New Residential Building Codes Coming For Buffalo

New Residential Building Codes Coming For Buffalo
Toby Rhoades
Toby Rhoades

New 2012 residential building codes will be adopted by the city in the coming weeks, and that means contractors, and homeowners in some cases, will need to familiarize themselves with the new rules and regulations concerning upgrades to existing buildings, and those on new construction as well.

Buffalo City Building Inspector Toby Rhoades informed the council in recent meetings that he will be bringing changes for the council to review, and that he will be holding classes for contractors to attend to familiarize themselves with the changes as well.

He explains some of the major changes coming.

Also, there are changes to how attics and crawl spaces are ventilated, and those will be adopted by the city as well.

The city adopted the 2006 codes, and there were upgrades and changes in 2009, which Rhoades said a lot of cities around the country didn't adopt, but most, like Buffalo, will be adopting the new standards for 2012.

He is writing the specific changes that will be adopted by the city, and said those changes will be adapted to specific local Ordinances and requirements.

Contractors will be required to take an open-book test for certification and to receive their city-issued work permit, with the next testing period tentatively scheduled for December.

Rhoades explains why the new codes are important to the city, and especially, the homeowner.

For more information, contact City Building Inspector Toby Rhoades at 684-5566, extension 6.

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