November 15, 2016
Once you’ve received approval from your city’s or town’s local zoning department, you can move along through the home building process by working towards your building permit. Building codes deal exclusively with the structures built on your lot. These codes work to ensure the safety and accessibility of your home or building according to the International Building Code also known as the International Residential Code IRC).
These building codes establish a set of rules that are made to ensure the level of performance, quality of standards, and safety any structure must adhere to. Commonly, these codes deal with the number of occupants, the function of the building and the size & location of the building.
During the home building process, it is the job of your builder, design professional or engineer to rework your home floor plan as needed to comply with the IRC guidelines in your area. Once your home floor plan is altered to meet with local building codes, it can then be submitted to receive a building permit.
Before you begin any building process, it is important you make sure that your project has both the zoning and building permits required. While this may seem like an inconvenience on the way to your new dream home, in fact these help ensure your home is safe and a good fit within your community.
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