Creston City Council voted Wednesday to adopted parts of the 2011 International Building Code amending the city code of ordinances pertaining to electrical, plumbing, building and residential codes.
The new codes will affect new construction, renovations to existing buildings and property inspections. The International Building Code is a model code developed by the International Code Council intended to protect public health, safety and welfare by creating standards for building construction.
City officials have worked since early 2012 to study, review and prepare recommendations of amendments to the building codes.
According to Public Works Director Kevin Kruse new international building codes come out every three years.
“We thought, with the changes that have happened in the codes, we would adopt them,” said Cruise. “With the electrical and plumbing codes, all we did was update them to the present code year. There is no real difference in how we are doing things. Nothing really more stringent or required.”
While some of the newly adopted codes are routine, others were deemed unnecessary.
“As for the building code, we made amendments to that,” said Cruise. “With the new code, they (International Code Council) are requiring fire sprinkler systems in single -family homes. We deleted it so its not a requirement. We didn’t feel it was a necessity.”
Cruise stated the adoption of the codes is not expected to have any impact on the price or construction of new homes.
The newly amended ordinances will take effect today and may be viewed online at www.crestoniowa.gov.