Most people are unfamiliar with the local building codes in their area until it is time to apply for a permit. It can seem overwhelming and possibly even an unnecessary process for any build. It is a necessary step in the building process and one that should not be overlooked. Here we will look at common questions regarding building codes and what you need to know about them.
What Are Building Codes?
Building and development regulations are put in place to govern the design, construction, repair, and alteration of buildings aimed at providing safe structures for the community. Building codes vary by state–in some parts of the country, they are essential to avoiding devastating outcomes during severe weather conditions. Building codes help us design a structure that will last in its surrounding elements. They can be broken up into different categories including commercial, residential, building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, etc. For a steel building, most cities use the International Building Code, sometimes with amendments and revisions to portions of the code to better suit their communities.
What Type of Codes Are Used?
Building codes affect almost every type of building. For this reason, we recommend all of our customers to be aware of their state, city, or county requirements. They can vary from city to city, but generally a current version of the International Building Code is enforced throughout the United States. You can find the type of code you need to adhere to by checking with the planning and development departments in your city or county. At Bunger Steel, this information is usually discussed during the initial quoting process. Our knowledgeable sales representatives are available to help clarify this information early in the process to avoid mishaps later on.
Do I Need a Permit?
In short, yes. A structure larger than a typical storage shed will require a permit. You will need to make sure you are abiding by all building codes or zoning regulations established at your state and local levels. We encourage our customers to be aware of the costly implications and delays that can result from not acquiring a permit for your building.
What Happens If I don’t get a Permit or Don’t Build to Code?
If you do not receive a permit you can face fines, penalties, and even be required to deconstruct. The process would be longer and more costly. Adhering to the necessary building codes ensures that your structure will last for years to come and benefit your community. We strongly recommend the use of a building permit when required, even if not mandated by your builders or contractors.
How Do Building Codes Affect the Cost of a Steel Building?
Our in-house engineers will design your building according to the location requirements of your build area. Depending on location, you could see an impact in cost, especially if your building needs to account for environmental loads. For example, if you are building in an area where snow is a factor, you can expect to have higher snow load requirements applied on your metal building.
In a side by side comparison, these identical buildings could end up having a cost difference. A tempting, but ultimately hazardous, approach to reduce costs is to under-load a steel building. This can result in collapse or added charges to correct. Bunger Steel only designs a building with the ultimate structural integrity and the highest grade American steel. You can find out more about The Bunger Difference here.
As you can see, building codes and regulations provide the foundation for a healthy solid structure. They are put in place to protect the future inhabitants from environmental catastrophe by being structurally sound. With the use of proper building codes, you can rest assured that your steel building will last for many years to come.
Have more questions on building codes or permits? Give us a call –our knowledgeable staff is ready to answer any lingering questions.