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Old 10-08-2009, 04:49 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me how to find a copy of the building codes for NC. I was told to contact the department of insurance but they said they dont have a copy in the local office and are not sure of the website...... I need to make sure my shed is up to code. P.S. anyone know if ineed a permet for 120 sq ft shed?? I can easily call about that though.


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Your library MIGHT have them?

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Old 10-08-2009, 06:38 PM   #3
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In most of the civilized world, a shed of 120 sf or less would not need a permit or have to meet code, but it is wise to build it properly and not cheaply.

Your local code office should have a reference copy of the current code (can't take it with you). They have to buy the code and since building codes and permits are not a profit generator, they minimize the overhead cost (free codes), because they spend more on inspections than they get for permits (most offices). The municipalities just adopt the codes that are basically written by volunteer members (inspectors, engineers, architects, suppliers, contractors, etc.). They get a minimal number of codes anf have to buy the rest from the publisher.
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Probably the easiest way is to just ask your local inspector what is needed to build your shed. If there are any "codes" he will tell you what to build to.
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The code won't likely give you the info you need. Different municipalities within the same state have different requirements for setbacks, square footages, heights and what needs a permit and what doesn't. Best to call the building department and discuss the code and any local ordinances you need to be aware of.
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I already have the set back infor and am just gonna call about the permit requirements. I really would just like to have a copy of the codes, even if unnecessary for this project. I might want to build a deck or finish a room in my basement and would generally just like the ability to have access to codes.


On the other topic is the only way to know if I need a permit to just call and ask? Like say I want to remove a non bearing wall to combine my kitchen/eating area for example. Or do you basically need permits for any changes like this done??
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"In most of the civilized world, a shed of 120 sf or less would not need a permit." Well, I do know for a fact that in my county, and three others, way down here in S. GA. anything over nine (9) square foot requires a permit. Why nine square feet? When a well is drilled here, they pour a concrete pad to hold the well casing and it is nine square feet. Anything over that needs a permit. Ironically, IF you want to build a "well house" to keep a jet pump or your electrical wiring out of the elements, you will need a permit to cover that nine square feet of concrete. Permits=money. Any way I look at it. Thanks, David
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isn't there a place I can view the codes without purchasing?? did not realize it was 100 plus dollars
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isn't there a place I can view the codes without purchasing?? did not realize it was 100 plus dollars
Just City Hall or the library. Code books are not cheap. And they're certainly not available for free.

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