City of Seward, NE
Seward County
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In order to provide certain minimum standards, provisions, and requirements for safe and stable design, methods of construction, and uses of materials in buildings, and residential dwellings, hereafter erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, relocated, and converted, to ensure that structures are safe, sanitary, and fit for occupation and use; and the condemnation of buildings and structures unfit for human occupancy and use and the demolition of such structures; certain documents, known as the "International Building Code" and "International Residential Code" (2012 Editions), recommended by the International Code Council, and printed in book or pamphlet form, are hereby adopted, insofar as said codes do not conflict with the statutes of the State of Nebraska, and the City ordinances. One copy of the International Building Code and the International Residential Code shall be on file at the office of the Municipal Clerk and available for public inspection at any reasonable time. The provisions of the International Building Code and International Residential Code shall be controlling throughout the municipality and throughout its zoning jurisdiction. (Neb. RS 18-132, 19-902, 19-922)
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
The following sections of the International Building Code (2012 Edition) are hereby revised:
A. 
Chapter 1, Scope and Administration.
(1) 
Section 101, General; Section 101.1. Insert: City of Seward (for name of jurisdiction).
(2) 
Section 105, Permits; Section 105.2, Work exempt from permit. Replace:
1.
One-story detached accessory structures used as playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet (11.15 m2).
2.
Retaining walls which are implemented for landscape purposes and are not over four feet (1,219 mm), measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall.
3.
Sidewalks, driveways and patio slabs.
4.
Painting, papering, carpet and similar finish work.
5.
Temporary motion-picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery
6.
Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy, as applicable in Section 101.2, and which are installed entirely above ground.
7.
Swings and other playground equipment accessory to one- and two-family dwellings.
8.
Window awnings supported by an exterior wall of Group R-3, as applicable in Section 101.2, and Group U occupancies.
9.
Movable cases, counters and partitions not over five feet nine inches (1,753 mm) in height.
B. 
Chapter 16, Structural Design; Section 1612, Flood Loads; Section 1612.3, Establishment of flood hazard areas. Insert: City of Seward (for name of jurisdiction) and 9-30-1993 (for date of issuance).
C. 
Chapter 34, Existing Buildings and Structures; Section 3412, Compliance Alternatives; Section 3412.2, Applicability. Insert: 3-18-2003 (for effective date).
The following sections of the International Residential Code (2012 Edition) are hereby revised:
A. 
Chapter 1, Scope and Administration.
(1) 
Section R101, General; Section R101.1. Insert: City of Seward (for name of jurisdiction).
(2) 
Section R105, Permits; Section R105.2, Work exempt from permits. Replace:
Building:
1.
One-story detached accessory structures used as playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet (11.15 m2).
2.
Retaining walls which are implemented for landscape purposes and are not over four feet (1,219 mm), measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall.
3.
Sidewalks, driveways and patio slabs.
4.
Painting, papering, carpet and similar finish work.
5.
Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy, as applicable in Section 101.2, and which are installed entirely above ground.
6.
Swings and other playground equipment accessory to one- and two-family dwellings.
7.
Window awnings supported by an exterior wall.
B. 
Chapter 2, Definitions. Add the following definition:
SLEEPING ROOM. Any room in the house that has a built-in closet and typically could be used as a bedroom.
C. 
Chapter 3, Building Planning.
(1) 
Section R301, Design Criteria; Table R301.2(1). Insert: Design Criteria into Table R301.2 as follows:
1.
Ground snow for area load: 30 lb.
2.
Wind speed for area: 90 mph at three-second gust (20 to 25 sf1).
3.
Seismic Design Category: Zone B.
4.
Weathering: severe.
5.
Frost line depth: 36 inches.
6.
Termite: moderate to heavy.
7.
Winter design temp: apd IRP -2.
8.
No.
9.
Flood hazards: 1993 City of Seward FEMA Rate Map.
10.
One-hundred-year freezing index: 1,500 or less.
11.
Annual freezing index: 51.3.
(2) 
Section R302.2.2. Amend: Change "one-hour separation' to "two-hour separation."
(3) 
Section R302.5.1. Delete: Requirement for self-closing hinges or device on the door between house and garage.
(4) 
Section R303.4. Delete: Blower door testing from IRC.
(5) 
Section R308.4.5. Delete: Item 3.
(6) 
Section R309.5. Delete: Requirements for fire sprinklers in one- and two-family garages.
D. 
Chapter 4, Foundations; Section R403, Footings; Section R403.1. Add:
Exception: Buildings structures under 200 square feet in size may use slab-on-ground with integral thickened edge footings for foundations. All buildings or structures over 200 square feet in size shall require frost-depth footings.
E. 
Chapter 5, Floors; Section R501.3. Replace:
R501.3 Fire protection of floors.
Once the basement reaches a finished condition, floor assemblies, not required elsewhere in this code to be fire-resistance rated, shall be provided with a 1/2-inch (12.7 mm) gypsum membrane wallboard, 5/8-inch (16 mm) wood structural panel membrane, or equivalent on the underside of the framing member.
F. 
Chapter 11, Energy Efficiency.
(1) 
Section N1101, General; Section N1101.16. Delete: Requirement for posting res-check near electrical panel.
(2) 
Section N1102.2.4. Delete: Requirement of weather stripping around the lid of the attic access.
(3) 
Section N1102.4.1.2. Delete: Requirement for blower door testing.
(4) 
Section N1103.2.2. Delete: Procedures for duct-leakage test.
(5) 
Section N1103.2.3. Delete: Removes requirement to seal cold air returns in stud cavity.
(6) 
Section N1103.4.2. Delete: Item 3 - Requirement for insulation of water pipe from water heater to kitchen.
G. 
Chapter 29, Water supply and distribution; Section P2904.1.1. Delete: Requirements for fire sprinklers in one- and two-family dwellings.
Note: Whenever a residential dwelling unit fire sprinkler system is provided and installed, the design and installation of the residential fire sprinkler system shall be in accordance with NFPA 13D or Section 2904, which shall be considered equivalent to NFPA 13D.