Building Codes

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Jonathan Gesick (ProCode), Chief Building Official

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Building Codes

Current Code Adoption, Effective February 1, 2020:

Ordinance Uniform Building Codes 2019 -- Effective for new building permits starting February 1, 2020.

    The Electrical Code reference states that the Town is to follow the State’s adopted code.
    Sec. 18-82. Application of regulations. Where, in any specific case, different sections of this Code, the zoning code, other ordinances of the Town or the electric code adopted by the Colorado State Electric Board specify different materials, methods of construction or other requirements, the most restrictive shall govern. (Ord. 2008-813 §1)

    Colorado House Bill 09-1091 requires carbon monoxide alarms to be install in residential properties. Click here to read the bill text

    Design Criteria

      effective 6/22/2020
    Ground Snow Load 30psf
    Wind Design:  
    Speed (V) 115
    Topographic effects No
    Seismic Design Category B
    Subject to Damage From:  
    Weathering Severe
    Frost Line 30 in.
    Termite Slight to Moderate
    Winter Design Temperature Degree F. 1
    Ice Barrier Underlayment Required YES
    Flood Hazard 26713
    Air Freezing Index 1000
    Mean Annual Temperature 43F

     Foundation Design

    All foundation systems shall be engineered foundations designed by a Colorado licensed engineer. The engineered foundation shall be based upon a soils analysis for the specific location where the foundation is to be installed.
    Exception: IRC detached accessory buildings may have a foundation system approved by the building official.