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Building Codes Overview

Cities, counties, and the state have all been granted the authority to adopt and implement building code standards. The purpose of a building code is to establish construction and safety minimums that benefit the general public and preserve the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens.

State Building Code

The state building code applies in the following circumstances:
- Buildings and structures owned by the state or an agency of the state
- Cities or counties that have adopted the state building code by ordinance
- Newly constructed buildings and structures paid for in whole or in part with state appropriated funds but not owned by the state
- Cities with more than 15,000 people, which have not adopted a local building code that conforms with nationally recognized building code standards
- Manufacture and installation of factory-built structures
- Thermal efficiency standards for all new construction with enclosed space that is heated or cooled
- Lighting efficiency standards for all new construction, as well as the new and replacement lighting in existing buildings
- Energy conservation requirements for all new construction commenced on or after July 1, 2008
- Accessibility standards for the handicapped in buildings and facilities used by the general public
- Minimum plumbing facilities in places of assembly for public use

If a city or county chooses to enact the state code, once the ordinance is passed, a certified copy of the ordinance...

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