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Building permits must adhere to new county building codes

Heads up architects, contractors, framers, plumbers, electricians, and anyone planning to build or remodel a residential or commercial structure: Garfield County’s building codes are changing.Garfield County Commissioners adopted 2003’s International Building Codes at their Sept. 13, 2004, meeting.Garfield County building official Andy Schwaller said even though the new codes went into effect Oct. 1, the county’s building and planning department has allowed building permit applications to be accepted under the former 1997 codes through Oct. 31. But starting Nov. 1, all new permits will need to adhere to the new codes. The changes are significant, according to Garfield County Commissioner Trési Houpt.”They’re going to affect a lot of people,” she said. Schwaller said most of the building permits in the county are for residential, single family construction, which will affect a lot of regional architects, contractors and builders.One of the most significant changes is a new requirement for the rise and run of staircases (see box). “They should check the code requirements for stairs prior to designing the building,” he said. Changes are on the way for commercial projects, too. Besides changes in fire walls and sprinkler systems, new requirements for elevators and grading are also on the way.Schwaller said the new codes are available by contacting or from the building and planning office (see box). Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518cclick@postindependent.comwhat does it mean?When the new international and residential building codes become effective Nov. 1, what kind of changes can those in the construction trades expect?For single family residences and some townhouses:• Expect changes in plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas in single family home construction• New, more stringent requirements for rise and run for staircasesFor commercial construction• Expect new, different requirements for egress, fire wall separations, and fire sprinkler requirements. • New permits required for installation and replacement of elevators• Grading permits are now required in Garfield County Amendments to Garfield County’s current building codes are available at The new codes are also available at the Garfield County Building and Planning Department, Courthouse Annex, 108 Eighth St., Glenwood Springs, 945-8212. building permit feesGarfield County’s building permit fees will remain the same under the new codes. The only fee change is the addition of elevator and grading permits that will be required as of Nov. 1:• Elevator permits: Fees start at $250 for a dumbwaiter or private residence elevator to a minimum of $350 for an elevator or escalator• Grading permits: Fees range from $150 for minor grading (less than 10,000 square feet) to $400 for major grading (more than 10,000 square feet)

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