1 2013 Kentucky Building code Second Edition February 2014. As Adopted by: Kentucky BOARD OF HOUSING, BUILDINGS. AND CONSTRUCTION. Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction 101 Sea Hero Road, Suite 100. Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-5412. Telephone: (502) 573-0365. FAX: (502) 573-1057. Kentucky Information on code Enforcement The Kentucky Building code , now in its 32nd year, is based upon the 2012 International Building code published by the International code Council, Inc., with Kentucky -specific amendments. It provides design and construction standards to ensure the public safety, health and welfare insofar as they are affected by Building construction and to secure safety to life and property from all hazards incident to the occupancy of buildings, structures or premises. This edition presents the code with changes approved by the Kentucky Board of Housing, Buildings and Construction through February 2014. The Kentucky Building code is a mini/maxi code , meaning that it is a statewide, uniform, mandatory Building code and no local government shall adopt or enforce any other Building code governing commercial construction.
2 The Kentucky Residential code shall govern detached single family dwellings, two-family dwellings and townhouses and is adopted as 815 KAR 7:125. The Kentucky Building code may be amended by proposals from code enforcement officials, construction professionals, other interested persons, and organizations. Amendments are discussed during open meetings of affected boards and advisory committees for recommendation before final approval by the Kentucky Board of Housing, Buildings and Construction. Approved amendments are printed in the Kentucky Administrative Register and posted on the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction website ( ) once enacted. i SAMPLE ORDINANCE. (CITY/COUNTY) ORDINANCE. Ordinance Number _____. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO 815 KAR 7:120 Kentucky Building code and 815 KAR. 7:125 Kentucky RESIDENTIAL code , AS ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF HOUSING, BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF Kentucky .
3 Be it ordained by the (Governing Board) of the (Name of Jurisdiction) as follows: WHEREAS, KRS (1), requires that all buildings constructed in____. (City/County)_____shall be built in compliance with the uniform state Building code as adopted by the Board of Housing, Buildings and Construction; and WHEREAS, KRS (1) authorizes any city, county or urban county government to require, by ordinance, permits, inspections and certificates of occupancy for single family dwellings; and WHEREAS, KRS (11) requires the local government to employ or contract for or with electrical inspection services; and WHEREAS, KRS (1) and 815 KAR 7:070 require a certified Building inspector and other code enforcement personnel as necessary for inspection and code enforcement services;. WHEREAS, KRS (18) authorizes each local government to establish a schedule of fees which are designed to cover the cost of the service performed but not to exceed such cost.
4 NOW, therefore, BE IT ORDAINED by the Fiscal County and/or legislative body of _____(City/County) _____, COMMONWEALTH OF Kentucky : SECTION 1. ADOPTION OF THE Kentucky Building code . THAT, the Kentucky Building code , promulgated in 815 KAR 7:120 and the Kentucky RESIDENTIAL code promulgated in 815 KAR 7:125 by the Board of Housing, Buildings and Construction, Commonwealth of Kentucky , are to be enforced by _____(City/County) _____of the Commonwealth of Kentucky as if set out at length herein;. THAT, a copy of said Kentucky Building code and the Kentucky Residential code is on file in the Office of the _____ County Clerk, and the Clerk shall at all times keep a copy of said Building code for reference;. THAT, a copy of this Ordinance shall be transmitted to the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction of the Commonwealth of Kentucky . SECTION 2. DESIGNATED ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. THAT, _____ (Department/Office)_____, shall be designated as the local enforcement agent/agency for said Kentucky Building code .
5 All Building code inspections shall ii be performed by persons certified by the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction. All electrical inspections shall be performed by persons certified by the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction as an electrical inspector. SECTION 3. Building INSPECTION PROGRAM. THAT, pursuant to KRS (8), a Building inspection program is hereby established in _____(City/County)_____ for application to all buildings subject to 815. KAR 7;120 Kentucky Building code . THAT, the Building inspection program of _____(City/County)_____ shall include plan review and inspections of structures subject to 815 KAR 7:125 Kentucky Residential code . SECTION 4. PERMITS AND FEES. THAT, the fees for permits and inspections shall be as provided for in the attached schedule. SECTION 5. INCONSISTENT ORDINANCES REPEALED. THAT, all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are, to the extent of such conflict, hereby repealed.
6 SECTION 6. EFFECTIVE DATE. THAT, this resolution shall take effect and be in full force when passed, published and recorded according to law. _____. COUNTY JUDGE/EXECUTIVE OR MAYOR. ATTEST: _____. CITY/COUNTY CLERK. _____. DATE PASSED. iii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. The Commonwealth of Kentucky gratefully acknowledges the contribution of time, expertise and diligent effort generously given by members of the Kentucky Board of Housing, Buildings and Construction in the continuing development of the Kentucky Building code . Current Board members are as follows: Ambrose Wilson IV, Chairperson Robert R. Johnson Department of Housing, Buildings & Construction Building & Construction Trade Council Frankfort, Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky Clay Barkley Robert J. Kirchdorfer Attorney General's Office code Administrators Association of Kentucky Frankfort, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Mark A. Caldwell Kevin R. McGuire Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers Kentucky Society of Architects Calvert City, Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky Gregory G.
7 Carter Dennis T. Meiman, Jr. Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers Mechanical Contractors Association Lexington, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Andrew Coyle Russell E. Todd Kentucky Housing Corporation Kentucky Firefighters Association Frankfort, Kentucky Elizabethtown, Kentucky Debra L. Fitzgerald Tyrone D. Tyra Kentucky Association of Realtors Citizen at Large Dry Ridge, Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky Lisa Marsh Flara Steve Willinghurst Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers National Electrical Contractors Association Lexington, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Kathy Fowler Greg J. Wilson Public Health KAPHCC. Frankfort, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Tod Allan Griffin G. Davis Boland Kentucky Retail Federation Kentucky Building Materials Association Frankfort, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky David Dean Jim A. Jackson Associated General Contractors of Kentucky Citizen At-Large Winchester, Kentucky Frankfort, Kentucky William M.
8 Mac Crawford, Jr. Home Builders Association of Kentucky Nicholasville, Kentucky iv CHAPTER 1. SCOPE AND ADMINISTRATION .. 1 CHAPTER 5. Section GENERAL Building HEIGHTS AND. 101 General .. 1 AREAS .. 33. 102 Applicability .. 2. 103 Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction . 2 Section 104 Duties and Powers of Building Official .. 2 503 General Building and Height Limitations .. 33. 105 4 506 Building Area Modifications .. 33. 107 Submittal Documents .. 5 507 Unlimited Area Buildings .. 33. 108 Temporary Structures and uses .. 6 510 Special Provisions .. 33. 109 Fees .. 6. 110 Inspections .. 6 CHAPTER 7. 111 Certificate of Occupancy .. 7 FIRE RESISTANCE RATED. 112 Service Utilities .. 7 CONSTRUCTION .. 34. 113 Board of Appeals .. 7. 114 Violations .. 8 Section 115 Stop Work Order .. 9 703 Fire Resistance Ratings and Fire Tests ..34. 116 Unsafe Structures and Equipment .. 9 706 Fire Walls .. 34. 117 Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) 718 Concealed Spaces.
9 34. Regulated Buildings .. 9. 118 Proof of Insurance .. 9 CHAPTER 9. 119 Posting Structures .. 9 FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS .. 35. 120 Effective Dates .. 9. 121 Plan Review and Inspection Fees for Department of Section Housing, Buildings and Construction .. 9 901 General .. 35. 122 Licensed Design Professionals .. 11 903 Automatic Sprinkler Systems .. 35. 904 Alternative Automatic Fire-Extinguishing Systems . 37. CHAPTER 2 905 Standpipe Systems .. 37. 907 Fire Alarm and Detection Systems .. 37. DEFINITIONS .. 13. 909 Smoke Control Systems .. 39. Section 910 Smoke and Heat Removal .. 40. 201 General .. 13 912 Fire Department Connections .. 40. 202 Definitions .. 13 913 Fire Pumps .. 40. 916 Yard Hydrants .. 40. CHAPTER 3 USE AND OCCUPANCY. CLASSIFICATION .. 17 CHAPTER 10. MEANS OF EGRESS .. 41. Section 303 Assembly Group A .. 17 Section 304 Business Group B .. 17 1004 Occupant Load .. 41. 305 Educational Group E .. 18 1006 Means of Egress Illumination.
10 42. 307 High Hazard Group H .. 18 1008 Doors, Gates and Turnstiles .. 42. 308 Institutional Group I .. 18 1009 Stairways .. 43. 310 Residential Group R .. 18 1010 Ramps .. 43. 1012 Handrails .. 43. 1013 Guards .. 44. CHAPTER 4 1016 Exit Access Travel Distance .. 45. SPECIAL DETAILED REQUIREMENTS BASED ON USE 1018 Corridors .. 45. AND OCCUPANCY .. 20 1021 Number of Exits and Exit Configuration .. 45. 1022 Interior Exit Stairways and Ramps .. 46. Section 1027 Exit Discharge .. 46. 405 Underground Buildings .. 20. 1028 Assembly .. 46. 407 Groups I-1 and I-2 .. 20. 1029 Emergency Escape and Rescue .. 47. 408 Group I-3 .. 20. 415 Groups H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4 and H-5 .. 21. CHAPTER 11. 425 Day Care Centers .. 21. 426 Bed and Breakfast Establishments .. 24 ACCESSIBILITY .. 48. 427 Subterranean Spaces .. 24 Section 428 Barreled Spirit Storage Buildings .. 24 1103 Scoping Requirements .. 48. 429 Consumer Fireworks Retail Sales Facilities.