Your new roof should comply with Utah building code. You likely don’t have time to learn and memorize all the laws surrounding roof replacements in Utah, but it helps to gain a general understanding of Utah building code and how to ensure you’re in compliance.
What Is the IBC?
Every town and city has their own building code bylaws, but for the most part, all local Utah building code is based on the IBC — the International Building Code. The International Code Council formed the IBC to establish a set of building standards that would have no regional ties and could be used around the world. Many countries outside the U.S. base their building code on the IBC.
One of the primary reasons the IBC exists is to help standardize safe building practices that prevent fires and provide accessibility. Since the IBC is connected to other codes like the International Plumbing Code and International Mechanical Code, when a city or town adopts the IBC standards, it typically includes all related codes.
Contact Your Town
Salt Lake City is one example of a city that bases its code on the IBC, although they added on amendments that deal with a range of topics. These include snow load roofing standards that address regional roofing demands.
To find out if your town uses IBC, contact your local permits and zoning office or the town hall. The permit office can give you insight into how to begin your re-roofing project and what you’ll need to provide for permit approval.
Choose a Contractor
For the most part, projects that are as extensive as a roof replacement require a contractor to complete the building permit application process. Consult with a seasoned roofing team and fill them in on the requirements for your town. Better yet, find a contractor that knows exactly what your town requires, such as site plans and a copy of the contractor’s license.
A local, licensed, experienced contractor will be familiar with the process and you may not even have to visit the permit office.
Follow Up on Inspections and Alterations
To ensure the work is completed correctly, an inspection will take place after the job is done. Your contractor should schedule this, and they should make themselves available to quickly make any repairs required in order to pass. No roofing project is complete until you know for sure that the job is in line with Utah building code and your home is safe and legal.
Trust Knockout Roofing to complete quality work that meets all Utah building code standards and lasts for decades to come.