ORDINANCE NO. 2002-36

STANDARD BUILDING CODE

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS PROVIDING CERTAIN LOCAL AMENDMENTS TO THE STANDARD BUILDING CODE, 1997 EDITION; REPEALING ALL OTHER ORDINANCES AND PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING CRIMINAL AND CIVIL VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES; PROVIDING A PENALTY NOT TO EXCEED TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS ($2,000.00) FOR EACH OFFENSE EXCEPT WHERE A DIFFERENT PENALTY HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY STATE LAW AND EACH AND EVERY DAY SAID VIOLATION IS CONTINUED SHALL CONSTITUTE A SEPARATE OFFENSE; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING A REPEALER CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING FOR PUBLICATION.

WHEREAS, the City of Taylor adopted the Standard Building Code, 1997 edition including several local amendments on March 27, 2001 with Ordinance No. 2001-11; and

WHEREAS, the City Council deems it necessary to amend Ordinance No. 2001-11 to repeal Section 2.6 relating to the requirements of residential foundations.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF TAYLOR: SECTION 1.0 DEFINITIONS Code - Included but not limited to the 1997 Standard Building Code and any other codes regulating the construction of buildings in the city of Taylor. Existing Residential Foundation - a foundation system which, at the time of the adoption of this ordinance, is currently constructed using cedar posts or is constructed using a pad and block system. Flatwork - includes but is not limited to uncovered construction not exceeding a vertical height of 30 inches above the natural ground elevation.

SECTION 2.0 CHANGES AND AMENDMENTS TO THE STANDARD BUILDING CODE.

2.1 - Repealing Section 2.6 of Ordinance 2001-11 and amending Section 1804.1.3 of the 1997 Standard Building Code by adding the following exceptions relating to the minimum standards for residential foundation construction and maintenance:

2.10 - Existing Residential Structures, Repair or Replacement of the Entire Foundation System.

2.10.1 - If the structure has a mat (slab on grade) foundation, the foundation system shall at a minimum be replaced with a foundation system that is equal to or greater than the exiting system in accordance with the provisions of the Code.

2.10.2 - If the structure has a pad and block foundation system, the foundation system shall at a minimum be replaced with pad and block foundation system in accordance with the minimum pad and block foundation system criteria as illustrated by Attachment “A”.

2.10.3 - If the structure has a cedar post foundation system, the foundation system shall at a minimum be replaced with a pad and block foundation system in accordance with the minimum pad and block foundation system criteria as illustrated by Attachment “A”.

2.10.4 - Other code requirements such as but not limited to span width and anchoring of the pad and block system shall be installed in accordance with the Code.

2.10.4 - A pad and block foundation system shall be designed in accordance with the following criteria: The material used must be concrete The minimum size of the pad must be either: 12” X 12” X 4” or 16” X 16” X 4” The minimum size of the block must be either: 8” X 8” X 8” or 8” X 8” X 12” or 8” X 8” X 16” The top of the pad must be flush with the top of the natural ground in undisturbed soil. The minimum clearance between the lowest point of the structure and the natural ground must be no less than twelve (12) inches at any point. Block(s) must be solid. No hollow core blocks are permitted. Blocks must be positioned to maximize their load bearing capacity.

2.11 - Existing Residential Structures, Repair or Replacement of Less than Fifty (50%) Percent of the Entire Foundation System.

2.11.1 - If the structure has a mat, cedar post, or pad and block foundation system, and less than fifty (50%) percent of the foundations will be repaired or replaced, the foundation system shall be repaired in the same manner as stipulated in Section

2.10, except as noted below.

2.11.2 - No minimum clearance between the natural ground and the base of the house required will be required when less than fifty (50%) percent of an existing cedar post or pad and block foundation system is repaired or replaced. However, the base of the house can not in any event be in contact with the ground.

2.11.3 - Replacement of fifty (50%) percent or more of a cedar post or pad and block foundation system is considered a new foundation and must adhere to the provisions of Section 2.10.

2.11.4 - Fifty (50%) percent is calculated as follows: The Sum of the Load Bearing Areas for which the Pier is Designed divided by the Total Square Footage of the Exterior of the Structure (refer to Attachment B).

2.12 - Horizontal Additions to Residential Structures

2.12.1 - With horizontal additions of less than four hundred (400) square feet to residential additions, the addition shall adhere to the provisions of the Code.

2.12.2 - With horizontal additions of four hundred (400) square feet or greater, the residential addition must adhere to the Code. However, the applicant may can chose to use the city’s residential foundation detail or cause a foundation system to be designed by a licensed professional engineer registered in the State of Texas.

2.13 - Covered and Uncovered Residential Additions (Porches, Patios, etc) 2.13.1 - Uncovered Additions or Flatwork This type of work does not require a permit. Prior to the issuance of a permit for a covered addition such as but not limited to porches and patios, the applicant shall enter into an agreement with the City as a condition of the permit approval, stating that in the event the addition is enclosed for inhabitable purposes, the addition shall be brought into conformance with the current Codes.

2.13.2 - Covered Additions Such as Porches and Patios If the addition is less than four hundred (400) square feet, to the provisions of Codes shall apply. If the addition is four hundred (400) square feet or greater, the applicant may can chose to use the city’s residential foundation detail or cause a foundation system to be designed by a licensed professional engineer registered in the State of Texas.

2.14 - Residential Accessory Structures (Sheds, Garages, Carports, Gazebos, etc) 2.14.1 - Accessory structures shall conform to the provisions of the Code, unless excepted below.

2.14.2 - Gazebos Gazebos of less than four hundred (400) square feet shall not require permitting. Gazebos of four hundred (400) square feet or greater shall adhere to the provisions of the Code.

2.14.3 - No licensed professional engineer is required to design a foundation system for these or similar types of projects. Table 1 summarizes the requirements of Section 2.14:

Table 1 SHED OR GARAGE CARPORTS GAZEBOS Less than 400 SF SBC (CH 18) SBC (CH 18) N/A 400 SF or more SBC (CH 18) SBC (CH 18) SBC (CH 18)

2.15 - New Residential Construction

2.15.1 Foundation systems for new residential construction shall be designed by a licensed professional engineer duly registered in the State of Texas.

SECTION 3.0 SEVERABILITY CLAUSE That if any provision of this ordinance or its application to any person or circumstances is held invalid for any reason, the invalidity does not affect any other provisions or applications of this ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this extent the provisions of this ordinance are declared to be severable.

SECTION 4.0 REPEALER CLAUSE All other ordinances, parts of ordinances or resolutions in conflict with this Ordinance are hereby repealed to the extent of any such conflict.

SECTION 5.0 PUBLICATION The City Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to publish the caption of this Ordinance, together with the penalty provision contained therein, in the manner and for the length of time prescribed by law.

SECTION 6.0 PENALTY A person who violates any provision of this Ordinance or who fails to perform an act required by this Ordinance that governs health and sanitation commits an offense and shall be guilty of a Class "C" misdemeanor for each day or portion thereof during which the violation is continued. An offense under this Ordinance is punishable by a fine not to exceed: Two Thousand ($2,000.00) dollars; or The amount fixed by state law if the violation is one for which the state has fixed a fine.

SECTION 7.0 INTRODUCTION In accordance with Article VIII, Section 1 of the City Charter, this Ordinance was introduced before the City Council on the 10th day of October, 2002.

PASSED, APPROVED and ADOPTED on this the 22nd day of

October, 2002. ___________________________

Jeffery M. Berger, Mayor City of Taylor

ATTEST: ____________________________
Barbara S. Belz, City Clerk