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Building Industry Bulletin 2016 Building Code Update

The role of the Building Division is to enforce the provisions of the Building Code. The intent and purpose of the Building Code is to establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the public safety, health and general welfare, through affordability, structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, light and ventilation, energy conservation and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment.

The Building Division reviews construction documents and issues permits for the erection, and alteration, demolition and moving of buildings and structures, inspects the properties for which such permits have been issued and enforces the provisions of the Building Code.

 

 

Code Enforcement

The Building Division also enforces city code violations that are blight issues or hazards that are seen by public view or reported to code enforcement. Personnel assigned to this program are responsible for investigating city code violations, seeking compliance via education and enforcement efforts up to and including civil/criminal prosecutions.

 

What is a violation?

Code Enforcement administers an enforcement program that investigates and corrects violations of the City's Municipal Codes that govern the use and maintenance of private, residential property and commercial property. Code Enforcement also investigates and conducts inspections involving vehicle abatement, blight and nuisance, weed abatement, unsafe, illegal or unlicensed construction or conversions, and illegal dumping.

Here are examples of some of the code violations that we investigate:

  • Vehicles parked in yards
  • Weeds and overgrown vegetation
  • Zoning violations
  • Trash container storage
  • Trash and debris
  • Parking or storage of recreational vehicles (RVs) and/or trailers in streets

 

What is not a violation?

Code Enforcement does not handle neighbor disputes or civil problems involving one individual against another that do not violate public law. Examples of civil issues are fencing repair disputes; overhanging tree branches (when one neighbor's trees or plants drop leaves, debris or cause damage to another's property or fence); over-watering of lawns; and enforcement of private conditions, covenants and illegal dumping.

 

 

Mandatory Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling

 

All projects with a valuation of more than $65,000.00 must reuse or recycle construction or demolition debris.

At least fifty (50) percent by weight of the total construction and demolition debris generated by a project must be reused or recycled.

 

Before starting any work

Contractors and builders must fill out a Construction Waste Management Form and return it to the City along with the required deposit. After the C & D Reuse/Recycling Plan has been reviewed by the City, a plan for a building or demolition permit will be returned within a timely manner. The applicant shall post a cash deposit in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00) for each estimated ton of construction and/or demolition debris but not less than five hundred dollars ($500.00). 

 

During the demolition or construction project

Contractors and builders must recycle or divert the required percentages of materials, and keep records thereof in tonnage or in other measurements approved by the Compliance Officer that can be converted to tonnage. The Compliance Officer will evaluate and monitor each project to gauge whether the diversion of a minimum of the required percentages of the demolition and construction debris will be measured separately with respect to the demolition segment and the construction segment of a project where both demolition and construction are involved. On-site separation shall be undertaken to the extent feasible.

 

Within sixty (60) days following the completion of the demolition project, and again within sixty (60) days following the completion of the construction project

the contractor shall, as a condition precedent to final approval and to issuance of any certificate of occupancy, submit documentation to the Compliance Officer that the Diversion Requirement for the Project has been met. The Diversion Requirement shall be that the Applicant has complied with the C&D Reuse/Recycling Plan. Any deposit posted pursuant to Section 10C.4 shall be forfeited if the permittee does not meet the timely reporting requirements of this section. This documentation shall include receipts from the vendor or facility which collected or received each material showing the actual weight or volume of that material;

The deposit or cash bond shall be returned, without interest, in total or in proportion, upon proof to the satisfaction of the Compliance Officer, that no less than the required percentages or proven proportion of those percentages of the tons of debris generated by the demolition and/or construction project have been diverted from landfills and have been recycled or reused. If a lesser percentage of tons or cubic yards than required is diverted, a proportionate share of the deposit will not be returned. The deposit shall be forfeited entirely or to the extent that there is a failure to comply with the requirements of this chapter. The amount of this fee shall be determined in accordance with the then current resolution of the City Council determining the same.

 

Download Construction Waste Management Form

 

 

 

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Development Impact Fee Schedule

  Single Family
Residential
(per dwelling unit)
Multi-Family
Residential
(per dwelling unit)
Commercial
and
Industrial
Administrative Facilities $253.91 $253.91 $235.54
(per 1,000sf)
Fire Facilities $116.32 $116.32 $107.90
(per 1,000sf)
Law Enforcement Facilities $242.17 $242.17 $224.65
(per 1,000sf)
Library Facilities $263.52 $245.14 No Fee
Park Facilities $1,504.92 $1,399.92 No Fee
Circulation Facilities $514.76 $357.69 $22.43 per ADT
Total $2,895.59 $2,615.16 varies
(land use dependent)
Water Capacity Fees = 2,213.78 per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU)
Sewer Capacity Fees = 1,844.82 per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU)

 

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Useful Links:

2013 California Codes
ADA Standards for Accessible Design
Check a Contractor License or Home Improvement Salesperson (HIS) Registration

 

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Inspection Request at:

Telephone: (760) 355-1151
Email: inspections@cityofimperial.org
Form: Inspection Request Instructions
Online Inspection Request Form
 

 

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Building Forms:

Imperial Building Application
Patio Cover Model - (Requirements Specifications)
Swimming Pool Demolition Procedure
New Residential Requirements
Room Addition Requirements
Work Exempt From Permit
Working with No Permit
Construction Waste Management Report

 

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Code Enforcement Forms and Documents:

Grass and Weeds Pamphlet
Request Administrative Review of a Citation

ADA Accommodation Barriel Removal Form

For other city forms, please click here to visit the City Forms Section

 

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