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In separate actions earlier this month, the Lincoln County Commission granted approval to the adoption of the 2018 International Building Codes and amended its zoning resolution to include a permit fee schedule, covering residential, multi-family, commercial and industrial development.

The effective date to begin enforcing the 2018 codes is May 1, 2019, said Nancy Harris, director of planning and codes for the county, noting the delayed effective date will allow for contractors and other professionals to make the necessary adjustments in preparation for the upcoming change.

The planning and zoning office is in the process of preparing a comparison sheet of the changes between the current 2009 code edition and the proposed 2018 edition, Harris said. That information will be available on the county’s website as soon as it is completed, she said, adding that you can visit lincolncountytngov.com soon for the information. Questions can also be directed to the office at 931-438-5186.

Developed by the International Code Council (ICC), the 2018 International Building Codes sets basic standards in eight sections: buildings, plumbing, mechanicals, gas, residential, energy, property maintenance, and accessibility. There are also some exclusions in the codes as adopted by the LC Commission.

The appendices included in each section are outlined in the following.

Building Code — Employee Qualifications, Supplementary Accessibility Requirements, Rodent Proofing, Flood Resistant Construction, Patio Covers, Grading, and Replicable Buildings.

Plumbing Code — Structural Safety, Degree Day and Design Temperatures, and Sizing of Water Piping System.

Mechanical Code – Chimney Connector Pass-Through.

Fuel Gas Code – Sizing and Capacities of Gas Piping, Sizing of Venting Systems Serving Appliances, Exit Terminals of Mechanical Draft and Direct-Vent Venting Systems, and Recommended Procedure for Safety Inspection of an Existing Appliance Installation.

Residential Code – Excludes One and Two-Family Dwelling Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems and includes Sizing and Capacities of Gas Piping, Sizing of Venting Systems Serving Appliances, Exit Terminals of Mechanical Draft and Direct-Vent Venting Systems, Recommended Procedure for Safety Inspection of an Existing Appliance Installation, Manufactured Housing Used As Dwelling, Radon Control Methods, Piping Standards for Various Applications, Patio Covers, Existing Buildings and Structures, Sound Transmission, Home Day Care, R-3 Occupancy, Venting Methods, Automatic Vehicular Gates, Sizing of Water Piping System, Tiny Houses, Solar Ready Provisions, and Detached one and Two-Family Dwellings and Townhouses.

Energy Conservation Code – Solar Ready Provisions, and Detached One and Two-Family Dwellings and Townhouses.

Property Maintenance Code – Excludes Exterior Property Areas, Rubbish and Garbage, Pest Elimination, and Fire Safety Requirements.

ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

 

Permit Fee Schedule

Aimed at shifting the burden for costs from taxpayers to developers, Lincoln County’s amended zoning resolution includes a new permit fee schedule.

Harris explained that she had derived the permit fees by using formulas in the international code in conjunction with the building modifier for this area and relevant associated costs. Different fees are set for various aspects of residential building permits, multi-family permits, and commercial/industrial developments.

To determine the amount of the permit for residential purposes, you would multiple total conditioned square footage by $88, and then multiple that figure by .004. In addition, you would multiply total unconditioned square footage by $47.80, and then multiple that figure by .004. The two calculated amounts would be added together to determine the total permit fee.

Somewhat similar formulas are included in the schedule for new construction of multi-family units and commercial/industrial buildings. The schedule includes, too, permit amounts for remodeling and other improvements, such as the addition of decks and pools.

See the accompanying Permit Fee Schedule for more detail.

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