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The International Building Code, published by the International Code Council, as adopted by the state of Washington as Chapter 51-50 WAC, together with any supplements thereto, 2018 Edition, be and they are adopted by reference with the following amendments:

Section 105.2 is amended to read as follows:

105.2 Work exempt from permit. Permits shall not be required for the following. Exemption from permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction. This section will be amended as follows:

1. One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 144 square feet.

2. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.

3. Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.

4. Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade, and not over any basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route.

5. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.

6. Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.

7. Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy that are less than 24 inches deep, are not greater than 5,000 gallons and are installed entirely above ground.

8. Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes, not including service systems.

9. Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one and two family dwellings.

10. Window awnings in Group R-3 and U occupancies, supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.

11. Non-fixed and movable fixtures, cases and racks, counters and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches in height.

Section 105.5 is amended to read as follows:

105.5 Expiration. If the work described in any building permit has not begun within one hundred eighty days from the date of issuance thereof, said permit shall expire. If the work described in any building permit has not been substantially completed within 18 months of the date of issuance thereof, said permit shall expire. Work on the project shall not proceed unless a new building permit has been obtained.

Section 109.2 is amended to read as follows:

109.2 Schedule of permit fees. On buildings, structures, gas, mechanical and plumbing systems or alterations requiring a permit, a fee for each permit shall be paid as required, in accordance with:

109.2.1 Table B building permit fees for other than single-family dwellings codified in chapter 19.14.150.

109.2.2 Plan Review Fees. When submittal documents are required, a plan review fee shall be paid. Such plan review fee shall be sixty-five percent of the building permit fee as shown in Tables B and G-1. The plan review fees specified in this section are separate fees from the permit fees specified in this section and are in addition to the permit fees. When submittal documents are incomplete or change so as to require additional plan review or when the project involves phased approval, an additional plan review fee shall be charged at the rate shown in Table G-1 or B.

109.2.3. Table G-1 grading permit fees codified in chapter 19.14.160

109.2.4 Manufactured home. A building permit will be required before any manufactured home shall be permitted in the city. A fee of one hundred twenty-five dollars shall be charged for mobile homes placed in mobile home parks, one hundred ninety for single wide manufactured homes, three hundred dollars for double or triple wide manufactured homes placed outside of established manufactured home parks.

Section 109.4 is amended to read as follows:

109.4 Work commencing before permit issuance.

Any person who commences any work on a building, structure, gas, mechanical or plumbing system before obtaining the necessary permits shall be subject to a fee equal to the amount of the permit fee required by this chapter and said fee shall be in addition to the required permit fees. The payment of such investigation fee shall not exempt any person from compliance with all other provisions of this code nor from any penalty prescribed by law.

Section 109.6 is amended to read as follows:

109.6 Refunds. The building official is authorized to establish a refund policy.

The building official may authorize refunding of any fee paid hereunder which was erroneously paid or collected.

The building official may authorize refunding of not more than 80 percent of the permit fee paid when no work has been done under a permit issued in accordance with this code.

The building official may authorize refunding of not more than 80 percent of the plan review fee paid when an application for a permit for which a plan review fee has been paid is withdrawn or canceled before any plan reviewing is done.

The building official shall not authorize refunding of any fee paid except on written application filed by the original permittee no later than 180 days after the date of fee payment.

Section 113.1 is amended to read as follows:

113.1 General. In order to determine the suitability of alternate materials and methods of construction and in order to provide for final interpretation of the provisions of this code and to hear appeals provided for hereunder, appeals follow the process under AMC table 19.20.030 and appeals 19.20.180.

Section 3002.4 is amended to read as follows:

3002.4 Stretcher Requirements. In all structures four or more stories above grade plane or four or more stories below grade plane, and in all groups A, B, E, I, R1, R2, R4 and LC occupancies where elevators are installed, at least one elevator shall be provided for fire department emergency access to all floors. Such elevator car shall be provided with a minimum clear distance between walls or between walls and door including return panels, of not less than 86 inches by 54 inches (2184 mm by 1272 mm), and a minimum distance from wall to return panel of not less than 51 inches (1295 mm) with a 42-inch (1067 mm) side slide door, unless otherwise designed to accommodate an ambulance-type stretcher 86 inches (2184 mm) by 26 inches (660 mm) in the horizontal position. The elevator(s) shall be identified by the international symbol for emergency medical services (Star of Life). The symbol shall not be less than 3 inches (76 mm) and placed inside on both sides of the hoist way doorframe. The symbol shall be placed no lower than 78 inches (1981 mm) from the floor level or higher than 84 inches (2134 mm) from floor level.

Exception: Elevators serving only one dwelling unit.

In buildings where one elevator does not serve all floors, two or more elevators may be used.

(Ord. 3081 § 1 (App. A), 2021; Ord. 2992 § 1 (Att. A), 2016; Ord. 2981 § 1, 2016; Ord. 2905 § 2(App. A), 2013)