All of our house plans are designed to meet or exceed the International
Residential Code which has become the recognized standard. The IRC has
supplanted all the former Building Codes including the BOCA, SBCCI and CABO
codes. Only the UBC Building Code still exists in several locations but all
plans also meet the general criteria of UBC.
Some states, counties, and municipalities have their own codes, zoning
requirements, and building regulations. However, the 20 states that have adopted
the IRC have typically made very few changes. Modifications may be necessary to
meet local building codes most notably for earthquake, hurricane (wind) design,
flood plain issues, or heavy snow loading. Some states and certain cities may
require an architect's or engineer's seal. Where required, these are readily
obtained locally for a fee. Nevada is an exception where plans must be provided
by a Nevada Registered Professional.
After you receive your plans, you should consult your local builder,
architect, engineer or other construction professional to review your plans
before actual construction begins. We cannot be responsible for the advice or
assistance you receive from them or for methods that they use. The owner and
contractor assume the responsibility to meet all local codes.
The following link offers additional information about building codes:
- ICC - The
International Code Council (ICC) has been the leading
source of building and related construction codes for more than 75 years.
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