City of Pierre News

Posted on: June 30, 2016

City Adopts New Building Code: Fence Amendment Incorporated

PIERRE, S.D. – The City of Pierre has adopted the 2015 Edition of the International I-Codes (IBC, IRC, IEBC, IPMC). The I-Codes are an internationally recognized set of building standards designed to ensure the safety and integrity of new and remodeled structures, as well as other construction projects.

The 2015 I-Codes include updated standards for commercial and residential structures, small remodeling projects and property maintenance.

“Adopting the I-Codes is a major undertaking,” said Jeff Runyan, City of Pierre Building Official. “The code is more than 2,000 pages long and requires a comprehensive review of all the contracting standards mandated by the city.”

The adoption process does allow communities to react to local needs through an amendment process, and Runyan says that the City did make an amendment of note.

Building permits are now required for the construction of all fences that are 30 inches or more in height. Runyan says the amendment is designed to equip property owners with accurate information.

“It’s very common for a homeowner to inadvertently construct a fence on the neighbor’s property,” said Runyan. “Through the permitting process, property lines are clearly identified helping ensure fences are placed in proper locations.”

The I-Codes are updated every 3 years. For more information, visit www.iccsafe.org.

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