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City of Independence
BILL NO. 18-1121st R

Agenda Title:

18-112 - 1R. An ordinance amending Article 5, “Building Code,” of Chapter 4 of the Independence City Code and adopting the 2018 Edition of the International Building Code and making other necessary revisions.

Staff recommends approval.

Executive Summary:

The 2018 International Building Code (IBC) is a comprehensive building code that establishes minimum regulations for building systems using prescriptive and performance related provisions.  It is founded on broad base principles that make possible the use of new materials and new building designs.  The International Building Code is kept up to date through the review of proposed changes submitted by code officials, industry representatives, design professionals, and other interested parties.  The building industry builds to the conformance of the International Building Code.  This 2018 Edition is fully compatible with all the Internationals Codes, published by the International Code Council.  Adoption of this code will adhere to Insurance Services Organization (ISO) requirements. 


Updated editions of the IBC are published on a three (3) year cycle.  The City of Independence is currently using the 2012 International Building Code.  The 2018 IBC is the latest version of the code.  Staff has met regularly with an informal code advisory panel that included staff members from other municipalities in the region to review and discuss the latest codes for adoption.  These regional municipalities are adopting the 2018 IBC.  The majority of the changes are due to reorganizing the Article.

Department:          Community DevelopmentContact Person:          Tom Scannell

Community Development DepartmentApproved
Finance DepartmentApproved
Law DepartmentApproved
City Managers OfficeApproved
City Clerk DepartmentApproved

Council Action:          Council Action:          Accepted

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