In accordance with City Code Sections 10-14(a)(5) and 11-40 - section 108, the City’s Building-related and Fire Codes Appeals and Advisory Board (BRFCAAB) has begun the process of conducting public hearings on nationally recognized building-related and fire codes (building, existing building, residential, fire, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fuel gas and energy codes), in order to make recommendations to the Building Official and Fire Chief for adoption or local amendment.
As part of that process, the BRFCAAB is reviewing the technical provisions of the following codes:
2018 International Building Code, IBC
2018 International Existing Building Code, IEBC
2018 International Residential Code, IRC
2018 International Fire Code, IFC
2018 International Mechanical Code, IMC
2018 International Plumbing Code, IPC
2018 International Fuel Gas Code, IFGC
2018 International Energy Conservation Code, IECC
2017 National Electrical Code, NEC
At the Board meeting on October 4th, 2017, the BRFCAAB established the following subcommittees in accordance with City Code Section 10-14(a)(5):
• Mechanical Code Subcommittee - Meeting November 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - Tobin Room
• Plumbing and Fuel Gas Code Subcommittee – Meeting October 30, 2017, 2:00 pm - Tobin Room
• Building, Existing Building, Residential, and Fire Code Subcommittee - Meeting November 15, 2017, 9:00 a.m.- Tobin Room
• Energy Code Subcommittee - Meeting November 14, 2017, 2:00 pm - Tobin Room
All meetings will be held at 1901 S. Alamo in the designated meeting rooms unless otherwise noted.
*The BRFCAAB Chairman created the Electrical Code Subcommittee in February 2017.
These subcommittees will be holding open public hearings to review the technical provisions of the new codes and proposed amendments thereto. All code review subcommittee meetings and public hearings will be posted. DSD and SAFD recommend that all interested stakeholders participate to help us once again adopt the appropriate minimum building-related and fire codes for San Antonio.
Once all of the subcommittees complete their reviews, they will present their recommendations to the full BRFCAAB for review and consideration. Once the full board completes their review, the Board will make a recommendation to the Building Official and Fire Chief who will present their recommendations on a Code Adoption Ordinance to the Community Heath and Equity Council Committee.
As reported earlier this year, the BRFCAAB Electrical Code Subcommittee that was formed in February 2017 is about to complete its review of the 2017 NEC.
DSD will post and maintain a calendar of the proposed subcommittee technical review meetings and will post updated drafts of the different codes on our website in the near future.
City Council Consideration near April/May, 2018 with an effective adoption date of June/July, 2018.