Section NumberTitleIBC SectionIRC Section
155.01Short Title
155.02Adoption of Building Code
155.03Amendments, modifications, additions and deletions
155.04Referenced Codes -- Amendments, Modifications, Additions and Deletions
155.05DeletionsR501.3
155.06Title101.1R101.1
155.07Energy101.4.6R101.3.1
155.08Creation of Enforcement Agency103.1.R103.1
155.09Iowa State Plumbing Code104.11
155.10Required (permits) Platting105.1R105.1
155.11Work exempt from permit105.2R105.2
155.12Expiration105.5R105.5
155.13Revocation of Permit105.6.1R105.6.1
155.14Plan Review Fees109.2.1R108.2.1
155.15Work Commencing Before Permit Issuance109.4
155.16Use & OccupancyR110.1
155.17Underground Utility Installation112.4R111.4
155.18Definitions202R202
155.19Climatic and Geographic Design CriteriaTable R301.2(1)
155.20Exterior WallsR302.1
155.21Exterior WallsTable R302.1
155.22TownhousesR302.2
155.23TownhousesR302.2A
155.24Two-Family DwellingsR302.3
155.25Dwelling/Garage Fire SeparationR302.6
155.26Dwelling/Garage SeparationTable R302.6
155.27Bathrooms (Exhaust)R303.3
155.28Separation (garages)406.3.4
155.29Emergency Escape and Rescue Required (basements)R310.1
155.30Operational Constraints1029.4R310.1.4
155.31Emergency Escape Windows Under Decks & PorchesR310.5
155.32RisersR311.7.5.1
155.33Continuity (handrail configuration) R311.7.8.2
155.34Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems Townhomes exception R313.1
155.35Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems One & Two Family exceptionR313.2
155.36Frost ProtectionR403.1.4.1
155.37Foundation Walls – lateral supportR404.1
155.38Foundation Walls For Conventional Light Frame Wood Construction1807.1.5.1 & TableR404.1.2.2.3/Table
155.39Foundation Drainage – sump pumpsR405.3
155.40Reinforcement SupportR506.2.4
155.41Single & multiple-station smoke alarms907.2.11
155.42Foundation and Supports – mechanical equipmentM1403.2
155.43FreezingP2603.5
155.44Sewer DepthP2603.5.1
155.45Continuity and Components1007.2 #11
155.46Doors, Gates and Turnstiles (frost protection)1008.1.6.1
155.47Continuity (handrails)1012.4#4
155.48Access to a Public Way1027.5.1
155.49Maximum Height From Floor (emergency escape and rescue)1029.3 
155.50Window Wells1029.5.3
155.51Energy EfficiencyChapter 13Chapter 11 [RE]
155.52Minimum Thickness of Weather Coverings (vinyl siding)Table 1405.2 (f)
155.53Vinyl Siding (weather-resistive barrier required)1405.14.2
155.54Ground Snow Loads1608.2
155.55Flood Loads1612
155.56Frost Protection1809.5
155.57Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot TubsAppendix G
155.58Swimming Pool – defined3109.2AG102
155.59Compliance With Other Codes3401.3
155.60Building Permits in New Subdivisions

155.01    SHORT TITLE.  This chapter shall be known as the Granger Building Code, and may be cited as such, and may be referred to herein as this chapter.

155.02    ADOPTION OF BUILDING CODE.  Pursuant to published notice as required by law, the International Building Code 2012 Edition; and the International Residential Building Code 2012 Edition, published by the International Code Council, Inc., is adopted in full except for such portions as may be hereinafter deleted, modified or amended. A copy of the International Building Code 2012 Edition as adopted, a copy of the International Residential Code 2012 Edition as adopted and a copy of this chapter are on file in the office of the City Clerk.

155.03    AMENDMENTS, MODIFICATIONS, ADDITIONS AND DELETIONS.  The International Building Code, 2012 Edition (hereinafter known as the IBC), and the International Residential Code, 2012 Edition (hereinafter known as the IRC), are amended as hereinafter set out in Sections 155.04 through 155.59.

155.04    REFERENCED CODES - - AMENDMENTS, MODIFICATIONS, ADDITIONS AND DELETIONS. The remaining sections in this chapter represent amendments to the requirements contained in the IBC and IRC.  In the event requirements of this code conflict with applicable State and Federal requirements, the more stringent shall apply except that all references to flood hazard construction shall be coordinated in consultation with Chapter 160 of this Code of Ordinances.

155.05    DELETIONS.  The following is deleted from the IRC and is of no force or effect in this chapter:

Subsection 501.3 Fire protection of floors

Part VIII - Electrical

155.06    SUBSECTIONS 101.1 AND R101.1 AMENDED - - TITLE.  Subsections 101.1, Title, of the IBC and R101.1, Title, of the IRC, are hereby deleted and there is enacted in lieu thereof the following subsections:

Subsection 101.1 Title.  These regulations shall be known as the Granger Building Code, hereinafter known as “this code.”

Subsection R 101.1 Title.  These provisions shall be known as the Granger Residential Code for One- and Two – Family Dwellings, and shall be cited as such and will be referred to herein as “this code.”

155.07    SUBSECTION 101.4.6 AMENDED AND R101.3.1 ADDITION - - ENERGY.  Subsection 101.4.6, Energy, of the IBC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following subsection and Subsection R101.3.1, Intent, of the IRC, is hereby established by adding the following subsection:

Subsection 101.4.6 Energy and Subsection R101.3.1 Intent.  The provisions of the International Energy Code as currently adopted and amended by the Iowa State Building Code Bureau shall apply to all matters governing the design and construction of buildings for energy efficiency.  Administration shall be as prescribed in “this code’ and these regulations shall be known as the Granger Energy Code.  Construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspections and the Building Official may make or cause to be made the requested inspections.  The Building Official is authorized to accept reports of approved inspection agencies, provided such agencies satisfy the requirements as to qualifications and reliability.  Any portion that does not comply shall be corrected and such portion shall not be covered or concealed until authorized by the Building Official.

155.08    SUBSECTIONS 103.1 AND R103.1 AMENDED - - CREATION OF ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.  Subsection 103.1, Creation of enforcement agency, of the IBC and R103.1, Creation of enforcement agency, of the IRC, are hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:

Subsections 103.1 and R103.1  Building Official and Zoning Administrator  The term Building Official is intended to also mean the Zoning Administrator, who shall be appointed by the Council and shall hereinafter also be referred to as Code Official and his or her representatives or designees, who are herewith delegated the same powers, authorities, duties and responsibilities as designated for the Code Official.  The Code Official when so appointed, shall be responsible for the enforcement of the Building Code; the Mechanical code; the Plumbing code; the Gas Code, the Energy code, the Electrical code, the Zoning code and the Fire Prevention code of the city. The Code Official shall have authority to file a complaint in any court of competent jurisdiction charging a person with the violation of this Chapter. The Code Official shall have whatever additional duties the Council may prescribe.

155.09    SUBSECTION 104.11 ADDITION - - ALTERNATE MATERIALS, METHODS AND EQUIPMENT.Subsections 104.11.3, Plumbing and Fuel Gas, of the IBC, is hereby established by adding the following subsection:

Subsection 104.11, Alternate materials, methods and equipment, of the IBC is hereby amended by adding the following subsection and exception:

Subsection 104.11.3 – Iowa State Plumbing Code  The Iowa State Plumbing Code consisting of the Uniform Plumbing Code, as prepared and edited by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, as amended and currently adopted by the State of Iowa Department of Public Health, is hereby approved as an alternate equivalent method for complete plumbing and fuel gas systems.

Subsection 104.11.3, Administration exception 1  Administrative regulations shall be as prescribed in the International Plumbing Code, 2012 Edition and International Fuel Gas Code, 2012 Edition, as adopted and amended.

155.10    SUBSECTIONS 105.1 AND R105.1 ADDITION - - (PERMITS) REQUIRED.  Subsections 105.1, Required, of the IBC and R105.1, Required, of the IRC, are hereby amended by adding the following to said subsections:

Subsections 105.1 and R105.1  Platting required.  A building permit shall not be issued unless the land upon which the proposed work is to be done is platted pursuant to the provisions of the subdivision regulations, unless a metes and bounds description previously has been utilized by the City.

A building permit shall not be issued permitting the construction of any building or other structure on any lot designated on any plat as an outlot, without such lot being replatted in accordance with the provisions of the subdivision regulations.  Such platting may be waived by the city council if that body determines that no portion of the land is needed for public purposes or if that portion needed for public purposes, as determined by the council, is dedicated to the city; provided further, that such platting may be waived by the zoning administrator if the requested building permit is for one of the following purposes:

  1. Any accessory structure or addition for a one or two family residence;
  2. The removal, repair or alteration of a structure on unplatted premises, provided that there is no change in the use classifications of such structure;
  3. The term "alteration" shall be deemed to mean any change or modification of a structure that does not serve to increase the size of the original structure by more than ten percent.

155.11    SUBSECTIONS 105.2 AND R105.2 AMENDED - - WORK EXEMPT FROM PERMIT.  Subsections 105.2, Work exempt from permit, of the IBC and R105.2, Work exempt from permit, of the IRC are hereby amended by deleting the following items and adding a sentence to said subsections as follows:

Subsections 105.2 and R105.2  Work Exempt From Permit

Subsection 105.2 Building - Item #1 Detached structures not exceeding 120 sq. ft. - Delete

Subsection 105.2 Building - Item #2 Fences not over 7 feet high - Delete

Subsection 105.2 Building - Item #6 Sidewalks and driveways - Delete

Subsection 105.2 Building - Item #9 Prefabricated swimming pools - Delete

Subsection 105.2 Building - Item #10 Shade cloth structures - Delete

Subsection R105.2 Building - Item #1 Detached structures not exceeding 200 sq. ft. - Delete

Subsection R105.2 Building - Item # 2 Fences not over 7 feet high - Delete

Subsection R105.2 Building - Item #5 Sidewalks and driveways - Delete

Subsection R105.2 Building - Item #7 Prefabricated swimming pools - Delete

Subsection R105.2 Building - Item #10 Decks not exceeding 200 sq. ft. - Delete

Exemption from permit requirements of this chapter shall not preclude requirements for permitting of plumbing, electrical and mechanical installations and systems or compliance with this Code of Ordinances.

155.12    SUBSECTIONS 105.5 AND R105.5 AMENDED - - EXPIRATION.  Subsections 105.5. Expiration, of the IBC and R105.5, Expiration, of the IRC, are hereby amended by deleting said subsections and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsections 105.5 and R105.5  12 Month Expiration  Every permit issued under the provisions of this Code shall expire twelve (12) months from the date of issue, unless the application is accompanied by a construction schedule of specific longer duration, in which instance the permit may be issued for the term of the construction schedule, with approval of the Code Official.  If the work has not been completed by the expiration date of the permit, no further work shall be done until the permit shall have been renewed by the owner or his or her agent and by payment of the renewal fee as established by Resolution of the City Council, and provided no changes have been made in plans or location.  Upon approval, permits may be extended for no more than two periods not exceeding 180 days each.

155.13    SUBSECTIONS 105.6.1 AND R105.6.1 ADDITION - - REVOCATION OF PERMIT.  Subsections 105.6.1 Revocation of Permit, of the IBC and R105.6.1, Revocation of Permit, of the IRC, are hereby established by adding the following subsections:

Subsections 105.6.1 and R105.6.1  Revocation of Permit  It is the responsibility of the permit holder to schedule the required inspections and obtain final approval.  Failure to schedule the required inspections and receive approval of work authorized by the permit before covering said work or at completion shall result in revocation of the permit and void any associated approvals granted by the City.  This failure shall also equate to working without a permit in violation of City ordinance and no future permits shall be issued to any person or company who has outstanding violations of this code or any other laws or ordinances of the City.  Failure to contact the City for any inspection or follow-up prior to expiration of a permit shall be deemed a violation of this code section.  Failure to contact the City for any inspection or follow-up prior to expiration of a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy shall also be deemed a violation of this code section.  Allowing occupancy of a structure, for which a person or company holds a building permit, prior to or without a valid Certificate of Occupancy (temporary or final) shall be deemed a violation of this code section and no future permits shall be issued to any person or company who has outstanding violations of this code or any other laws or ordinances of the City.

155.14    SUBSECTIONS 109.2.1 AND R108.2.1 ADDITION - - PLAN REVIEW FEES.  Subsections 109.2.1, Plan review fees, of the IBC, and R108.2.1, Plan review fees, of the IRC, are hereby established by adding the following subsections:

Subsections 109.2.1 and R108.2.1  Plan review fees  Fees for all plan reviews shall be as set forth and established by resolution of the City Council.  All such fees shall be paid in accordance with the terms and requirements of such resolution or as the same may be amended by the City Council from time to time.

155.15    SUBSECTIONS 109.4 AND R108.6 ADDITION - - WORK COMMENCING BEFORE PERMIT ISSUANCE.  Subsections 109.4, Work commencing before permit issuance, of the IBC, and R108.6, Work commencing before permit issuance, of the IRC, are hereby established by adding the following sentence after said subsections:

Subsections 109.4 and R108.6  Work commencing before permit issuance  Said fee shall be 100 percent of the usual permit fee in addition to the required permit fees.

155.16    SUBSECTION R110.1 AMENDED - - USE AND OCCUPANCY.  Subsection R110.1, Use and occupancy, of the IRC, is hereby amended by deleting exception #2 - Accessory buildings or structures.

155.17    SECTION 112 AND R111 ADDITION - - UNDERGROUND UTILITY INSTALLATION.  Subsections 112.4, Service Utilities, of the IBC, and R111.4, Service Utilities, of the IRC, are hereby established by adding the following subsections:

Subsections 112.4 and R111.4  Underground utility installation   All electrical service lines not exceeding four hundred eighty volts and all telephone and cablevision service lines, as well as other utility lines serving any new building or structure, including signs and billboards, requiring permanent electrical service shall be placed underground unless a waiver from such is approved by the city engineer.

The provisions of this section shall not apply to existing buildings or additions to such buildings. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to apply to temporary service when defined as such by the utility company.

155.18    SECTION R202 AMENDED - - DEFINITIONS.  Section 202, Definitions, of the IBC, and Section R202 Definitions, of the IRC, are hereby amended by deleting the definition of accessory structure, swimming pool and townhouse and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Section 202  Swimming Pool  Any structure intended for swimming, recreational bathing or wading that is capable of containing water over 24 inches deep.  This includes in-ground, above-ground and on-ground pools; hot tubs; spas and fixed-in-place wading pools, but excludes manmade lakes or ponds created through the collection of storm water or drainage runoff.

Section R202  Accessory Structure  Accessory structures shall be defined as and shall conform to applicable zoning requirements and shall include but not be limited to structures and equipment with a fixed location on the ground, including wind energy systems, generators and equipment shelters.

Section R202  Townhouse  A single-family dwelling unit constructed in groups of three or more attached units in which each unit extends from foundation to roof.  Townhouse groups of more than twelve units shall have a yard or public way on at least two sides.

155.19    TABLE R301.2(1) AMENDED - - CLIMATIC AND GEOGRAPHIC DESIGN CRITERIA.  Table R301.2(1), Climatic and Geographic Design Criteria, of the IRC, is hereby amended by modifying said table as follows:

Table R301.2(1), Climatic and Geographic Design Criteria

Ground

Snow Load

Wind DesignSeismic Design CategorySubject To Damage FromWinterFlood Hazards
Speed MPHTopographic EffectsWeatheringFrost Line DepthTermiteDesign TempIce Barrier Req'd.Flood Plain Ord AdoptionAir Freezing IndexMean Annual Temp.
30 PSF90NOASevere42"No-5º FYes4-Jan-86183348.6

155.20    SUBSECTION R302.1 AMENDED - - EXTERIOR WALLS.  Subsection R302.1, Exterior walls, of the IRC, is hereby amended by deleting all exceptions and inserting in lieu thereof the following exception:

Subsection R302.1 Exterior walls exception #1  Accessory structures less than 10 feet from a dwelling and/or less than 3 feet from a property line shall be provided with 5/8” “X” fire code sheetrock or equivalent throughout the interior, including the walls and ceiling.  Any accessory structure opening(s) in wall(s) parallel to and less than 10’ from dwelling unit wall(s) shall be fire rated in accordance with this code.

155.21    SUBSECTION TABLE R302.1 AMENDED - - EXTERIOR WALLS.  Table R302.1, Exterior Walls, of the IRC, is hereby amended by modifying said table as follows:

Table R302.1(1), Exterior Walls

 

Exterior Wall Element

Minimum

Fire-Resistance Rating

Minimum Fire

Separation Distance

 

Walls

(Fire-resistance rated)1 hour with exposure from both sides per ASTM E 119 or UL 263< 3 feet
(Not fire-resistance rated)0 hours≥ 3 feet
 

Projections

(Fire-resistance rated)1 hour on the underside2 feet
(Not fire-resistance rated)0 hours≥ 2 feet
 

Openings

Not allowedN/A< 3 feet
25% Maximum Wall Area0 hours3 feet
Unlimited0 hours5 feet
 

Penetrations

 

All

Comply with Section R302.4< 3 feet
None required3 feet

155.22    SUBSECTION R302.2 AMENDED - - TOWNHOUSES.  Subsection R302.2, Townhouses, of the IRC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following (exception and subsequent subsections remains unchanged):

Subsection R302.2 Townhouses  Each sprinklered townhouse shall be considered a separate building and shall be separated by fire-resistance-rated wall assemblies meeting the requirements of section R302.1 for exterior walls.  All townhouse groups of more than twelve attached units in which each unit does not have a yard or public way on at least two sides shall be sprinklered.

155.23    SUBSECTION R302.2A ADDITION - - TOWNHOUSES.  Subsection R302.2, Townhouses, of the IRC, is hereby established by adding the following subsection and exception:

Subsection R302.2 Townhouses  Each non-sprinklered townhouse shall be considered a separate building and shall be separated by fire-resistance-rated wall assemblies meeting the requirements of Section R302.1 for exterior walls.  All townhouse groups of more than twelve attached units in which each unit does not have a yard or public way on at least two sides shall be sprinklered.

Exception: A common 2-hour fire-resistance-rated wall assembly tested in accordance with ASTM E 119 or UL 263 is permitted for townhouses if such walls do not contain plumbing or mechanical equipment, ducts or vents in the cavity of the common wall. The wall shall be rated for fire exposure from both sides and shall extend to and be tight against exterior walls and the underside of the roof sheathing. Electrical installations shall be installed in accordance with the Granger Electrical Code. Penetrations of electrical outlet boxes shall be in accordance with Section R302.4.

155.24    R302.3 AMENDED - - TWO-FAMILY DWELLINGS.  Subsection R302.3 Two-family dwellings, of the IRC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following and deleting exception 2:

R302.3 Two-family dwellings  For purposes of fire-resistive separation, two-family dwelling units shall be considered as townhouses and shall be constructed in accordance with R302.2.

Exception 2 deleted

155.25    SUBSECTION R302.6 AMENDED - - DWELLING/GARAGE FIRE SEPARATION.  Subsection R302.6, Dwelling/garage fire separation, of the IRC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following subsection:

Subsection R302.6  Dwelling/garage fire separation  The garage shall be separated throughout as required by Table R302.6.  Openings in garage walls shall comply with section R302.5.

155.26    SUBSECTION TABLE R302.6 AMENDED - - DWELLING/GARAGE SEPARATION.  Table R302.6 Exterior Walls, of the IRC, is hereby amended by modifying said table as follows:

Table R302.6, Dwelling/garage separation

SeparationMaterial
From the residence & attics – common wall

with garage

5/8” “X” fire code sheetrock or equivalent applied to the garage side
From all habitable rooms above the garage5/8” “X” fire code sheetrock or equivalent – throughout garage
Structures supporting floor/ceiling assemblies

used for separation required by this section

5/8” “X” fire code sheetrock or equivalent – throughout garage
Garages located less than 10 feet from a

dwelling unit(s) on the same lot

5/8” “X” fire code sheetrock or equivalent – throughout garage

155.27    SUBSECTION R303.3 AMENDED - - BATHROOMS.  Subsection R303.3, Bathrooms, of the IRC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following subsection and also by adding the following exception:

Subsection R303.3 Bathrooms  Bathrooms shall be provided with a mechanical ventilation system.  The minimum ventilation rates shall be 50 cfm for intermittent ventilation or 20 cfm for continuous ventilation.  Ventilation air from the space shall be exhausted directly to the outside.

Exception:  Toilet rooms containing only a water closet and/or lavatory may be provided with a recirculating fan.

155.28    SUBSECTION 406.3.4 AMENDED - - SEPARATION.  Subsection 406.3.4, Separation, of the IBC, is hereby amended by deleting subsection #1 and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 406.3.4 Separation #1   The private garage shall be separated from the dwelling unit and its attic area by means of minimum 5/8-inch type “X” fire code gypsum board or equivalent applied to the garage side.  Where the separation is a floor-ceiling assembly, the structure supporting the separation shall also be protected by not less than 5/8-inch type “X” fire code gypsum board or equivalent throughout.  Garages beneath habitable rooms shall be separated by not less than 5/8-inch type “X” fire code gypsum board or equivalent throughout.  Door openings between a private garage and the dwelling unit shall be equipped with either solid wood doors or solid or honeycomb core steel doors not less than 1 3/8” thick, or doors in compliance with 716.5.3.  Openings from a private garage directly into a room used for sleeping purposes shall not be permitted.  Doors shall be self-closing and self-latching.

155.29    SUBSECTION R310.1 AMENDED - - EMERGENCY ESCAPE AND RESCUE REQUIRED.  Subsection R310.1, Emergency escape and rescue required, of the IRC, is hereby amended by deleting the first paragraph of said section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection R310.1 Emergency escape and rescue required  Basements, habitable attics and every sleeping room shall have at least one openable emergency escape and rescue window or exterior door opening for emergency escape and rescue.  Where basements contain one or more sleeping rooms, emergency egress and rescue openings shall be required in each sleeping room, but shall not be required in adjoining areas of the basement.  Where a window is provided as a means of escape and rescue opening from a basement, it shall have a sill height of not more than 44 inches above the floor or landing.  Where a landing is provided, the landing shall be not less than 36 inches wide, not less than 18 inches out from the exterior wall, and not more than 24 inches in height.  The landing shall be permanently affixed to the floor below and the wall under the openable area of the window it serves.  Where a door opening having a threshold below the adjacent ground elevation serves as an emergency escape and rescue opening and is provided with a bulkhead enclosure, the bulkhead enclosure shall comply with Section 310.3.  Escape and rescue window openings with a finished sill height below the adjacent ground elevation shall be provided with a window well in accordance with Section R310.2.

155.30    SUBSECTIONS 1029.4 AND R310.1.4 AMENDED - - OPERATIONAL CONSTRAINTS.  Subsections 1029.4, Operational Constraints, of the IBC and R310.1.4, Operational constraints, of the IRC, are hereby amended by adding a new sentence and exception following these subsections:

Subsections 1029.4 and R310.1.4 Operational Constraints  The net clear opening dimensions required by this section shall be obtained by the normal operation of the emergency escape and rescue opening from the inside and shall not require the removal of a sash or other component of the emergency escape and rescue opening.

Exception:  Existing required emergency escape openings shall be maintained in accordance with the Granger Property Maintenance Code and may be replaced with the same size and type of window.

155.31    SUBSECTION R310.5 AMENDED - - EMERGENCY ESCAPE WINDOWS UNDER DECKS AND PORCHES.  Subsection R310.5, Emergency escape windows under decks and porches, of the IRC, is hereby amended by adding a new sentence following this section:

Subsection R310.5 Emergency escape windows under decks and porches  Cantilever areas of all construction elements shall be regulated in accordance with this section.

155.32    SUBSECTION R311.7.5.1 AMENDED - - RISERS.  Subsection R311.7.5.1, Riser height, of the IRC, is hereby amended by adding the following exceptions:

Subsection R311.7.5.1 Riser height exception 2 The maximum riser height shall be 7 3/4 inches.  The riser height shall be measured vertically between leading edges of the adjacent treads.  The greatest riser height within any flight of stairs shall not exceed the smallest by more than 3/8 inch, except at the top or bottom riser of any interior stair where this dimension may deviate by a maximum of 1 inch.  In no case shall the risers exceed the maximum height of 7 3/4 inches.

Subsection R311.7.5.1 Profile exception 3  The opening between adjacent treads is not limited on exterior stairs serving individual dwelling units.

155.33    SUBSECTION R311.7.8.2 ADDITION - - CONTINUITY.  Subsection R311.7.8.2, Continuity, of the IRC, is hereby amended by adding the following exception:

Subsection R311.7. 8.2 Continuity exception 3  Handrails within a dwelling unit or serving an individual dwelling unit shall be permitted to be interrupted at one location in a straight stair when the rail terminates into a wall or ledge and is offset and immediately continues.

155.34    SUBSECTION R313.1 AMENDED - - TOWNHOUSE AUTOMATIC FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS. Subsection R313.1 Townhouse automatic fire sprinkler system, of the IRC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting the following in lieu thereof (exception remains unchanged):

Subsection R313.1 Townhouse automatic fire sprinkler systems  An automatic residential fire sprinkler system shall be installed in townhouses containing more than 12 (twelve) dwelling units.

155.35    SUBSECTION R313.2 AMENDED - - ONE- AND TWO-FAMILY DWELLINGS AUTOMATIC FIRE SYSTEMS.  Subsection R313.2 One- and two-family automatic fire sprinkler systems, of the IRC, is hereby amended by adding the following exception:

Subsection R313.2  One- and two-family automatic fire sprinkler systems exception 2  Dwelling units in which the gross square footage of the dwelling space(s), including all floor levels whether finished or unfinished and all basement areas whether finished or unfinished (exclusive of attached garage area), does not exceed 8,000 square feet.

155.36    SUBSECTION R403.1.4.1 - - AMENDED - - FROST PROTECTION.  Subsection R403.1.4.1, of the IRC, is hereby amended by deleting all existing exceptions and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection R403.1.4.1  Frost protection exception 1 Detached garages of light frame wood construction of 1,010 square feet or less in size and detached garages of 400 square feet or less in size of other than light frame wood construction and more than 10 feet from a dwelling or attached garage may be provided with a floating slab which shall include a thickened slab edge of a minimum 8 inches thick and tapered or squared from a width of 6 inches to 12 inches and have floors of Portland cement concrete not less than 4 inches thick.  Garages areas shall have all sod and/or debris removed prior to installation of said floor.

155.37    SUBSECTION R404.1 AMENDED - - CONCRETE AND MASONRY FOUNDATION WALLS.  Subsection R404.1, Concrete and masonry foundation walls, of the IRC, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:

Subsection R404.1 Concrete and masonry foundation walls lateral support  Prior to backfill and prior to a poured in place floor slab to provide bottom lateral support the following may be provided (1) a full depth (minimum 1-1/2”) nominal 2” x 4” keyway may be formed into the footings to secure the bottom of the foundation wall -or- (2) 36” long vertical # 4 rebar may be embedded a minimum of 6” into the footings not to exceed 7’ o.c. spacing.

155.38    SUBSECTIONS 1807.1.5.1 AND R404.1.2.2.3 ADDITION - - FOUNDATION WALLS FOR CONVENTIONAL LIGHT FRAME WOOD CONSTRUCTION.  Subsections 1807.1.5.1, Foundation Walls For Conventional Light Frame Wood Construction, of the IBC and R404.1.2.2.3, Foundation Walls For Conventional Light Frame Wood Construction, of the IRC, are hereby established by adding the following subsections and table:

Subsections 1807.1.5.1 and R404.1.2.2.3 Foundation Walls For Conventional Light Frame Wood Construction  As an alternate to the requirements of respective codes the following Table ‘Foundation Walls for Conventional Light Frame Construction’ may be used:

Table - ‘Foundation Walls for Conventional Light Frame Construction’

Height of Foundation Wall (Net measured from top of basement slab to top of foundation wall)*Thickness of Foundation WallsReinforcement type and placement within Foundation Wall**Reinforcement type and placement within Foundation Wall**Type of Mortar
Unit

Gross

Net

Concrete

Masonry

Concrete

Masonry

Masonry

8

7’ 8”

7 ½”

8”

½” horizontal bars, placement in the middle, and near the top & bottom – ½” bars @ 6’ max. vertically

0.075 square inch bar 8’ o.c. vertically in fully grouted cells. If block is 12” nominal thickness, may be unreinforced.Type M or S. Grout & Mortar shall meet provisions of Chapter 21 IBC

9

8’ 8”

8”

See Chapter 18 IBC

½” bars 2’ o.c. horizontally & 20” vertically o.c.

(5/8” bars 2’ o.c. horizontally & 30” vertically o.c.)

See Chapter 18 IBCSame as above

10

9’ 8”

8”

See Chapter 18 IBC

See Chapter 18 IBCSame as above

155.39    SECTION R405 ADDITION - - FOUNDATION DRAINAGE.  Section R405, Foundation Drainage, of the IRC, is hereby amended by adding a new subsection as follows:

Subsection R405.3 Sump Pumps  Footing drains and drainage systems shall be discharged to a sump pump plumbed to a discharge system separated from the sanitary sewer and in accordance with the standard specifications adopted by the City Council.  Exceptions may be granted by the Code Official in accordance with said engineering standards.

155.40    SUBSECTION R506.2.4 ADDITION - - REINFORCEMENT SUPPORT.  Subsection R506.2.4, of the IRC, Reinforcement support is hereby amended by addition of the following exception:

Subsection R506.2.4 Reinforcement support exception 1  Non-structural slabs

155.41    SUBSECTION 907.2.11 AMENDED - - SINGLE AND MULTIPLE-STATION SMOKE ALARMS.  Subsection 907.2.11, of the IBC, Single and Multiple-station smoke alarms is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 907.2.11 Single and Multiple-station smoke alarms  Listed single- and multiple-station smoke alarms complying with UL 217 shall be installed in accordance with provisions of this code and the household fire warning equipment provision of NFPA 72. Smoke alarms shall be addressable with sounder bases and tied into the building fire alarm system as a supervisory signal only. Mini horns are not required if notification from a building fire alarm system is through the smoke alarms with sounder bases.

155.42    SUBSECTION M1403.2 AMENDED - - FOUNDATIONS AND SUPPORTS.  Subsection M1403.2 Foundations and supports, of the IRC, is hereby amended by deleting said section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection M1403.2 Foundation and supports  Foundations and supports for outdoor mechanical systems shall be raised at least one and one half inches above the finished grade and shall also conform to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

155.43    SUBSECTION P2603.5 AMENDED - - FREEZING.  Subsection P2603.5 Freezing, of the IRC, is hereby amended by deleting the last sentence of said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection P2603.5 Freezing  Exterior water supply system piping shall be installed not less than sixty (60) inches below grade.

155.44    SUBSECTION P2603.5.1 AMENDED - - SEWER DEPTH.  Subsection P2603.5.1 Sewer Depth, of the IRC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection P2603.5.1 Sewer Depth  Building sewers shall be a minimum of forty-eight (48) inches below grade.

155.45    SUBSECTION 1007.2 ADDITION - - CONTINUITY AND COMPONENTS.  Subsection 1007.2, Continuity and Components, Of the IBC, is hereby amended by adding the following #11 to said subsection.

Subsection 1007.2 Continuity and Components #11  Components of exterior walking surfaces shall be hard surfaced.

155.46    SECTION 1008 ADDITION - - DOORS, GATES AND TURNSTILES.  Section 1008, Doors, Gates and Turnstiles, of the IBC, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:

Subsection 1008.1.6.1 Frost Protection  Exterior landings at doors shall be provided with frost protection.

155.47    SUBSECTION 1012.4 ADDITION - - (HANDRAIL) CONTINUITY.  Subsection 1012.4, Continuity, of the IBC, is hereby amended by adding the following exception:

Subsection 1012.4 Continuity exception 5   Handrails within a dwelling unit or serving an individual dwelling unit of groups R-2 and R-3 shall be permitted to be interrupted at one location in a straight stair when the rail terminates into a wall or ledge and is offset and immediately continues.

155.48    SUBSECTION 1027.5 ADDITION - - ACCESS TO A PUBLIC WAY.  Subsection 1027.5, Access to a Public Way, of the IBC, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:

Subsection 1027.5.1 Access to a Public Way Components of exterior walking surfaces shall be hard surfaced.

155.49    SUBSECTION 1029.3 AMENDED - - (EMERGENCY ESCAPE AND RESCUE) MAXIMUM HEIGHT FROM FLOOR.  Subsection 1029.3, Maximum Height From Floor, of the IBC, is hereby amended by adding the following exception:

Subsection 1029.3 Maximum Height From Floor exception 1  Within individual units of Group R-2 and R-3 occupancies where a window is provided as a means of escape and rescue opening from a basement it shall have a sill height of not more than 44 inches above the floor or landing.  Where a landing is provided the landing shall be not less than 36 inches wide, not less than 18 inches out from the exterior wall, and not more than 24 inches in height.  The landing shall be permanently affixed to the floor below and the wall under the openable area of the window it serves.

155.50    SUBSECTION 1029.5 - - WINDOW WELLS.  Subsections 1029.5, Window Wells, of the IBC,  is hereby amended by adding the following subsection.

Subsections 1029.5.3  Window well drainage  All window wells shall be provided with approved drainage.

155.51    CHAPTER 13 ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CHAPTER 11 [RE] AMENDED - - ENERGY EFFICIENCY.  Chapter 13, Energy Efficiency, of the IBC and Chapter 13 [RE], Energy Efficiency, of the IRC, are hereby amended by deleting said chapters and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Chapter 13 Energy Efficiency (IBC) and Chapter 11 (IRC).  The provisions of the International Energy Code as currently adopted and amended by the Iowa State Building Code Bureau shall apply to all matters governing the design and construction of buildings for energy efficiency.  Administration shall be as prescribed in “this code’ and these regulations shall be known as the Granger Energy Code.

155.52    TABLE 1405.2 ADDITION - - MINIMUM THICKNESS OF WEATHER COVERINGS.  Table 1405.2, Minimum Thickness of Weather Coverings, of the IBC, is hereby amended by adding the following footnote:

Table 1405.2  Minimum Thickness of Weather Coverings footnote f  Vinyl siding shall be provided with a weather-resistant sheathing paper.

155.53    SUBSECTION 1405.14 ADDITION - - VINYL SIDING.  Subsection 1405.14, Vinyl Siding, of the IBC, is hereby amended by adding a new subsection as follows:

Subsection 1405.14.2 Water-Resistive Barrier Required  An approved water-resistive barrier shall be provided under all vinyl siding.

155.54    SUBSECTION 1608.2 AMENDED - - GROUND SNOW LOADS.  Subsection 1608.2, Ground Snow Loads, of the IBC, is hereby amended by deleting said section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 1608.2  Ground Snow Load  The ground snow load to be used in determining the design snow load for roofs is hereby established at 30 pounds per square foot.  Subsequent increases or decreases shall be allowed as otherwise provided in the building code, except that the minimum allowable flat roof snow load may be reduced to not less than 80 percent of the ground snow load.

155.55    SECTION 1612 AMENDED - - FLOOD LOADS.  Section 1612, Flood Loads, of the IBC, is hereby amended by deleting said section and inserting in lieu thereof the following section:

Section 1612.1  General Floodplain Construction Standards  The following standards are established for construction occurring within the one-hundred-year flood elevation:

  1. All structures shall:
  2. Be adequately anchored to prevent flotation, collapse or lateral movement of the structure;
  3. Be constructed with materials and utility equipment resistant to flood damage; and
  4. Be constructed by methods and practices that minimize flood damage.
  5. Residential buildings: All new or substantially improved residential structures shall have the lowest floor, including basement, elevated a minimum of one foot above the one-hundred-year flood level. Construction shall be upon compacted fill which shall, at all points, be no lower than one foot above the one-hundred-year flood level and extend at such elevation at least eighteen feet beyond the limits of any structure erected thereon. Alternate methods of elevating (such as piers) may be allowed, subject to favorable consideration by the Code Official where existing topography, street grades, or other factors preclude elevating by fill. In such cases, the methods used must be adequate to support the structure as well as withstand the various forces and hazards associated with flooding.
  6. Nonresidential buildings: All new or substantially improved nonresidential buildings shall have the first floor (including basement) elevated a minimum of one foot above the one-hundred-year flood level, or together with attendant utility and sanitary systems, be floodproofed to such a level.
  7. When floodproofing is utilized, a professional engineer registered in the State of Iowa shall certify that the floodproofing methods used are adequate to withstand the flood depths, pressures, velocities, impact and uplift forces and other factors associated with the one-hundred-year flood; that the structure, below the one-hundred-year flood level, is watertight with walls substantially impermeable to the passage of water. A record of the certification indicating the specific elevation (in relation to mean sea level) to which any structures are floodproofed shall be maintained by the Code Official.
  8. Mobile homes shall be anchored to resist flotation, collapse, or lateral movement by providing over-the-top and frame ties to ground anchors. Specific requirements are that:
  9. Over-the-top ties be provided at each of the four corners of the mobile home with two additional ties per side at intermediate locations for mobile homes 50 feet or more in length or one such tie for mobile homes less than 50 feet in length;
  10. Frame ties be provided at each corner of the home with five additional ties per side at intermediate points for mobile homes 50 feet in length;
  11. All components of the anchoring system be capable of carrying a force of four thousand eight hundred pounds; and
  12. Any additions to the mobile home be similarly anchored.
  13. Mobile homes shall be placed on lots or pads elevated by means of compacted fill so that the lowest floor of the mobile home will be a minimum of one foot above the one-hundred-year flood level. In addition, the tie-down specification of Section 175.04.350 subsection E must be met and adequate surface drainage and access for a hauler must be provided.
  14. New mobile homes, expansions to existing mobile homes and mobile home lots where the repair, reconstruction or improvement of the streets, utilities, and pads equals or exceeds fifty percent before the repair, reconstruction or improvement has commenced shall provide:
  15. Lots or pads that have been elevated by means of compacted fill so that the lowest floor of mobile homes will be a minimum of one-foot above the one-hundred-year flood level;
  16. Ground anchors for mobile homes.
  17. Storage of materials and equipment that are flammable, explosive or injurious to human, animal or plant life is prohibited unless elevated a minimum of one foot above the one-hundred-year flood level. Other material and equipment must either be similarly elevated or:
  18. Not be subject to major flood damage and be anchored to prevent movement due to flood waters; or
  19. Be readily removable from the area within the time available after flood warning. 

Section 1612.2  Special floodway standards.

The following standards are established for construction occurring within a designated floodway.

  1. Structures, buildings and sanitary and utility systems, if permitted, shall meet the applicable general floodplain standards and shall be constructed or aligned to present the minimum possible resistance to flood flows.
  2. Buildings, if permitted, shall have a low flood damage potential and shall not be for human habitation.

155.56    SUBSECTION 1809.5 ADDITION - - FROST PROTECTION.  Subsection 1809.5, Frost Protection, of the IBC, is hereby amended by adding the following exception 4:

Exception 4 Detached garages, accessory to Group R-2 and R-3 occupancies, 1010 square feet or less in size of light frame wood construction and detached garages of 400 square feet or less in size of other than light frame wood construction and more than 10 feet from a dwelling or attached garage may be provided with a floating slab which shall include a thickened slab edge of a minimum 8 inches thick and tapered or squared from a width of 6 inches to 12 inches and have floors of Portland cement concrete not less than 4 inches thick.  Garage areas shall have all sod and/or debris removed prior to installation of said floor.

155.57    APPENDIX G ADOPTED - - SWIMMING POOLS, SPAS AND HOT TUBS.  Appendix G, Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs, of the IRC, is hereby adopted by reference and shall be in full force and effect in this chapter.

155.58    SUBSECTION 3109.2 AND AG102 DEFINITION AMENDED - - SWIMMING POOL.  Subsection 3109.2, Definition, of the IBC and AG102, Definitions, of the IRC, is hereby amended by deleting said definition and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Swimming Pool.  Any structure intended for swimming, recreational bathing or wading that is capable of containing water over 24 inches deep.  This includes in-ground, above-ground and on-ground pools; hot tubs; spas and fixed-in-place wading pools, but excludes manmade lakes or ponds created through the collection of storm water or drainage runoff.

155.59    SECTION 3401.3 AMENDED - - COMPLIANCE.  Section 3401.3, Compliance, of the IBC, is hereby amended by deleting said section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Section 3401.3  Compliance.  Alterations, repairs, additions and changes of occupancy to existing structures shall comply with the provisions for alterations, repairs, additions and changes of occupancy in the Granger Fire Code, Granger Plumbing Code, Granger Fuel Gas Code, Granger Property Maintenance Code, Granger Mechanical Code, Granger Electrical Code, Granger Energy Code, Granger Residential Code and the Granger Center Zoning Code.  The provisions of this code shall not be deemed to nullify or lessen any provisions of local, state or federal law.

155.60    BUILDING PERMITS IN NEW SUBDIVISIONS.   An applicant for a building permit in a subdivision that has been platted after January 1, 2002, shall certify on the application for a building permit whether sewer, water, electricity and natural gas utility services are available at the property line of the lot for which the building permit is sought.  If the utility services are not available, a building permit will not be issued by the Building Official until such time as the applicant files a new application certifying that the utility services are available at the property line.  In the event, however, both the property owner and builder waive in writing the requirement that sewer, water, electricity and natural gas utility services be available at the property line, the Building Official shall proceed to issue the building permit, if all other requirements are met. (Ch. 155 – Ord. 311 – Dec. 14 Supp.)

CHAPTER 155A

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE

Section NumberTitleIPMC Section
155A.01Short Title
155A.02Adoption of Property Maintenance Code
155A.03Amendments, Modification, Additions and Deletions
155A.04Deletions
155A.05Conflicts
155A.06Title101.1
155A.07Application of Other Codes102.3
155A.08General (Building & Zoning Administrator)103.1
155A.09Fees103.5

155A.01    SHORT TITLE.   This chapter shall be known as the Granger Property Maintenance Code, and may be cited as such, and may be referred to herein as this chapter.

155A.02    ADOPTION OF PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE.  The International Property Maintenance Code 2012 Edition; published by the International Code Council, Inc., is adopted in full except for such portions as may be hereinafter deleted, modified or amended. A copy of the International Property Maintenance Code 2012 Edition, as adopted and a copy of this chapter are on file in the office of the City Clerk.

155A.03    AMENDMENTS, MODIFICATIONS, ADDITIONS AND DELETIONS.  The International Property Maintenance Code, 2012 Edition (hereinafter known as the IPMC), is amended as hereinafter set out in Sections 155A.04 through 155A.18.

155A.04    DELETIONS.  The following are deleted from the IPMC and are of no force or effect in this chapter:

Section - 111 Means Of Appeal

155A.05    CONFLICTS.  In the event requirements of this code conflict with applicable State and Federal requirements, the more stringent shall apply.

155A.06    SECTION 101.1 AMENDED - - TITLE.  Subsection 101.1, Title, of the IPMC is hereby deleted and there is enacted in lieu thereof the following subsection:

Subsection 101.1 Title.  These regulations shall be known as the Property Maintenance Code of the City of Granger, hereinafter known as “this code.”

155A.07    SUBSECTION 102.3 AMENDED - - APPLICATION OF OTHER CODES.  Subsection 102.3 Application of other codes, of the IPMC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 102.3 Application of other codes  Repairs, additions or alterations to a structure, or changes of occupancy, shall be done in accordance with the procedures and provisions, as applicable, of the Granger Building Code, Granger Residential Code, Granger Mechanical Code, Granger Fuel Gas Code, Granger Plumbing Code, Granger Fire Code, the Granger Electrical Code and the Granger Zoning Code.

155A.08    SUBSECTION 103.1 ADDITION - - GENERAL.  Subsections 103.1, General, of the IPMC, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph to said subsection:

Subsection 103.1 Building and Zoning Administrator  The term Code Official is intended to also mean the Building Official and Zoning Administrator and his or her representatives or designees, who are herewith delegated the same powers, authorities, duties and responsibilities as designated for the Code Official.

155A.09    SUBSECTION 103.5 AMENDED - - FEES.  Subsection 103.5, Fees, of the IPMC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 103.5  Schedule of permit fees  Permits shall not be issued until the fees, as set forth and established by resolution of the City Council, have been paid to the City of Granger.  An amended permit or a supplemental permit for additional construction shall not be issued until the permit fee(s) for the additional work has been paid.

The permit fees shall be based upon the valuation of the proposed construction and shall be computed from tables set by resolution of the City Council. (Ch. 155A – Ord. 313 – Dec. 14 Supp.)

 

CHAPTER 155B

PLUMBING CODE

Section NumberTitleIPC Section
155B.01Short Title
155B.02Adoption of Plumbing Code
155B.03Amendments, modification, additions and deletions
155B.04Deletions
155B.05Conflicts
155B.06Title101.1
155B.07General (Building & Zoning Administrator)103.1
155B.08State Plumbing Code105.2.1
155B.09Permit Acquisition106.1.1
155B.10Expiration106.5.3
155B.11Retention of Construction Documents106.5.6
155B.12Fee Schedule106.6.2
155B.13Fee Refunds106.6.3
155B.14Violation Penalties108.4
155B.15Stop Work Order108.5
155B.16Freezing305.4
155B.17Sewer Depth305.4.1
155B.18Substitution410.3
155B.19Material, joints and connections (underground copper)605.1.1
155B.20Building Sewer (minimum size)703.6
155B.21Backwater Valves (exception)715.1
155B.22Basement Floor Drain Venting (exception)901.2.1
155B.23Roof Extension (vent)903.1
155B.24Grease Interceptors1003.3

155B.01    SHORT TITLE.  This chapter shall be known as the Granger Plumbing Code, and may be cited as such, and may be referred to herein as this chapter.

155B.02    ADOPTION OF PLUMBING CODE.  The International Plumbing Code 2012 Edition; published by the International Code Council, Inc., is adopted in full except for such portions as may be hereinafter deleted, modified or amended. A copy of the International Plumbing Code 2012 Edition, as adopted, and a copy of this chapter are on file in the office of the City Clerk.

155B.03    AMENDMENTS, MODIFICATIONS, ADDITIONS AND DELETIONS.  The International Plumbing Code, 2012 Edition (hereinafter known as the IPC), is amended as hereinafter set out in Sections 178.04 through 178.24.

155B.04    DELETIONS.  The following are deleted from the IPC and are of no force or effect in this chapter:

Subsection 106.5.4 Extensions, Section 109 Means of Appeal.

155B.05    REFERENCED CODES - - CONFLICTS.  In the event requirements of this code conflict with applicable State and Federal requirements, the more stringent shall apply.

155B.06    SUBSECTION 101.1 AMENDED - - TITLE.  Subsection 101.1, Title, of the IPC is hereby deleted and there is enacted in lieu thereof the following subsection:

Subsection 101.1 Title.  These regulations shall be known as the Plumbing Code of the City of Granger, hereinafter known as “this code.”

155B.07    SUBSECTION 103.1 ADDITION - - GENERAL.  Subsections 103.1, General, of the IPC, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph to said subsection:

Subsection 103.1 Building and Zoning Administrator.  The term Code Official is intended to also mean the Building Official and Zoning Administrator and his or her representatives or designees, who are herewith delegated the same powers, authorities, duties and responsibilities as designated for the Code Official.

155B.08    SUBSECTION 105.2 ADDITION - - ALTERNATE MATERIALS, METHODS AND EQUIPMENT.  Subsection 105.2, Alternate materials, methods and equipment, of the IPC, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection 105.2.1 and exception:

Subsection 105.2.1 - Uniform Plumbing Code, As Currently Adopted Edition.  The Uniform Plumbing Code, as prepared and edited by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, as currently adopted and amended by the Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board, Iowa Department of Public Health, is hereby approved as an alternate equivalent method for complete plumbing systems.

Subsection 105.2.1, Administration exception 1.  Administrative regulations shall be as prescribed in the International Plumbing Code, 2012 Edition, as amended in this ordinance.

155B.09    SUBSECTION 106.1.1 ADDITION - - PERMIT ACQUISITION.  Subsection 106.1.1 Permit acquisition, of the IPC, is hereby established by adding the following:

Subsection 106.1.1 Permit acquisition.

  1. Permits are not transferable. Plumbing work performed under the provisions of this chapter must be done by a contractor meeting the licensing provisions as set forth by the State of Iowa Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 105. A plumber licensed by the State of Iowa Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board as a “Master” may sign and obtain a permit for the contractor for which they are employed only when said “Master” has provided proof of employment by said licensed contractor. Any permit required by the provisions of this code may be revoked by the Code Official upon the violation of any provision of this code.
  2. A State of Iowa licensed Plumbing contractor shall be allowed only to secure permits for himself or herself, or for a single firm or corporation. When a State of Iowa licensed Plumbing contractor has secured such a permit, only the employees of such contractor when meeting the provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 105 shall perform the work for which the permit was obtained.
  3. For purposes of this section, an “employee” shall be one employed by the contractor, firm or corporation for a wage or salary.A contractor may be required by the Code Official to show positive evidence as to the employee status of workers on the job.  Such evidence shall be in the form of payroll and time records, canceled checks, or other such documents.
  4. The contractor may also be required to show the agreement or contract pertaining to the work being questioned as evidence that said contractor is, in fact, the actual contractor for such work.Failure or refusal by the contractor to make available such employee or contractual records within 24 hours from demand therefore shall be grounds for immediate revocation of any permit for the work in question.
  5. Homeowners (owner/occupants) qualifying for the homestead tax exemption may acquire permits for their principal residence (not an apartment) and appurtenant accessory structures for plumbing work, not to include connection within the public right-of-way to the public main of sewer, water and storm lines.

155B.10    SUBSECTION 106.5.3 AMENDED - - EXPIRATION.  Subsection 106.5.3 Expiration, of the IPC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 106.5.3  12 Month Expiration.  Every permit issued under the provisions of this Code shall expire twelve (12) months from the date of issue, unless the application is accompanied by a construction schedule of specific longer duration, in which instance the permit may be issued for the term of the construction schedule, with approval of the Code Official.  If the work has not been completed by the expiration date of the permit, no further work shall be done until the permit shall have been renewed by the owner or his or her agent and by payment of the renewal fee as established by Resolution of the City Council, and provided no changes have been made in plans or location.  Upon approval, permits may be extended for no more than two periods not exceeding 180 days each.

155B.11    SUBSECTION 106.5.6 AMENDED - - RETENTION OF CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS.  Section 106.5.6, Retention of construction documents, of the IPC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 106.5.6 Retention of construction documents.  One set of construction documents shall be retained by the Code Official until final approval of the work covered therein.

155B.12    SUBSECTION 106.6.2 AMENDED - - FEE SCHEDULE.  Subsection 106.6.2 Fee schedule, of the IPC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 106.6.2 Fee schedule.  Permits shall not be issued until the fees, as set forth and established by resolution of the City Council, have been paid to the City of Granger.  An amended permit or a supplemental permit for additional construction shall not be issued until the permit fee(s) for the additional work has been paid.

155B.13    SUBSECTION 106.6.3 AMENDED- - FEE REFUNDS.  Subsection 106.6.3, Fee refunds, of the IPC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 106.6.3 Fee refunds.  The Code Official is authorized to establish a refund policy.

155B.14    SUBSECTION 108.4 AMENDED - - VIOLATION PENALTIES.  Subsection 108.4, Violation penalties, of the IPC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 108.4 Violation penalties.  Any person who violates a provision of this code or fails to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who erects, installs, alters or repairs plumbing work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the Code Official, or of a permit issued under the provisions of this code, shall be subject to penalties as prescribed by law.

155B.15    SUBSECTION 108.5 AMENDED - - STOP WORK ORDER.  Subsection 108.5, Stop Work Orders, of the IPC, is hereby amended by deleting the last sentence of said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Any person who shall continue any work on the system after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be subject to penalties as prescribed by law.

155B.16    SUBSECTION 305.4 AMENDED - - FREEZING.  Subsection 305.4 Freezing, of the IPC, is hereby amended by deleting the last sentence of said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 305.4 Freezing.  Exterior water supply system piping shall be installed not less than sixty (60) inches below grade.

155B.17    SUBSECTION 305.4.1 AMENDED - - SEWER DEPTH.  Subsection 305.4.1 Sewer Depth, of the IPC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 305.4.1 Sewer Depth.  Building sewers shall be a minimum of forty-eight (48) inches below grade.

155B.18    SECTION 410.3 ADDITION - - SUBSTITUTION.  Subsection 410.3 Substitution, of the IPC, is hereby amended by adding the following exception:

Subsection 410.3 Minimum number of fixtures exception.  Water coolers or bottled water dispensers in accessible locations and within accessible reach ranges may be substituted for the initial drinking fountain in business occupancies with an occupant load of not more than 30 and mercantile occupancies with an occupant load of not more than 100. (re: IBC chapter 11, T1902.1 and IPC T 403.1 footnote e)

155B.19    SECTION 605 ADDITION - - MATERIALS, JOINTS AND CONNECTIONS.  Section 605 Materials, joints and connections, of the IPC, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:

Subsection 605.1.1 Underground Copper.  Copper tube for underground piping shall have a weight of not less than type K.

155B.20    SECTION 703 ADDITION - - BUILDING SEWER.  Section 703 Building Sewer, of the IPC, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:

Subsection 703.6 Minimum Building Sewer Size.  The minimum diameter for a building sewer shall be four (4) inches.

155B.21    SUBSECTION 715.1 ADDITION - - BACKWATER VALVES.  Subsection 715.1 Sewage Backflow, of the IPC, is hereby amended by adding the following:

Subsection 715.1 Sewage backflow exception 1.  The requirements of this section shall apply when determined necessary by the Code Official based on local conditions.

155B.22    SUBSECTION 901.2.1 ADDITION - - VENTING REQUIRED.  Subsection 901.2.1 Venting Required, of the IPC, is hereby amended by adding the following exception:

Subsection 901.2.1 Venting Required exception.  A vent is not required on a three inch basement floor drain provided its drain branches into the building drain on the sewer side at a distance of five feet or more from the base of the stack and the branch line to such floor drain is not more than twelve feet in length.

155B.23    SUBSECTION 903.1 AMENDED - - ROOF EXTENSION.  Subsection 903.1 Roof Extension, of the IPC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 903.1  Roof Extension.  All open vent terminals which extend through a roof shall be terminated not less than 6 inches above the roof nor less than 1 foot from any vertical surface.  Where a roof is used for any purpose other than weather protection, the vent extension(s) shall terminate not less than 7 feet above the roof.

155B.24    SUBSECTION 1003.3 AMENDED - - GREASE INTERCEPTORS.  Subsection 1003.3 Grease Interceptors, of the IPC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 1003.3 Grease Interceptors.  Grease Interceptors shall comply with the requirements of Section 96.06 of the Code of Ordinances. (Ch. 155B – Ord. 314 – Dec. 14 Supp.)

Chapter 155C

Mechanical Code

Section NumberTitleIMC Section
155C.01Short Title
155C.02Adoption of Mechanical Code
155C.03Amendments, Modification, Additions and Deletions
155C.04Deletions
155C.05Conflicts
155C.06Title101.1
155C.07General (Building & Zoning Administrator)103.1
155C.08Permit Acquisition106.1.1
155C.09Permits Not Required106.2
155C.10Expiration106.4.3
155C.11Schedule of Permit Fees106.5.2
155C.12Fee Refunds106.5.3
155C.13Violation Penalties108.4
155C.14Stop Work orders108.5
155C.15Refrigerant Piping1107.2

155C.01    SHORT TITLE.  This chapter shall be known as the Granger Mechanical Code, and may be cited as such, and may be referred to herein as this chapter.

155C.02    ADOPTION OF MECHANICAL CODE.  The International Mechanical Code 2012 Edition; published by the International Code Council, Inc., is adopted in full except for such portions as may be hereinafter deleted, modified or amended. A copy of the International Mechanical Code 2012 Edition, as adopted and a copy of this chapter are on file in the office of the City Clerk.

155C.03    AMENDMENTS, MODIFICATIONS, ADDITIONS AND DELETIONS.  The International Mechanical Code, 2012 Edition (hereinafter known as the IMC), is amended as hereinafter set out in Sections 176.04 through 176.15.

155C.04    DELETIONS.  The following are deleted from the IMC and are of no force or effect in this chapter:

Subsection 106.4.4 Extensions, Section 109 Means of Appeal.

155C.05    CONFLICTS.  In the event requirements of this code conflict with applicable State and Federal requirements, the more stringent shall apply.

155C.06    SUBSECTION 101.1 AMENDED - - TITLE.  Subsection 101.1, Title, of the IMC, is hereby deleted and there is enacted in lieu thereof the following subsection:

Subsection 101.1 Title.  These regulations shall be known as the Granger Mechanical Code, hereinafter known as “this code.”

155C.07    SUBSECTION 103.1 ADDITION - - GENERAL.  Subsections 103.1, General, of the IMC, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph to said subsection:

Subsection 103.1 Building and Zoning Administrator.  The term Code Official is intended to also mean the Building Official and Zoning Administrator and his or her representatives or designees, who are herewith delegated the same powers, authorities, duties and responsibilities as designated for the Code Official.

155C.08    SUBSECTION 106.1.1 ADDITION - - PERMIT ACQUISITION.  Subsection 106.1.1 Permit acquisition, of the IMC, is hereby established by adding the following:

Subsection 106.1.1 Permit acquisition.

  1. Permits are not transferable. Mechanical work performed under the provisions of this chapter must be done by a contractor meeting the licensing provisions as set forth by the State of Iowa Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 105. A responsible person or mechanical professional licensed by the State of Iowa Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board as a “Master” may sign and obtain a permit for the contractor for which they are employed only when said responsible person or “Master” has provided proof of employment or written confirmation by said licensed contractor. Any permit required by the provisions of this code may be revoked by the Code Official upon the violation of any provision of this code.
  2. A State of Iowa licensed Mechanical contractor shall be allowed only to secure permits for himself or herself, or for a single firm or corporation. When a State of Iowa licensed Mechanical contractor has secured such a permit, only the employees of such contractor when meeting the provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 105 shall perform the work for which the permit was obtained.
  3. For purposes of this section, an “employee” shall be one employed by the contractor, firm or corporation for a wage or salary.A contractor may be required by the Code Official to show positive evidence as to the employee status of workers on the job.  Such evidence shall be in the form of payroll and time records, canceled checks, or other such documents.
  4. The contractor may also be required to show the agreement or contract pertaining to the work being questioned as evidence that said contractor is, in fact, the actual contractor for such work.Failure or refusal by the contractor to make available such employee or contractual records within 24 hours from demand therefor shall be grounds for immediate revocation of any permit for the work in question.

155C.09    SUBSECTION 106.2 ADDITION - - PERMITS NOT REQUIRED.  Subsection 106.2, Permits not required, of the IMC, is hereby amended by adding the following #9 to said subsection:

Subsection 106.2 Permits not required  9.  Replacement or relocation of existing house ventilation fans, bathroom exhaust, dryer vents, window air conditioners and extension of existing supply and return ductwork.

155C.10    SUBSECTION 106.4.3 AMENDED - - EXPIRATION.  Subsection 106.4.3 Expiration, of the IMC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 106.4.3  12 Month Expiration.  Every permit issued under the provisions of this Code shall expire twelve (12) months from the date of issue, unless the application is accompanied by a construction schedule of specific longer duration, in which instance the permit may be issued for the term of the construction schedule, with approval of the Code Official.  If the work has not been completed by the expiration date of the permit, no further work shall be done until the permit shall have been renewed by the owner or his or her agent and by payment of the renewal fee as established by Resolution of the City Council, and provided no changes have been made in plans or location.  Upon approval, permits may be extended for no more than two periods not exceeding 180 days each.

155C.11    SUBSECTION 106.5.2 AMENDED - - SCHEDULE OF PERMIT FEES.  Subsection 106.5.2 Fee schedule, of the IMC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 106.5.2 Fee schedule.  Permits shall not be issued until the fees, as set forth and established by resolution of the City Council, have been paid to the City of Granger.  An amended permit or a supplemental permit for additional construction shall not be issued until the permit fee(s) for the additional work has been paid.

155C.12    SUBSECTION 106.5.3 AMENDED- - FEE REFUNDS.  Subsection 106.5.3, Fee refunds, of the IMC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 106.5.3 Fee refunds.  The Code Official is authorized to establish a refund policy.

155C.13    SUBSECTION 108.4 AMENDED - - VIOLATION PENALTIES.  Subsection 108.4, Violation penalties, of the IMC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 108.4 Violation penalties.  Any person who violates a provision of this code or fails to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who erects, installs, alters or repairs mechanical work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the Code Official, or of a permit issued under the provisions of this code, shall be subject to penalties as prescribed by law.

155C.14    SUBSECTION 108.5 AMENDED - - STOP WORK ORDER.  Subsection 108.5, Stop Work Orders, of the IMC, is hereby amended by deleting the last sentence of said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Any person who shall continue any work on the system after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be subject to penalties as prescribed by law.

155C.15    SUBSECTION 1107.2 AMENDED - - REFRIGERANT PIPING.  Subsection 1107.2, Refrigerant piping, of the IMC, is hereby amended by deleting the last sentence thereto. (Ch. 155C – Ord. 315 – Dec. 14 Supp.)

CHAPTER 155D

FUEL GAS CODE

Section NumberTitleIFGC Section
155D.01Short Title
155D.02Adoption of Fuel Gas Code
155D.03Amendments, modification, additions and deletions
155D.04Deletions
155D.05Conflicts
155D.06Title101.1
155D.07General (Building & Zoning Administrator)103.1
155D.08Permit Acquisition106.1.1
155D.09Expiration106.5.3
155D.10Retention of Construction Documents106.5.6
155D.11Fee Schedule106.6.2
155D.12Fee Refunds106.6.3
155D.13Violation Penalties108.4
155D.14Stop Work Orders108.5
155D.15Metallic Piping Joints and Fittings (welded)403.10

155D.01    SHORT TITLE.  This chapter shall be known as the Granger Fuel Gas Code, and may be cited as such, and may be referred to herein as this chapter.

155D.02    ADOPTION OF FUEL GAS CODE.  The International Fuel Gas Code 2012 Edition; published by the International Code Council, Inc., is adopted in full except for such portions as may be hereinafter deleted, modified or amended. A copy of the International Fuel Gas Code 2012 Edition, as adopted and a copy of this chapter are on file in the office of the City Clerk.

155D.03    AMENDMENTS, MODIFICATIONS, ADDITIONS AND DELETIONS.  The International Fuel Gas Code, 2012 Edition (hereinafter known as the IFGC), is amended as hereinafter set out in Sections 181.04 through 181.15.

155D.04    DELETIONS.  The following are deleted from the IFGC and are of no force or effect in this chapter:

Section 106.5.4 Extensions, Section 109 Means of Appeal.

155D.05    REFERENCED CODES - - CONFLICTS.  In the event requirements of this code conflict with applicable State and Federal requirements, the more stringent shall apply.

155D.06    SUBSECTION 101.1 AMENDED - - TITLE.  Subsection 101.1, Title, of the IFGC, is hereby deleted and there is enacted in lieu thereof the following subsection:

Subsection 101.1 Title.  These regulations shall be known as the Fuel Gas Code of the City of Granger, hereinafter known as “this code.”

155D.07    SUBSECTION 103.1 ADDITION - - GENERAL.  Subsections 103.1, General, of the IFGC, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph to said subsection:

Subsection 103.1 Building and Zoning Administrator.  The term Code Official is intended to also mean the Building Official and Zoning Administrator and his or her representatives or designees, who are herewith delegated the same powers, authorities, duties and responsibilities as designated for the Code Official.

155D.08    SUBSECTION 106.1.1 ADDITION - - PERMIT ACQUISITION.  Subsection 106.1.1 Permit acquisition, of the IFGC, is hereby established by adding the following:

Subsection 106.1.1 Permit acquisition.

  1. Permits are not transferable. Fuel Gas work performed under the provisions of this chapter must be done by a contractor meeting the licensing provisions as set forth by the State of Iowa Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 105. A responsible person or mechanical professional licensed by the State of Iowa Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board as a “Master” may sign and obtain a permit for the contractor for which they are employed only when said responsible person or “Master” has provided proof of employment or written confirmation by said licensed contractor. Any permit required by the provisions of this code may be revoked by the Code Official upon the violation of any provision of this code.
  2. A State of Iowa licensed Mechanical contractor shall be allowed only to secure permits for himself or herself, or for a single firm or corporation. When a State of Iowa licensed Mechanical contractor has secured such a permit, only the employees of such contractor when meeting the provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 105 shall perform the work for which the permit was obtained.
  3. For purposes of this section, an “employee” shall be one employed by the contractor, firm or corporation for a wage or salary.A contractor may be required by the Code Official to show positive evidence as to the employee status of workers on the job.  Such evidence shall be in the form of payroll and time records, canceled checks, or other such documents.
  4. The contractor may also be required to show the agreement or contract pertaining to the work being questioned as evidence that said contractor is, in fact, the actual contractor for such work.Failure or refusal by the contractor to make available such employee or contractual records within 24 hours from demand therefore shall be grounds for immediate revocation of any permit for the work in question.

155D.09    SUBSECTION 106.5.3 AMENDED - - EXPIRATION.  Subsection 106.5.3 Expiration, of the IFGC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 106.5.3  12 Month Expiration.  Every permit issued under the provisions of this Code shall expire twelve (12) months from the date of issue, unless the application is accompanied by a construction schedule of specific longer duration, in which instance the permit may be issued for the term of the construction schedule, with approval of the Code Official.  If the work has not been completed by the expiration date of the permit, no further work shall be done until the permit shall have been renewed by the owner or his or her agent and by payment of the renewal fee as established by Resolution of the City Council, and provided no changes have been made in plans or location.  Upon approval, permits may be extended for no more than two periods not exceeding 180 days each.

155D.10    SUBSECTION 106.5.6 AMENDED - - RETENTION OF CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS.  Subsection 106.5.6, Retention of construction documents, of the IFGC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 106.5.6 Retention of Construction Documents.  One set of construction documents shall be retained by the Code Official until final approval of the work covered therein.

155D.11    SUBSECTION 106.6.2 AMENDED - - FEE SCHEDULE.  Subsection 106.6.2 Fee schedule, of the IFGC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 106.6.2 Fee schedule.  Permits shall not be issued until the fees, as set forth and established by resolution of the City Council, have been paid to the City of Granger.  An amended permit or a supplemental permit for additional construction shall not be issued until the permit fee(s) for the additional work has been paid.

155D.12    SUBSECTION 106.6.3 AMENDED- - FEE REFUNDS.  Subsection 106.6.3, Fee refunds, of the IFGC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 106.6.3 Fee refunds.  The Code Official is authorized to establish a refund policy.

155D.13    SUBSECTION 108.4 AMENDED - - VIOLATION PENALTIES.  Subsection 108.4, Violation penalties, of the IFGC, is hereby amended by deleting said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 108.4 Violation penalties.  Any person who violates a provision of this code or fails to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who erects, installs, alters or repairs Fuel Gas work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the Code Official, or of a permit issued under the provisions of this code, shall be subject to penalties as prescribed by law.

155D.14    SUBSECTION 108.5 AMENDED - - STOP WORK ORDER.  Subsection 108.5, Stop Work orders, of the IFGC, is hereby amended by deleting the last sentence of said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Subsection 108.5 Stop Work.  Order  Any person who shall continue any work on the system after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be subject to penalties as prescribed by law.

155D.15    SUBSECTION 403.10 ADDITION - - METALLIC PIPING JOINTS AND FITTINGS.  Subsection 403.10.1, Pipe joints, of the IFGC, is hereby amended by adding a new subsection as follows:

Subsection 403.10.1.1 Welded Pipe Joints.  All joints of wrought iron or steel gas piping larger than two-inch (2") standard iron pipe size and providing gas pressure of two (2) PSIG or greater shall be welded steel.  All welded joints shall comply with the State of Iowa requirements and work shall be performed by certified welders. (Ch. 155D – Ord. 316 – Dec. 14 Supp.)

CHAPTER 155E

ELECTRICAL CODE

Section NumberTitleNEC Section
155E.01Short Title 
155E.02Adoption of Electrical Code 
155E.03Amendments, modification, additions and deletions 
155E.04Conflicts 
155E.05Deletions 
155E.06Title 
155E.07Creation of Enforcement Agency 
155E.08Scope - - Permits required90.2 - - (A) (5)
155E.09Permit acquisition90.2.1
155E.10Permit Expiration 
155E.11Schedule of Permit Fees 
155E.12Fee Refunds 
155E.13Stop Work Order 
155E.14Ground Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection for Personnel210.8
155E.15Lighting Loads For Specified Occupancies220.12

155E.01    SHORT TITLE.  This chapter shall be known as the Granger Electrical Code, and may be cited as such, and may be referred to herein as this chapter.

155E.02    ADOPTION OF ELECTRICAL CODE.  The National Electric Code 2014 Edition; published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 70), is adopted in full except for such portions as may be hereinafter deleted, modified or amended. A copy of the National Electric Code 2014 Edition, as adopted and a copy of this chapter are on file in the office of the City Clerk.

155E.03    AMENDMENTS, MODIFICATION, ADDITIONS.  The National Electric Code, 2014 Edition(hereinafter known as the NEC), is amended as hereinafter set out in Sections 155E.04 through 155E.15.

155E.04    REFERENCED CODES - - CONFLICTS.  In the event requirements of this code conflict with applicable State and Federal requirements, the more stringent shall apply.

155E.05    DELETIONS.  The following are deleted from the NEC and are of no force or effect in this chapter:

Section 210.12B            Branch Circuit Extensions or Modifications - Dwelling Units

Section 406.4(d)(4)       Arc Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection

155E.06    ADDITION - - TITLE.  Title, of the NEC is hereby established by adding the following:

Title.  These regulations shall be known as the Granger Electrical Code hereinafter known as “this code.”

155E.07    ADDITION - - CREATION OF ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.  Creation of enforcement Agency, of the NEC, is hereby established by adding the following:

Building and Zoning Administrator.  The term Electrical Code Official is intended to also mean the Building Official and Zoning Administrator and his or her representatives or designees, who are herewith delegated the same powers, authorities, duties and responsibilities as designated for the Code Official.

155E.08    ARTICLE 90.2 AMENDED - - SCOPE (A) COVERED.  (PERMITS REQUIRED).  Permits required, of the NEC is hereby established by adding the following subcategory (A) (5) and exceptions:

Permits Required.  Permits shall be required for work contained within the scope of this article.

Exceptions:

  1. Replacement of lighting fixtures, receptacles, switches, overcurrent protection devices of the same volt and amperage.
  2. The repair or replacement of flexible cords of same volt and amperage.
  3. The process of manufacturing, testing, servicing, or repairing of electrical equipment or apparatus.
  4. No permit or inspections are required for electrical wiring of 50 volts or less

155E.09    ARTICLE 90.2.1 ADDITION - - PERMIT ACQUISITION.  Permit acquisition, of the NEC, is hereby established by adding the following article:

Article 90.2.1 Permit acquisition

  1. Permits are not transferable. Electrical work performed under the provisions of this chapter must be done by a contractor meeting the licensing provisions as set forth by the Iowa Electrical Examining Board in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 103. A responsible person or an electrician licensed by the State of Iowa Electrical Examining board as a “Master A or B” may sign and obtain a permit for the contractor for which they are employed only when said responsible person or “Master A or B” has provided proof of employment or written confirmation by said licensed contractor. Any permit required by the provisions of this code may be revoked by the Building Official upon the violation of any provision of this code.
  2. A State of Iowa licensed Electrical Contractor or Residential Contractor shall be allowed only to secure permits for himself or herself, or for a single firm or corporation. When a State of Iowa licensed Electrical contractor has secured such a permit, only the employees of such contractor when meeting the provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 103 shall perform the work for which the permit was obtained.
  3. For purposes of this section, an “employee” shall be one employed by the contractor, firm or corporation for a wage or salary.A contractor may be required by the Electrical Code Official to show positive evidence as to the employee status of workers on the job.  Such evidence shall be in the form of payroll and time records, canceled checks, or other such documents.
  4. The contractor may also be required to show the agreement or contract pertaining to the work being questioned as evidence that said contractor is, in fact, the actual contractor for such work.Failure or refusal by the contractor to make available such employee or contractual records within 24 hours from demand therefore shall be grounds for immediate revocation of any permit for the work in question.
  5. Homeowners (owner/occupants) qualifying for the homestead tax exemption may acquire permits for their principal residence (not an apartment or rental unit or rental building) and appurtenant accessory structures for electrical work, not to include dwelling service upgrade or replacement.

155E.10    ADDITION - - PERMIT EXPIRATION.  Permit Expiration, of the NEC is hereby established by adding the following:

12 Month Expiration.  Every permit issued under the provisions of this Code shall expire twelve (12) months from the date of issue, unless the application is accompanied by a construction schedule of specific longer duration, in which instance the permit may be issued for the term of the construction schedule, with approval of the building official.  If the work has not been completed by the expiration date of the permit, no further work shall be done until the permit shall have been renewed by the owner or his or her agent and by payment of the renewal fee as established by Resolution of the City Council, and provided no changes have been made in plans or location.  Upon approval, permits may be extended for no more than two periods not exceeding 180 days each.

155E.11    ADDITION - - SCHEDULE OF PERMIT FEES.  Schedule of permit fees, of the NEC is hereby established by adding the following:

Schedule of permit fees.  Permits shall not be issued until the fees, as set forth and established by resolution of the City Council, have been paid to the City of Granger.  An amended permit or a supplemental permit for additional construction shall not be issued until the permit fee(s) for the additional work has been paid.

155E.12    ADDITION - - FEE REFUNDS.  Fee refunds, of the NEC is hereby established by adding the following:

Fee refunds.  The Electrical Code Official is authorized to establish a refund policy in accordance with City policy.

155E.13    ADDITION - - STOP WORK ORDER.  Stop work order of the NEC is hereby established by adding the following sections:

Stop Work Order.

Authority.  Whenever the Building Official finds any work regulated by this code being performed in a manner either contrary to the provisions of this code or dangerous or unsafe, the Building Official is authorized to issue a stop work order.

Issuance.  The stop work order shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property, or to the owner's agent, or to the person doing the work.  Upon issuance of a stop work order, the cited work shall immediately cease.  The stop work order shall state the reason for the order, and the conditions under which the cited work will be permitted to resume.  Where an emergency exists the Building Official shall not be required to give notice prior to stopping the work.

155E.14    ARTICLE 210.8 AMENDED - - GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT-INTERRUPTER PROTECTION FOR PERSONNEL.  Article 210.8, Ground Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection for Personnel, of the NEC is hereby amended by adding the following exceptions:

Article 210.8 (A) Dwelling Units (2). Garages, and also accessory buildings that have a floor located at or below grade not intended as habitable rooms and limited to storage areas, work areas, and areas of similar use.

Exception No. 1 to (2):  Receptacles that are not readily accessible.

Exception No. 2 to (2):  A single receptacle or a duplex receptacle for two appliances located within dedicated space for each appliance that, in normal use, is not easily moved from one place to another and that is cord-and-plug connected in accordance with 400.7(A)(6), (A)(7), or (A)(8).

Note: Receptacles installed under the exceptions to 210.8(A)(2) shall not be considered as meeting the requirements of 210.52(G).

Article 210.8 (A) Dwelling Units (5)  Unfinished basements – for purposes of this section, unfinished basements are defined as portions or areas of the basement not intended as habitable rooms and limited to storage areas, work areas, and the like.

Exception No. 2 to (5): Receptacles that are not readily accessible.

Exception No. 3 to (5): A single receptacle or a duplex receptacle for two appliances located within dedicated space for each appliance that, in normal use, is not easily moved from one place to another and that is cord-and-plug connected in accordance with 400.7(A)(6), (A)(7), or (A)(8).

Note: Receptacles installed under the exceptions to 210.8(A)(5) shall not be considered as meeting the requirements of 210.52(G).

155E.15    ARTICLE 220.12 AMENDED - - LIGHTING LOADS FOR SPECIFIED OCCUPANCIES.  Article 220.12, Lighting Loads For Specified Occupancies, of the NEC is hereby amended by deleting the exception and subsections and inserting in lieu thereof the following exception:

Exception:  Where the building is designed and constructed to comply with an energy code adopted by the local authority, the lighting load shall be permitted to be calculated at the values specified in the energy code. (Ch. 155E – Ord. 338 – Dec. 15 Supp.)