provided with an automatic residential sprinkler system.

May 11, 2018
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I have looked in the existing building code and it states that any R occupancy must be brought up to code.  The client that I have right now doesn't actually have a problem with this and is fine putting in fire sprinklers, I just know that there are a lot of people that are going to be dealing with this so I was asking for future reference.  My concern is that if people can't afford to do things with these large buildings then the town is going to be left with a bunch of decrepit monster homes so I was hoping there was some way to change the occupancy class without the added cost of a sprinkler system.

May 11, 2018
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Automatic smoke detection system is not the same as a fire suppression system, according to the section it would not meet the intent of the code.

"such modification does not lessen health, accessibility, life and fire safety or structural requirements".

Have you explored options in International Existing Building Code?

May 10, 2018
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My question has to do with the modifications section under the duties and powers of the building official in the 2015 IBC (2015 IBC 104.10).  My question is how much power does the building official have over the modifications of the building code.  The code states that they can make modifications where there are practical difficulties in carrying out the code as long as the modification meets the intent of the code. I live in a rural, low poverty area that has homes that were built to house extremely large families.  There are a group of individuals that would like to convert these houses into a Bed and Breakfast in order to try and pull some tourism to our town.  The regulation that always stops them dead in their tracks is the need to put in a fire sprinkler system, the cost to do this would be so great that it isn't worth it to even take on the project at all.  The city water pressure is also not great enough to supply a sprinkler system without the use of a fire sprinkler pump, which just increases the cost.  Is this something that the Building Official has the power to modify and require a different type of fire protection system, such as an automatic smoke detection system.