house plans
FREE SHIPPING on all house plans! Check Out Our Best Price Guarantee.
Question or to order
Home >> House Plans >> Article
Search entire site
DREAM. LEARN. DISCOVER... GET STARTED.
House Plans
House Plans

Understanding Your Local Code

Tags : , ,
Published On : 09-04-2012
Author :
1850 Views
ShareThis
 Understanding Local Code

Building your dream home begins with finding the ideal piece of property. Even if you haven't decided on a floor plan, investigate how local residential building codes limit the use of the property. Residential building codes establish energy and building guidelines, intended to protect the safety and health of the occupants.

Do you have to comply with the building code? The answer is a definite, “Yes.” Do not try to avoid compliance.  Not only is the building code the law, complying with it will ensure that your house is safe. If there was an accident in your house and someone gets injured or you have a house fire and it was learned that the accident was the result of a building code violation, you would be liable and your homeowners insurance would not cover the injury or loses.

It’s also hard to avoid complying with the building code. When you get your building permit for your house plan, it triggers a series of inspections that must be performed at critical points in the construction. Foundations, framing, plumbing, wiring, insulation, and many more items must be inspected by the inspector for the jurisdiction before they can be covered up with subsequent construction.

Your new house’s floor plan must meet the residential building code in your jurisdiction not just to be legal and complying, but to be safe and healthy. Please never consider the requirements of the residential building code to be onerous, silly requirements. Each provision serves a purpose or addresses a problem that occurred in the past.

Before you even begin to design your house or addition, check with your local building department and find out what building or residential code they use and which edition is in force. You can either purchase a copy of the code or, if it’s available, view it on-line. It is particularly important to be sure you review the local, county, and state pages that amend the standard residential building code in your area. There could be some critical provisions that only apply to where you are building.

If you want to be sure your home building project complies with the residential building code, hire an architect. or licensed deisgner.  These professionals must pass a rigorous exam to ensure they are knowledgeable and understand how to design a house safely, beautifully, and in compliance with the building code.  Also, always remember, we at The Plan Collection are available to guide you in the right direction.

COMMENTS
RELATED ARTICLES
Teddy Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill: A Modern Home for America’s First Modern President
House Plans
4 Top Trends in New Kitchen Design for House Plans
House Plans
Top Benefits – and Design Ideas – for Adding a Mud Room to Your Home Plan
House Plans
Glass Window Trends for Contemporary Homes
House Plans
Top 7 Design Ideas from The 2016 New American Home
House Plans
5 Features to Look for in Contemporary House Plans
House Plans
Top 5 Most-Sought-After Features of Today’s Master Bedroom Suite
House Plans
Hot Fireplace Trends for New Home Plans
House Plans
2015’s Top 10 Most-Expensive Christmas Gifts in Real Estate – And House Plans Alternatives
House Plans
Decluttering Your Home in 2016: Trends in Home Storage
House Plans 101

Search House Plans

Bedrooms
 1  2  3  4  5+
Bathrooms
 1  1½  2  2½  3  3½  4+
Stories Garage Bays
 1  1½  2  1  2  3+
Square Feet
to
View Results
Enter Plan #:
HOUSE PLANS 101
FAQ
Glossary of Terms
Understanding Blueprints
Understanding Copyright
What's included in a set of house plans?
Why pre-drawn house plans?
MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
Building a home plan with an indoor basketball court
House Plans
Plans with Indoor Basketball Courts
House Plans
1. Building on slab vs. crawl space vs. basement? Advantages / disadvantage
House Plans
Garage Plans with Shops, Mother In-Law Suites, Apartments and Bonus Square Footage
House Plans
Luxurious Mountain Craftsman House Plans
House Plans
Beachfront, Coastal and Key West Home Plans
House Plans
European and Luxury House Plans, Large and Small!
House Plans
The Finest Duplex, Town House, and Multi Unit Home Plans
House Plans
The In-Law Suite Revolution
House Plans
Florida and California House Plans With a Tuscan Style
House Plans
ARTICLES BY TOPIC
A Frame House Plans A Home Builders Opinion Air Conditioning Tips All Hallows Eve architectural styles Architecture Arts and Crafts House Plans beachfront house plans Beachfront Houseplans blueprints Building House Plans building log building lots building mistakes bungalow Bungalow House Plans Buy House Plans Cape Cod House Plans celebrity home designs Charity Christmas Coastal House Plans Color Photos Color Schemes
RECENT ARTICLES
Teddy Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill: A Modern Home for America’s First Modern President
House Plans
4 Top Trends in New Kitchen Design for House Plans
House Plans
Top Benefits – and Design Ideas – for Adding a Mud Room to Your Home Plan
House Plans
5 Home Design “Don’ts” for 2016
House Plans
Glass Window Trends for Contemporary Homes
House Plans
Top 7 Design Ideas from The 2016 New American Home
House Plans
5 Features to Look for in Contemporary House Plans
House Plans
Tips for Winter Proofing Your New Home Plans
House Plans 101
Top 5 Most-Sought-After Features of Today’s Master Bedroom Suite
House Plans
Hot Fireplace Trends for New Home Plans
House Plans
© 2016 The Plan Collection, LLC

GeoTrust SSL Seal