ORDINANCE NO. 3406

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF THE CITY OF AUBURN ALABAMA TO AMEND AND CHANGE CERTAIN SECTIONS OF THE 2021 INTERNATIONAL

RESIDENTIAL CODE AND THE 2020 NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE

BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Auburn, Alabama, as follows:

Section 5. Section 5-46 of the Code of the City of Auburn is hereby amended to read as follows:

Sec. 5-46. Adoption of the International Residential Code with the Alabama Residential Building and Energy Code amendments.

(a) Adoption. The International Residential Code 2021 Edition with the Alabama Residential Building and Energy Code amendments, but deleting Sections R103, 105.3.1.1, R112, R301.2.4,

R322, and those portions which are deleted, modified or amended in this article, is hereby adopted and enacted as part of the law of the city and the same shall be known as the

International Residential Code of the City and may be cited as such.

(b) Amendments. The International Residential Code with Alabama Residential Building and Energy Code amendments adopted in this article are amended and changed in the following

respects:

Section 310.1 Emergency escape and rescue opening required is hereby amended to read as follows:

Basements, habitable attics and every sleeping room shall have not less than one operable emergency escape and rescue opening. Where basements contain one or more sleeping rooms,

an emergency escape and rescue opening shall be required in each sleeping room. Emergency escape and rescue openings shall open directly into a yard or court.

Exceptions:

1. Storm shelters and basements used only to house mechanical equipment not exceeding a total floor area of 200 square feet (18.58 m2).

2. Where the dwelling unit or townhouse unit is equipped with an automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section P2904, sleeping rooms in basements shall not be

required to have emergency escape and rescue openings provided that the basement has one of the following:

a. One means of egress complying with Section R311 and one emergency escape and rescue opening.

b. Two means of egress complying with Section R311.

Section 312.1.1 Where Required is hereby amended to read as follows:

Guards shall be located along open-sided walking surfaces, including stairs, ramps and landings, that are located more than 30 inches measured vertically to the floor or grade below at

any point within 36 inches horizontally to the edge of the open side. All retaining walls over 6 feet in height shall also require a guard. Insect screening shall not be considered as a guard

unless is tested and approved by authority having jurisdiction.

Section R315.2.2 Alterations, repairs and additions.

Where alterations, repairs or additions requiring a permit occur, the individual dwelling unit shall be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms located as required for new dwellings.

Exceptions:

3. Work involving the exterior surfaces of dwellings, such as the replacement of roofing or siding, or the addition or replacement of windows or doors, or the addition of a porch or deck.

4. Installation, alteration or repairs of plumbing or mechanical systems.

5. Installation, alteration or repairs of mechanical systems that are not fuel fired.

6. Changeout or repair of an existing fuel fired mechanical system not associated with other aspects of an alteration or addition

Section R403.1.1.1 Reinforcement is hereby amended to read as follows:

Two continuous No. 4 bars shall be required in all exterior wall perimeter concrete footings including turn downs and thickenings for monolithic slabs.

Section R403.1.6.2 Anchorage of Columns:

Porch roof columns shall be anchored to provide uplift capacity equivalent to a รณ inch anchor bolt every 10 linear feet of roof line.

Section R807.1 Attic access is hereby amended to read as follows:

Buildings with combustible ceiling or roof construction shall have an attic access opening to attic areas that exceed 30 square feet (2.8 m2) and have a vertical height of 30 inches (762 mm)

or greater. The vertical height shall be measured from the top of the ceiling framing members to the underside of the roof framing members.

The rough-framed opening shall not be less than 22 inches by 30 inches (559 mm by 762 mm) and shall be located in a hallway or other location with ready access. Where located in a wall,

the opening shall not be less than 22 inches wide by 30 inches high (559 mm wide by 762 mm high). Where the access is located in a ceiling, minimum unobstructed headroom in the attic

space shall be 30 inches (762 mm) at some point above the access measured vertically from the bottom of ceiling framing members. See Section M1305.1.3 for access requirements where

mechanical equipment is located in attics. Mechanical equipment and water heaters within attics shall not require a portable ladder to access them.

Section P3008.1 Sewage backflow is hereby amended to read as follows:

Backwater valves shall be installed as required by the City of Auburn Water Resource Design Manual. This will include private sewer systems.

Section E3902.3 Outdoor Outlets is hereby amended to read as follows:

125-volt through 250-volt receptacles installed outdoors and supplied by single-phase branch circuits rated 150 volts or less to ground shall have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection

for personnel.

If equipment supplied by an outlet covered under the requirements of this section is replaced, the outlet shall be supplied with GFCI protection.

Exception:

1. Receptacles as covered in Section E4101.7 [210.8(A)(3)]

2. GFCI protection shall not be required for listed HVAC equipment.

Section 6. Section 5-65 of the Code of the City of Auburn is hereby amended to read as follows:

Sec. 5-65. Adoption of the National Electrical Code .

(a) The National Electrical Code, 2020 Edition, recommended by the National Fire Protection Association is hereby adopted and enacted as part of the law of the city and the same shall be

known as the Electrical Code of the city and may be cited as such.

(b) Amendments. The National Electrical Code adopted in this article are amended and changed in the following respects:

Section 210.8(F) Outdoor Outlets is hereby amended to read as follows:

For dwellings, all outdoor outlets, other than those covered in 210.8(A), Exception No. 1, including outlets installed in the following locations, and supplied by single-phase branch circuits

rated 150 volts or less to ground, 50 amperes or less, shall be provided with GFCI protection:

If equipment supplied by an outlet covered under the requirements of this section is replaced, the outlet shall be supplied with GFCI protection.

Exception:

1. GFCI protection shall not be required on lighting outlets other than those covered in 210.8(C).

2. GFCI protection shall not be required for listed HVAC equipment.

ADOPTED AND APPROVED by the Council of the City of Auburn, Alabama, on this 6th day of December, 2022.

/s/ Ron Anders, Jr.,

Mayor

ATTEST:

/s/ Megan McGowen Crouch,

City Manager

The Villager

December 29, 2022

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