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Building Code changes announced

Article Published 03/21/2011

April 2011

Building codes exist to protect the public's health, safety and welfare. Many home improvement projects and repairs must conform to code. For residential construction, the State of Utah and Layton City have adopted the 2009 International Residential Code, (IRC). A few significant changes to the code include the following:

» The 2009 IRC now requires all new dwellings to have tamper-resistant electrical outlets. Residential remodels, additions and finished basements also require tamper-resistant outlets. This code change is an important step in making a home a safer place for children. The average cost is about fifty cents more than an un-protected outlet.

» A building permit is not required for a one-story detached accessory structure used as a storage shed, playhouse or similar use, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet (changed from 120 square feet). Exempt structures must still meet all of the zoning regulations including setbacks from the primary structure and property lines. A permit is required for all accessory structures containing electrical, plumbing or mechanical systems.

Following the code requirements and other local regulations will assure that your construction project is done right. Please contact the Community and Economic Development Department at 801-336-3760 if you have questions about building permits or building code changes.