In one fell swoop, the Osage Beach Board of Aldermen last week adopted eight national and international building, electrical and property codes.
Enforcement begins this week. The new codes update some guidelines and remove other sections. Area contractors and developers are encouraged to obtain copies of the new codes, which address several safety and administrative issues.
The city announced after the adoption that new codebooks are available for purchase at the City Hall during regular hours. For more information, contact the city at 573-302-2000.
The International Code Council updates codes every three years, and Osage Beach previously has revamped its codes every six years. However, a cooperative effort among lake-area code officials made several modifications to the updated codes to ensure compliance with Missouri statues.
Alderman Kevin Rucker applauded the cooperation between code officials, noting developers and contractors now have a unified set of rules to follow rather than piecemeal codes from community to community. The cooperative effort should encourage more development within the lake area, he said.
Highlights of the codes include, but are not limited to:
•2012 International Building Code – includes single-family dwelling building fees, establishment of a flood hazard area and map reflecting the FEMA guidelines and a Flood Insurance Rate Map.
•2011 National Electrical Code – electrical service disconnects must be installed outside every building and structure, all switches and circuit breakers must be readily accessible, floating buildings permitted by the Osage Beach Fire Protection District must comply with this section.
•2012 International Property Management Code – Every owner and operator of a building for rent, lease or sleeping room must furnish heat to the occupants between Oct. 1 and May 1 to maintain a minimum temperature of 68 degrees in all habitable rooms.
•2012 International Mechanical Code – Establishes a fee schedule, a set of violation penalties and states that solid fuel firebox walls and chimney/flue shafts must be lined with 5/8-inch Type X gypsum board to the height of the roof sheathing/deck, and seams shall be tight or sealed with tape and joint compound or approved fire caulking.
•2012 International Plumbing Code – Sets a fee schedule, violation penalties and stop work orders, and says that sewers must be installed at a depth of 24 inches.
•2012 International Fire Code – Establishes several new guidelines for fire hydrants including fire hydrants, dry hydrants, standpipes, yard hydrants and public fire hydrants relating to their installation and placement.
•2012 International Residential Code – The addition of a clause that states all dwelling and garage separation interior walls, ceilings and supporting structures shall be separated by 5/8-inch Type X gypsum board or equivalent to the garage side. It also states that fire sprinkler systems in townhouses "may" be installed rather than "shall" be installed as per state statute.
Page 2 of 2 - •2012 International Fuel Gas Code – The firebox walls and ceiling of fuel-gas appliances muse be lined with 5/80inch Type X gypsum board or equivalent and all seams shall be sealed with tape and joint compound or approved fire caulking.