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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Scope and Administration
Section 101 General
Section 102 Applicability
Section 103 Department of Building Safety
Section 104 Duties and Powers of Building Official
Section 105 Permits
Section 107 Submittal Documents
Section 108 Temporary Structures and Uses
Section 109 Fees
Section 110 Inspections
Section 111 Certificate of Occupancy
Section 112 Service Utilities
Section 113 Board of Appeals
Section 114 Violations
Section 115 Stop Work Order
Section 116 Unsafe Structures and Equipment
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Chapter 2 Definitions
Section 201 General
Section 202 Definitions
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Chapter 3 Occupancy Classification and Use
Section 302 Classification
Section 303 Assembly Group A
Section 304 Business Group B
Section 305 Educational Group E
Section 306 Factory Group F
Section 307 High-Hazard Group H
Section 308 Institutional Group I
Section 309 Mercantile Group M
Section 310 Residential Group R
Section 311 Storage Group S
Section 312 Utility and Miscellaneous Group U
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Chapter 4 Special Detailed Requirements Based on Occupancy and Use
Section 402 Covered Mall and Open Mall Buildings
Section 403 High-Rise Buildings
Section 404 Atriums
Section 405 Underground Buildings
Section 406 Motor-Vehicle-Related Occupancies
Section 407 Group I-2
Section 408 Group I-3
Section 409 Motion-Picture Projection Rooms
Section 410 Stages, Platforms, and Technical Production Areas
Section 411 Special Amusement Buildings
Section 412 Aircraft-Related Occupancies
Section 413 Combustible Storage
Section 414 Hazardous Materials
Section 415 Groups H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4, and H-5
Section 416 Application of Flammable Finishes
Section 417 Drying Rooms
Section 418 Organic Coatings
Section 419 Live/Work Units
Section 420 Groups I-1, R-1, R-2, R-3, and R-4
Section 422 Ambulatory Care Facilities
Section 423 Storm Shelters
Section 424 Children's Play Structures
Section 427 Medical Gas Systems
Section 428 Higher Education Laboratories
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Chapter 5 General Building Heights and Areas
Section 502 Building Address
Section 503 General Building Height and Area Limitations
Section 504 Building Height and Number of Stories
Section 505 Mezzanines and Equipment Platforms
Section 506 Building Area
Section 507 Unlimited-Area Buildings
Section 508 Mixed Use and Occupancy
Section 509 Incidental Uses
Section 510 Special Provisions
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Chapter 6 Types of Construction
Section 602 Construction Classification
Section 603 Combustible Material in Type I and II Construction
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Chapter 7 Fire and Smoke Protection Features
Section 702 Multiple Use Fire Assemblies
Section 703 Fire-Resistance Ratings and Fire Tests
Section 704 Fire-Resistance Rating of Structural Members
Section 705 Exterior Walls
Section 706 Fire Walls
Section 707 Fire Barriers
Section 708 Fire Partitions
Section 709 Smoke Barriers
Section 710 Smoke Partitions
Section 711 Floor and Roof Assemblies
Section 712 Vertical Openings
Section 713 Shaft Enclosures
Section 714 Penetrations
Section 715 Fire-Resistant Joint Systems
Section 716 Opening Protectives
Section 717 Ducts and Air Transfer Openings
Section 718 Concealed Spaces
Section 719 Fire-Resistance Requirements for Plaster
Section 720 Thermal- and Sound- Insulating Materials
Section 721 Prescriptive Fire Resistance
Section 722 Calculated Fire Resistance
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Chapter 8 Interior Finishes
Section 802 General
Section 803 Wall and Ceiling Finishes
Section 804 Interior Floor Finish
Section 805 Combustible Materials in Types I and II Construction
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Chapter 9 Fire Protection and Life-Safety Systems
Section 901 General
Section 902 Fire Pump and Riser Room Size
Section 903 Automatic Sprinkler Systems
Section 904 Alternative Automatic Fire-Extinguishing Systems
Section 905 Standpipe Systems
Section 907 Fire Alarm and Detection Systems
Section 909 Smoke Control Systems
Section 910 Smoke and Heat Removal
Section 911 Fire Command Center
Section 912 Fire Department Connections
Section 913 Fire Pumps
Section 914 Emergency Responder Safety Features
Section 915 Carbon Monoxide Detection
Section 916 Gas Detection Systems
Section 917 Mass Notification Systems
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Chapter 10 Means of Egress
Section 1001 Administration
Section 1002 Maintenance and Plans
Section 1003 General Means of Egress
Section 1004 Occupant Load
Section 1005 Means of Egress Sizing
Section 1006 Number of Exits and Exit Access Doorways
Section 1007 Exit and Exit Access Doorway Configuration
Section 1008 Means of Egress Illumination
Section 1009 Accessible Means of Egress
Section 1010 Doors, Gates, and Turnstiles
Section 1011 Stairways
Section 1012 Ramps
Section 1013 Exit Signs
Section 1014 Handrails
Section 1015 Guards
Section 1016 Exit Access
Section 1017 Exit Access Travel Distance
Section 1018 Aisles
Section 1019 Exit Access Stairways and Ramps
Section 1020 Corridors
Section 1021 Egress Balconies
Section 1022 Exits
Section 1023 Interior Exit Stairways and Ramps
Section 1024 Exit Passageways
Section 1025 Luminous Egress Path Markings
Section 1026 Horizontal Exits
Section 1027 Exterior Exit Stairways and Ramps
Section 1028 Exit Discharge
Section 1029 Assembly
Section 1030 Emergency Escape and Rescue
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Chapter 11 Accessibility
Section 1101 General
Section 1102 Compliance
Section 1103 Scoping Requirements
Section 1104 Accessible Route
Section 1105 Accessible Entrances
Section 1106 Parking and Passenger Loading Facilities
Section 1107 Dwelling Units and Sleeping Units
Section 1108 Special Occupancies
Section 1109 Other Features and Facilities
Section 1110 Recreational Facilities
Section 1111 Signage
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Chapter 12 Interior Environment
Section 1202 Ventilation
Section 1203 Temperature Control
Section 1204 Lighting
Section 1205 Yards or Courts
Section 1206 Sound Transmission
Section 1207 Interior Space Dimensions
Section 1208 Access to Unoccupied Spaces
Section 1209 Toilet and Bathroom Requirements
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Chapter 13 Energy Efficiency
Chapter 14 Exterior Walls
Section 1402 Performance Requirements
Section 1403 Materials
Section 1404 Installation of Wall Coverings
Section 1405 Combustible Materials on the Exterior Side of Exterior Walls
Section 1406 Metal Composite Materials
Section 1407 Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems
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Chapter 15 Roof Assemblies and Rooftop Structures
Section 1504 Performance Requirements
Section 1505 Fire Classification
Section 1506 Materials
Section 1510 Rooftop Structures
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Introduction to the Structural Provisions
Structural Design (Chapter 16): Structural Loads
Load Combinations
Chapter 16 Structural Design
Introduction
Section 1601 General
Section 1602 Notations
Section 1603 Construction Documents
Section 1604 General Design Requirements
Section 1605 Load Combinations
Section 1606 Dead Loads
Section 1607 Live Loads
Section 1608 Snow Loads
Section 1609 Wind Loads
Section 1610 Soil Lateral Loads
Section 1611 Rain Loads
Section 1612 Flood Loads
Section 1613 Earthquake Loads
Section 1614 Atmospheric Ice Loads
Section 1615 Tsunami Loads
Section 1616 Structural Integrity
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Example 16-1 Design Axial Force, Shear Force, and Bending Moment for Shear Wall Due to Lateral and Gravity Loads (Strength Design)
Example 16-2 Design Axial Force, Shear Force, and Bending Moment for Shear Wall Due to Lateral and Gravity Loads (Allowable Stress Design Using Basic Load Combinations)
Example 16-3 Design Axial Force, Shear Force, and Bending Moment for Shear Wall Due to Lateral and Gravity Loads (Allowable Stress Design Using Alternate Basic Load Combinations)
Example 16-4 Calculations of Live Load Reduction
Chapter 17 Special Inspections and Tests
Introduction
Section 1701 General
Section 1702 New Materials
Section 1703 Approvals
Section 1704 Special Inspections and Tests, Contractor Responsibility, and Structural Observations
Section 1705 Required Special Inspections and Tests
Section 1706 Design Strengths of Materials
Section 1707 Alternate Test Procedures
Section 1708 In Situ Load Tests
Section 1709 Preconstruction Load Tests
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Chapter 18 Soils and Foundations
Introduction
Section 1801 General
Section 1802 Design Basis
Section 1803 Geotechnical Investigations
Section 1804 Excavation, Grading, and Fill
Section 1805 Dampproofing and Waterproofing
Section 1806 Presumptive Load-Bearing Values of Soils
Section 1807 Foundation Walls, Retaining Walls, and Embedded Posts and Poles
Section 1808 Foundations
Section 1809 Shallow Foundations
Section 1810 Deep Foundations
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Chapter 19 Concrete
Introduction
Section 1901 General
Section 1902 Definitions
Section 1903 Specifications for Tests and Materials
Section 1904 Durability Requirements
Section 1905 Modifications to ACI 318
Section 1906 Structural Plain Concrete
Section 1907 Minimum Slab Provisions
Section 1908 Shotcrete
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Chapter 20 Aluminum
Introduction
Section 2002 Materials
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Chapter 21 Masonry
Introduction
Section 2101 General
Section 2102 Notations
Section 2103 Masonry Construction Materials
Section 2104 Construction
Section 2105 Quality Assurance
Section 2106 Seismic Design
Section 2107 Allowable Stress Design
Section 2108 Strength Design of Masonry
Section 2109 Empirical Design of Adobe Masonry
Section 2110 Glass Unit Masonry
Section 2111 Masonry Fireplaces
Section 2112 Masonry Heaters
Section 2113 Masonry Chimneys
Section 2114 Dry-Stack Masonry
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Chapter 22 Steel
Introduction
Section 2201 General
Section 2202 Identification of Steel for Structural Purposes
Section 2203 Protection of Steel for Structural Purposes
Section 2204 Connections
Section 2205 Structural Steel
Section 2206 Composite Structural Steel and Concrete Structures
Section 2207 Steel Joists
Section 2208 Steel Cable Structures
Section 2209 Steel Storage Racks
Section 2210 Cold-Formed Steel
Section 2211 Cold-Formed Steel Light-Frame Construction
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Chapter 23 Wood
Introduction
Section 2301 General
Section 202 Definitions
Section 2302 Design Requirements
Section 2303 Minimum Standards and Quality
Section 2304 General Construction Requirements
Section 2305 General Design Requirements for Lateral-Force-Resisting Systems
Section 2306 Allowable Stress Design
Section 2307 Load and Resistance Factor Design
Section 2308 Conventional Light-Frame Construction
Section 2309 Wood Frame Construction Manual
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Chapter 24 Glass and Glazing
Section 2403 General Requirements for Glass
Section 2404 Wind, Snow, Seismic, and Dead Loads on Glass
Section 2405 Sloped Glazing and Skylights
Section 2406 Safety Glazing
Section 2407 Glass in Handrails and Guards
Section 2408 Glazing in Athletic Facilities
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Chapter 25 Gypsum Board, Gypsum Panel Products, and Plaster
Section 2501 General
Section 2508 Gypsum Construction
Section 2510 Lathing and Furring for Cement Plaster (Stucco)
Section 2511 Interior Plaster
Section 2512 Exterior Plaster
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Chapter 26 Plastic
Section 2603 Foam Plastic Insulation
Section 2605 Plastic Veneer
Section 2606 Light-Transmitting Plastics
Section 2608 Light-Transmitting Plastic Glazing
Section 2609 Light-Transmitting Plastic Roof Panels
Section 2610 Light-Transmitting Plastic Skylight Glazing
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Chapter 27 Electrical
Section 2702 Emergency and Standby Power Systems
Chapter 28 Mechanical
Chapter 29 Plumbing
Section 2902 Minimum Plumbing Facilities
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Chapter 30 Elevators and Conveying Systems
Section 3002 Hoistway Enclosures
Section 3003 Emergency Operations
Section 3006 Elevator Lobbies and Hoistway Opening Protection
Section 3007 Fire Service Access Elevator
Section 3008 Occupant Evacuation Elevators
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Chapter 31 Special Construction
Section 3102 Membrane Structures
Section 3104 Pedestrian Walkways and Tunnels
Section 3106 Marquees
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Chapter 32 Encroachments into the Public Right-of-Way
Section 3201 General
Section 3202 Encroachments
Chapter 33 Safeguards During Construction
Section 3302 Construction Safeguards
Section 3303 Demolition
Section 3304 Site Work
Section 3306 Protection of Pedestrians
Section 3307 Protection of Adjoining Property
Section 3308 Temporary Use of Streets, Alleys, and Public Property
Section 3309 Fire Extinguishers
Section 3310 Means of Egress
Section 3311 Standpipes
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Chapter 34 Reserved
Chapter 35 Referenced Standards
Appendices
Appendix A Employee Qualifications
Appendix B Board of Appeals
Appendix C Group U Agricultural Buildings
Appendix D Fire Districts
Appendix E Supplementary Accessibility Requirements
Appendix F Rodentproofing
Appendix G Flood-Resistant Construction
Appendix H Signs
Appendix I Patio Covers
Appendix J Grading
Appendix K Administrative Provisions
Appendix L Earthquake Recording Instrumentation
Appendix M Tsunami-Generated Flood Hazard
Appendix N Replicable Buildings
Metric Conversion Table
Metric Units, System International (SI)
Soft Metrication
Hard Metrication
Index

About the Author

Douglas Thornburg, AIA, CBO., is the Vice President and Technical Director of Products and Services at the International Code Council (ICC), where he provides leadership in the technical content development of ICC publications and educational s programs as well as instruction of ICC building code seminars. Prior to joining the ICC in 2004, he served as a code consultant and educator for building codes. He has been involved extensively in building code activities since 1980.


Chris Kimball, SE, MCP, is the founder of Kimball Engineering and the Utah Regional Manager at West Coast Code Consultants, Inc. A practicing structural engineer, he holds ICC certifications as a plans examiner, commercial inspector, residential inspector, residential plans examiner, and fire plans examiner/inspector. Chris is an instructor of ICC building code seminars.


William C. Bracken, PE, CFM, is the founder and CEO of Bracken Engineering. His practice specializes in structural, building envelope, general civil, floodplain, construction, building applications, and forensic engineering projects as well as Urban Search and Rescue responses. Bill is an instructor of ICC Disaster Response Institute and building code seminars.


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