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Chapter 6

BUILDINGS AND BUILDING REGULATIONS*

*Cross references-Extraterritorial jurisdiction of certain ordinances, § 1-11; alarm systems, Ch. 2.5; fire prevention and protection, Ch. 8; adoption of Life Safety Code, § 8-1; flammable liquid tanks, § 8-3; public swimming pools, § 11-31 et seq.; housing code, § 12-16 et seq.; barbed wire or electric fences, § 14-227; mobile homes and mobile home parks, Ch. 15; nuisances, Ch.  17; house num­bering, § 19-16 et seq.; moving of buildings, § 22-81 et seq.; subdivisions, Ch. 23; water, sewers and sewage disposal, Ch. 26; zoning, Ch. 27.

State law reference-Authority of city to regulate building construction, R.R.S, 1943, 16-234. 

   
Art.    I. In General, §§ 6-1--6-15
Art.   II. Building Code, §§ 6-16--6-30
Art.  III. Building Contractors, §§ 6-31--6-50
     Div. 1. Generally, §§ 6-31--6-35
     Div. 2. Registration, §§ 6-36--6-50
Art.  IV. Electrical Code, §§ 6-51--6-105
    Div. 1. Generally, §§ 6-51--6-70
    Div. 2. Contractor's Licenses and Regulations, §§ 6-71--6-90
    Div. 3. Permits and Inspections, §§ 6-91--6-105
Art.   V. Mechanical Code, §§ 6-106--6-12
Art.  VI. Plumbing, §§ 6-121--6-160
    Div. 1. Generally, §§ 6-121--6-130
    Div. 2. Plumbing Board, §§ 6-131--6-140
    Div. 3. Permits, §§ 6-141--6-160
Art. VII. One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code, §§ 6-161--6-163
Art. VIII Energy Conservation, §§ 6-171--6-173
Art. IX Property Maintenance Code, §§ 6-181--6-184

ARTICLE I.  IN GENERAL

Sec. 6-1.  Reserved.

 

Editor's note--Section 6-1, which adopted the flood insurance program and derived from Ord. No. 3488, § 2, adopted June 15, 1987, was deleted as being superseded by § 27-231 of Ord. No. 4079, the new zoning ordinance.

 

Sec. 6-2.  Personal liability of enforcement personnel.

 

City officers or employees who are charged with the enforce­ment of this chapter and who act in good faith and without malice in the discharge of their duties, shall not be liable personally and are hereby relieved from all personal liability for any damage that may accrue to persons or property as a result of any act required or by reason of any act or omission in the discharge of their duties.  Any suit brought against any of such officers or employees because of act or omission performed in the enforce­ment of any provision of this chapter, shall be defended by the legal department of the city until termination of the proceedings.

 

Source: Code 1962, § 4-2-6

Cross reference-City officers and employees generally, § 2-46 et seq.

 

Sec. 6-3.  Wellhead protection.

 

(a)   The minimum horizontal distance separating any municipal water well from each of the following potential contamination sources shall be as set forth below:

 

Distance
Potential Contamination Source (feet)
Absorption or disposal field for waste 500
Cesspool 500
Chemical or petroleum product storage 500
Corral 500
Dump 500
Feedlot or Feedlot runoff 500
Nonpotable water well 1,000
Pit toilet 500
Sanitary landfill 500
Sanitary sewer connection 100
Sanitary sewer line 50
Sanitary sewer line (permanently watertight) 10
Sanitary sewer manhole 100
Septic tank 500
Sewage lagoon 1,000
Sewage treatment plant 500
Sewage wet well 500
Closed-loop food grade heat pump 500

 

(b)   The provisions of this section shall supersede any land use regulation which allows for the installation of a potential contaminant source on a parcel of land.  Nothing in this section shall be construed to allow the installation or maintenance of any potential contamination source which is restricted or prohibited by any federal, state or local law, statute, regulation or ordinance.

 

(c)   This regulation shall not be applicable to any potential contaminant sources constructed or in use at the time of the enactment of this section. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3928, § 1, 2-1-93

 

Sec. 6-4. Reserved.

 

Source: Ord. No. 4352, §§ 1, 2, 7-6-98; Ord. No. 5024, § 1, 8-18-08

Editor’s note—Exhibit “A” attached to Ord. No. 4352, adopted on  July 6, 1998, is on file and available for inspection  in  the office of the city clerk.

 

Sec. 6-5.  No permit fee for city-owned projects.

 

No permit fee shall be assessed by the Prevention Bureau for construction or maintenance of any city-owned facility or project.  This shall be inclusive of building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits, or any other permit that shall be deemed necessary by the Prevention Bureau for such project.

 

Source: Ord. No. 4384, § 1(6-4), 11-2-98

 

ARTICLE II.  BUILDING CODE*

*Cross reference-Extraterritorial jurisdiction of certain ordinances, § 1-1 1.

State law reference-Authority of city to regulate building construction, R.R.S. 1943, 16-234.

 

Sec. 6-16.  Adoption by reference.

 

A certain document, one (1) copy which is on file in the office of the city clerk of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska, being marked and designated as the "2006 International Building Code" as published by The International Code Council, Inc. is hereby adopted as the building code of the City of Norfolk, Ne­braska, as if fully set out in this section, with the additions, in­sertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in section 6-18 of this article. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3050, § 1, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3482, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 3789, § 1, 5-6-91; Ord. No. 4384, § 2, 11-2-98; Ord. No. 4703, § 1, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4969, § 1, 9-17-07

 

Sec. 6-17.  Conflicts.

 

In the event of a conflict between the provisions of the publica­tion adopted by reference in this article and any other provisions of this Code, such other provisions of this Code shall be controlling. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 4703, § 1, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-18.  Additions, insertions and changes.

 

The following sections of the building code adopted in Section 6-16 are hereby revised as follows:

 

Section 101.1.  Insert:  The City of Norfolk, Nebraska.

 

Section 104.1.  General.  Add the following after the last sentence:

 

The code official shall also be responsible for zoning ordinance enforcement, issuance of street excavation permits and curb grind permits, attendance at all planning commission meetings, board of adjustment meetings, and all meetings pertinent to this position.

 

Insert the following after Sec. 104.7:

 

Section 104.7.1.  Accounting:  The code official shall keep an accurate account of all fees collected and such collected fees shall be turned in daily to the city clerk.

 

Section 105.2.  Amend item 1 under “Building” to read as follows:

 

1.  One-story detached accessory structures used as playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 64 square feet.

 

Section 106.3.1.  Delete this section.

 

Section 108.2.  Schedule of permit fees.  Insert the Building Permit Fees as set forth in Section 2-5 of the Norfolk City Code  

 

Section 113.4.  Violation penalties.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Any person who shall violate a provision of this code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, construct, alter or repair a building or structure in violation of an approved plan or directive of the code official, or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code, shall be guilty of an offense punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).  Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.

 

Section 114.2.  Issuance.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Upon notice from the code official, work on any building or structure that is being done contrary to the provisions of this code or in a dangerous or unsafe manner shall immediately cease.  Such notice shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property, or to the owner’s agent, or to the person doing the work.  The notice shall state the conditions under which work is authorized to resume.  Where an emergency exists, the code official shall not be required to give a written notice prior to stopping the work, however, a written notice as provided for in this section shall be given as soon as practicable following the work stoppage order.

 

Section 114.3.  Unlawful continuance.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Any person who shall continue any work in or about the structure after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be liable for a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).

 

Section 1013.3.  Insert the following at the end of the first paragraph and prior to Exceptions:

 

Required guards shall not be constructed with horizontal rails or other ornamental pattern that results in a ladder effect.

 

Section 1013.3  Exceptions.  Delete item 5.

 

Section 1612.3.  Establishment of flood hazard areas.  Amend to read as follows:

 

To establish flood hazard areas, the governing body has adopted flood hazard maps and regulations as set forth in Chapter 27 of the Official Code of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska.  The adopted flood hazard maps and supporting data are hereby adopted by reference and declared to be part of this section.

 

Section 3410.2.  Applicability.  Insert:  September 17, 2007

 

Adopt Appendix B – Board of Appeals.

 

Adopt Appendix F – Rodent Proofing.

 

Source: Ord. No. 4384, § 3, 11-2-98; Ord. No. 4703, § 2, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4969, § 2, 9-17-07; Ord. No. 5135, § 5, 9-7-10

Editor’s note—Section 3 of Ord. No. 4384, adopted Nov. 2, 1998, repealed § 6-18 and enacted new similar provisions to read as herein set out.  Former § 6-18 derived from Ord. No. 3088, adopted Sept. 7, 1982; Ord. No. 3455, adopted Feb. 17, 1987; Ord. No. 3482, adopted June 15, 1987; and Ord. No. 3789, adopted May 6, 1991.

 

Sec. 6-19.  Beginning construction without obtaining permit.

 

        No person shall begin to construct, erect, enlarge, structurally alter or demolish any building, structure or sign without first obtaining a building permit.  All permit fees shall be paid prior to the issuance of any permit. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3789, § 3, 5-6-91

 

ARTICLE III.  BUILDING CONTRACTORS

 DIVISION 1. GENERALLY

 

 DIVISION 2. REGISTRATION

 

Sec. 6-36.  Registration certificate--Required; exceptions.

 

(a)   Every person engaged in the business of constructing, altering or remodeling of one- and two family dwellings shall register as a residential building contractor with the city.  Any person who is the owner and will reside in the one-family dwelling he or she is constructing is exempted from the registration requirement set forth in this section provided he or she constructs not more than one (1) dwelling in a two-year period and certifies in writing that he or she will reside in such dwelling following its completion.

 

(b)   Every person engaged in the construction, alteration or remodeling of any sign, structure or building other than one- or two-family dwellings shall register as a commercial building contractor with the city.  Registration as a commercial building contractor shall also allow the registrant to construct, alter or remodel one- and two-family dwellings.

 

(c)    The requirements of this section shall not apply to any property owner constructing, altering or remodeling a sign equal to or less than eighty (80) square feet in area on his or her own property. 

 

Source: Code 1962, 4-1-4; Ord. No. 3050, § 3(A), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4138, § 1, 1-8-96; Ord. No. 4384, § 4, 11-2-98; Ord. No. 5059, § 1, 4-20-09

 

Sec. 6-37.  Same--Prerequisite to building permit.

 

Registration required pursuant to the provisions of this division of the Code shall be completed before any building permit is issued.  No building permit shall be issued until a copy of the registration has been filed in the office of the code official.  The registration requirement of this section may be waived at the discretion of the code official when the contemplated project is less than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00), is minor in regard to construction techniques and design, and does not effect life safety elements.  In no event shall the registration requirement of any person be waived when said person is issued more than one building permit in any calendar year. 

 

Source: Code 1962, § 4-1-4; Ord. No. 3050, § 3(B), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4384, § 4, 11-2-98

 

Sec. 6-38.  Same--Fee.

 

Any person desiring a contractor’s registration shall pay a fee as set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code.

 

Source: Code 1962, § 4-1-4; Ord. No. 3050, § 3(C), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4138, § 2, 1-8-96; Ord. No. 4384, § 4, 11-2-98; Ord. No. 4760, § 1, 11-15-04; Ord. No. 5135, § 5, 9-7-10

 

Sec. 6-39.  Same--Certificate of insurance.

 

(a)   No registration shall be completed pursuant to the provisions of this division until the applicant for same furnishes and maintains during all times that the registration is in effect, bodily injury and property damage liability insurance coverage with limits of at least one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) per occurrence.

 

(b)   The registrant shall furnish the city with a certificate of such insurance coverage, which shall note that the insurance coverage shall not be terminated except upon thirty (30) days’ written notice to the City of Norfolk.

 

(c)   The policy of insurance required by this section shall be purchased at the expense of the registrant, shall be in effect for at least one (1) year from the date of registration, and shall provide coverage of products, hazards and completed operations.  Expiration or cancellation of the policy shall automatically suspend the registration until a substitute policy has been obtained, and a certificate of that fact filed in the office of the city. 

 

Source: Code 1962, § 4-1-4 ; Ord. No. 4384, § 4, 11-2-98; Ord. No. 4703, § 3, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4760, § 2, 11-15-04

 

Sec. 6-40.  Same--Expiration date.

 

Registration pursuant to the provisions of this division shall expire on December 31 of the final year of each three-year registration cycle.  The initial registration cycle shall terminate on December 31, 2001 and subsequent cycles shall terminate every three (3) years thereafter. 

 

Source: Code 1962, § 4-1-4; Ord. No. 3050, § 3(D), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4138, § 3, 1-8-96; Ord. No. 4384, § 4, 11-2-98

 

Sec. 6-41.  Same--Suspension or revocation.

 

(a)   If a registered building contractor shall willfully or repeatedly violate any ordinance or law relating to the construction of a building or structure, the board of appeals established by the building code adopted by the City may suspend such registration and such suspension shall continue unless and until the board of appeals shall terminate the suspension.  The code official shall serve or cause to be served upon the registrant a notice in writing specifying the grounds for suspension.

 

(b)   Any failure on the part of a registered building contractor to comply with the provisions of this chapter or be responsible for any installation which is a hazard to life and property shall be deemed sufficient cause for revoking the building contractor’s registration, together with all rights and privileges thereunder.  The board of appeals established by the building code adopted by the City may revoke the building contractor’s registration upon the recommendation of the code official following a public hearing.  The clerk is hereby authorized to refuse registration to any contractor who as an individual has had his or her registration revoked or who has acted as a principal in any business which has had its registration revoked pursuant to this section in the previous five (5) years.  Such refusal may extend to the revoked registrant and also to any business entity seeking registration in which said individual or principal is acting as a principal. 

 

Source: Code 1962, § 4-1-5; Ord. No. 3050, § 3(E), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4384, § 4, 11-2-98

 

 

ARTICLE IV.  ELECTRICAL CODE*

DIVISION 1.  GENERALLY

*Editor's note--Section 8 of Ord. No. 3054, enacted Feb. 16, 1982, repealed Ord. No. 2712 from which former Art. IV, which also pertained to electricity, derived.  Codification of §§ 1--7 of said Ord. No. 3054 as a new Art.  IV is at the discretion of the editor.

Cross reference--Alarm systems, Ch. 2.5.

 

Sec. 6-51.  Short title.

 

This article shall be known as the "Norfolk Electrical Code," and may be cited as such.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § l(A), 2-16-82

 

Sec. 6-52.  National Electrical Code--Adopted.

 

A certain document, one (1) copy of which is on file in the office of the city clerk of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska, being marked and designated as "The 2014 National Electrical Code," as published by the National Fire Protection Association, and as adopted by the State of Nebraska, is hereby adopted as the Electrical Code of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska, as if fully set out in this section, except as hereinafter provided by specific changes, for the purpose of regulating electrical wiring, electrical installations and electrical apparatus within the jurisdiction of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § l(B), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3483, § 1, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 3790, § 1, 5-6-91; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4881, § 1, 5-15-06; Ord. No. 5289, § 1, 6-2-14

 

Sec. 6-53.  Code official--Designated as enforcement officer.

 

The code official, or his authorized representative, is hereby authorized and directed to enforce the provisions of this code, and take such action, provided by law, to enforce the provisions of this code. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 1(C), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-54.  Same--Duties.

 

(a)   The code official shall examine or cause to be examined all electrical installations for which a permit has been issued.

 

(b)   The code official shall not be required to make inspec­tions on any electrical installations that are required to be inspected by state or federal authorities.

 

(c)   The code official is authorized to examine or cause to be examined any electrical equipment or wiring within or on any build­ing or premises.  If such is found to be defective or in an improper operating condition so as to constitute a danger to human life or a hazard to the public health, safety and welfare, the code official shall give written notice to the owner of such building or premises, stating the deficiencies found to exist and the date by which these deficiencies must be corrected.  Such notice shall be addressed to the owner at his last known address.

 

(d)   The code official is hereby vested with the authority to disconnect or order the electric utility supplier to disconnect the electrical service to any building or premises where such deficien­cies in electrical equipment or wiring have not been corrected within the time specified by such notice duly served upon the owner, and in cases of emergency where the same is necessary for the protection of life, limb or property; and is further authorized to order the electric utility supplier to disconnect service to any building or premises where a valid permit has not been issued for such electric services. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 2, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-55.  Same--Right of entry.

 

(a)   Whenever necessary to make an inspection to enforce any of the provisions of this code, or whenever the code official has reasonable cause to believe that there exists within or on any build­ing or premises, any equipment or wiring which makes such build­ing or premises dangerous, hazardous or unsafe, or that work is being done or has been done in violation of this code, then the code official is hereby authorized to enter within or on such building or premises at any reasonable time and to inspect the same provided that:

 

(1)        If such building or premises be occupied, he/she shall first pres­ent proper credentials to the occupant and demand entry, explaining his/her reasons therefor; and

 

(2)        If such building or premises be unoccupied, he/she shall first make reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person having charge or control of such building or premises and demand entry explaining his/her reasons therefor.

 

(b)   If such entry is refused or cannot be obtained because the owner or other person having charge or control cannot be found after due diligence, the code official shall have recourse to every remedy provided by law to secure lawful entry and inspect such building or premises.  If, after inspection, the code official finds the work or equipment being used in a dangerous, hazardous or unsafe manner, he/she is hereby authorized to order discontinuance of such work or use of such equipment.

 

(c)   No owner or occupant or any other person having charge, care or control of any building or premises shall fail or neglect, after proper demand is made as herein provided, to promptly permit entry therein by the code official for the purpose of inspection and examination pursuant to this code.  Any person violating this section shall be guilty of an offense. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 3, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-56.  Violations and penalties.

 

(a)   Unlawful acts.  It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to do any electrical work in conflict with or in violation of any of the provisions of this article.

 

(b)   Violation penalties.  Any person who shall violate a provision of this article, or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof, or who shall erect, install, alter or repair electrical work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the code official, or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code, shall be guilty of an offense punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).  Each day that a viola­tion continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 6, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-57.  Appeals.

 

Any person who is aggrieved by a decision, notice or order of the code official made pursuant to this division may appeal such decision to the board of appeals established pursuant to the build­ing code in force in the city.  The procedure for such an appeal shall be as provided in the building code in force in the city. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 7, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03

Cross reference--Building code, § 6-16 et seq.

 

DIVISION 2. CONTRACTOR'S REGISTRATION AND REGULATIONS

Sec. 6-71. State license, city registration required--To engage in business, Fees.

 

It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the business of installing electrical wiring or equipment for electrical light, heat, power and other purposes within the jurisdiction of the City of Norfolk except as provided herein, without having first procured a State of Nebraska electrical contractor, Class B electrical contractor, Class A master electrician, Class B master electrician, installer, special electrician, or a fire alarm installer's license, and being duly registered as such with the Fire Division Prevention Bureau of the City of Norfolk.  A person desiring the original issuance or renewal of any of the above registrations shall pay a registration fee as set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code to the city.  Such registration shall coincide with that of the State electrical license period. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 4(A), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3483, § 2, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 3859, § 1, 3-16-92; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4881, § 2, 5-15-06; Ord. No. 5042, § 1, 11-03-08; Ord. No. 5135, § 5, 9-7-10; Ord. No. 5289, § 2, 6-2-14

 

Sec. 6-72.  Same--To install or supervise installation of wiring or equipment.

 

It shall be unlawful for any person to install or supervise the installation of electrical wiring or equipment, within the juris­diction of the City of Norfolk, except as provided herein, without first having procured the proper electrical license issued by the State of Nebraska Electrical Board. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 4(B), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3483, § 3, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 3859, § 2, 3-16-92; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 5042, § 2, 11-03-08

 

Sec. 6-73.  Unlawful acts--Generally.

 

It shall be unlawful for any person to:

 

(a)   Supervise or assign more than three (3) apprentice electri­cians to any one journeyman on any one job or project; or

 

(b)   To assign work to be done or performed by said apprentice electricians in violation of this code. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 4(C), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3483, § 4, 6-15-87

 

Sec. 6-74.  Same--Apprentice electricians; supervision of work required.

 

It shall be unlawful for an apprentice electrician to do or per­form any act of electrical installation, repair or maintenance without the supervision of an electrical contractor, master electrician, or journeyman electrician . 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 4(D), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3483, § 5, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 3859, § 3, 3-16-92; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 5042, § 3, 11-03-08

 

Sec. 6-75.  Reserved.

 

 Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 4(E), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-76.  Homeowner's privilege; permit.

 

(a)   Any homeowner may perform electrical work on his or her principal residence which is also said homeowner's domicile, and/or a detached accessory building associated with the dwelling use, if such residence is not larger than a single-family dwelling.  All electrical wiring installed by a homeowner shall be for him or her, without compensation or pay from or to any other person for such labor or installation.  The homeowner shall be required to file plans and demonstrate knowledge of code requirements as requested by the code official.  The homeowner shall apply for and secure a permit, pay the required permit fees, and call for all inspections in the manner provided by this code.

 

(b)   A homeowner shall complete a homeowner verification form that proves to the code official that he/she owns the home and he/she resides in such home in order to qualify for a homeowner's permit. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 4(F), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 5289, § 3, 6-2-14

 

Sec. 6-77.  Certificate of insurance.

 

Any firm or person, prior to obtaining registration for an electrical business, shall furnish and maintain during all times that the registration is in effect, bodily injury and property damage liability insurance coverage with limits of at least one million dollars ($1,000,000.00).  Such firm or person shall furnish the city with a certificate of such insurance coverage, which shall note that the insurance coverage shall not be terminated except upon thirty (30) days' written notice to the City of Norfolk.  The policy of insurance required by this section shall be purchased at the expense of the registrant, and shall provide coverage of products, hazards and completed operations.  Cancellation of the policy or a lapse in the certificate of insurance shall automatically suspend the registration until a substitute policy has been obtained, and a certificate of insurance evidencing that fact has been filed with the city. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 4(G), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4881, § 3, 5-15-06

 

Sec. 6-78.  Registration required.

 

All classes of electrical contractors as listed in Section 6-71 of this Code as defined by the State Electrical Act, shall register with the City of Norfolk to do or perform any act of electrical installation, repair or maintenance in the city.  Such registration period shall coincide with that of the State electrical license period.  At the time of registration, the applicant shall show evidence of valid license with the State of Nebraska.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 4(H), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3067, § 1, 5-3-82; Ord. No. 3088, § 2, 9-7-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 5289, § 4, 6-2-14

 

Sec. 6-79.  Expiration and renewal of registrations.

 

A registration issued pursuant to the provisions of this division shall expire on December 31 of even numbered years which coincides with the State of Nebraska electrical registration period.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 4(l), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3088, § 3, 9-7-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 5289, § 4, 6-2-14

 

Sec. 6-80.  Revocation or suspension of registration.

 

(a)   The code official may recommend to the building code board of appeals the sus­pension of any electrical registration issued pursuant to the provisions of this division if its holder willfully or repeatedly violates any ordinances or laws relating to the installation of electrical wiring or electrical apparatus.

 

(b)   The code official may recommend to the building code board of appeals the revo­cation of any such registration if its holder fails to comply with the provisions of this article, or fails to be responsible for any installa­tion which is a hazard to life and property.  The building code board of appeals may revoke such a registration upon recommendation of the code official, and the clerk is hereby authorized to refuse registration to any contractor who as an individual has had his or her registration revoked or who has acted as a principal in any business which has had its registration revoked pursuant to this section in the previous five (5) years.  Such refusal may extend to the revoked registrant and also to any business entity seeking registration in which said individual or principal is acting as a principal.  The revocation of such registration shall result in the loss of all rights and privileges thereunder.

 

(c)   If an individual holds a current city electrical registration, and the State of Nebraska electrical license for an individual is revoked by the State Electrical Board, such city registration shall be revoked automatically without building code of appeals review.  

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 4(J), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03

 

Secs. 6-81--6-90.  Reserved.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 4(L), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03

 

DIVISION 3.  PERMITS AND INSPECTIONS

Sec. 6-91.  Permit--Required.

 

No person, firm, corporation or qualified homeowners who meet the requirements of Section 6-76 shall install, alter or add to any electrical equipment without first obtaining a permit therefor from the code official. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 5(A), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3790, § 2, 5-6-91; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-92.  Same--Not required.

 

(a)   No permit shall be required to execute the following:

 

 (1)      Minor repair work including but not limited to repairing flush and snap switches, replacing fuses, changing lamp sockets and receptacles, taping joints and repairing drop cords and repairing of appliances, motors and other devices when not attached to permanent wiring, when the wiring is an integral part of machinery, appliances or vehicles.

 

 (2)      Experimental work of a temporary nature in testing laboratories of electrical shops, educational institutions and the like.

 

 (3)      Wiring supplied with current by approved bell-ringing transformers.

 

 (4)      The attaching of portable appliances to existing outlets.

 

 (5)      Repair or replacement of motors on fixed approved appliances of the same type and rating in the same location.

 

(b)   The exceptions enumerated above shall not be construed to exempt any person, firm, or corporation from compliance with the standards prescribed by this code for the installation of electrical equipment, or from inspection as provided herein. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 5(B), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-93.  Same--Persons eligible.

 

Permits may be issued only to registered electrical contractors, master electricians or qualified homeowners who meet the requirements of Section 6-76. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 5(C), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-94.  Same--Fees.

 

Electrical permits shall be issued upon payment to the city of a fee based upon the valuation of the work for which the permit is requested, as set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 5(D), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 5135, § 5, 9-7-10

 

Sec. 6-95.  Same--Issuance conditions.

 

(a)   No permit shall be issued pursuant to the provisions of this division unless the proposed work will comply with all laws and ordinances and unless the required fee has been paid.

 

(b)   The code official may require detailed electrical construction documents/specifications for a project prior to permit issuance.  Review of these documents/specifications does not constitute final approval for design or installation.  Review of construction documents/specifications will continue throughout project construction. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 5(E), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-96.  Concealment of wiring or equipment without permission.

 

No person shall conceal, or cause to be concealed, any electrical wiring or equipment without the permission of the code official.  A rough-in electrical inspection is required before any wiring is covered by construction of walls, ceilings, floors, or underground installations.  Failure to request inspection may result in removal of the covering to make inspection possible. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 5(F), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-97.  Requests for inspections.

 

A request for inspection must be made at the office of the code official and shall provide at least one working day's notice prior to any required inspection. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 5(G), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-98.  Term for commencement of work under permit; expired permits.

 

(a)   Work shall be commenced under an electrical permit within one hundred eighty (180) days from date of issuance unless written permission to extend such time limitation within such one hundred eighty-day period is granted.  If not commenced within the required time, and no extension is given, the permit shall expire and must be reissued before work can be performed.

 

(b)   There shall be no refunds or credits given on unused permits which have expired.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3054, § 5(H), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-99.  Existing Electrical Installations.

 

(a)   Extensions to Existing Installations:  Extensions to existing installations shall not be made, attached or connected to any existing wiring where the existing wiring does not conform to the minimum requirements as set forth by this article.

 

(b)   Removal of Unused Electrical Wiring:  All unused and abandoned electrical equipment, wiring, conduits, and devices shall be removed from all buildings and structures.

 

(c)   Existing Electrical Wiring:  All existing electrical wiring, conduits, equipment, and devices in existing buildings, including remodeled areas of buildings, shall comply with the electrical code.

 

Source: Ord. No. 4699, § 1, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4881, § 4, 5-15-06

 

ARTICLE V. MECHANICAL CODE

 

Sec. 6-106.  Adoption by reference.

 

A certain document, one (1) copy which is on file in the office of the city clerk of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska, being marked and designated as the "International Mechanical Code 2006,” and all Appendices, as published by the International Code Council, is hereby adopted as the mechanical code of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska, as if fully set out in this section, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in section 6-107 of this article. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3052, § 1, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3486, § 1, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 3793, § 1, 5-6-91; Ord. No. 4388, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4700, § 1, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4970, § 1, 9-17-07

 

Sec. 6-107.  Additions, insertions and changes.

 

The following sections of the mechanical code adopted in section 6-106 are hereby revised as follows:

 

Section 101.1:  Insert:  The City of Norfolk, Nebraska.

 

Section 106.5.1:  Delete this section in its entirety.

 

Section 106.5.2:  Insert the Mechanical Permit Fees set forth in Section 2-5 of the Norfolk City Code.

 

Section 106.5.3:  Amend to read as follows:

 

Fee Refunds.  The building official is authorized to establish a refund policy.

 

Section 108.4:  Amend to read as follows:

 

Violation penalties.  Any person who shall violate a provision of this code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements hereof or who shall erect, install, alter or repair mechanical systems in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the code official, or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code, shall be guilty of an offense, punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).  Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.

 

Section 108.5:  Amend to read as follows:

 

Stop work orders.  Upon notice from the code official, work on any mechanical system that is being done contrary to the provisions of this code or in a dangerous or unsafe manner shall immediately cease.  Such notice shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property, or to the owner’s agent, or to the person doing the work.  The notice shall state the conditions under which work is authorized to resume.  Where an emergency exists, the code official shall not be required to give a written notice prior to stopping the work.  Any person who shall continue any work in or about the structure after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be liable for a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).

 

Sections 109.2 through 109.7:  Delete these sections in their entirety.

 

Section 202:  Add definition:

 

PACKAGED TERMINAL AIR CONDITIONER (PTAC).  A type of self-contained heating and air conditioning system unit commonly found in hotels, motels, senior housing facilities, hospitals, condominiums, apartments, add-on rooms, and sun rooms.

 

Section 507.2.1.1:  Delete this section in its entirety.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3052, § 2, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3486, § 2, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 3795, § 2, 5-6-91; Ord. No. 4388, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4700, § 2, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4970, § 2, 9-17-07; Ord. No. 5135, § 5, 9-7-10; Ord. No. 5357, § 1, 8-3-15

 

Sec. 6-108.  Mechanical contractor registration; scope of work; permit to do mechanical work required.

 

(a)   Any person desiring to do business as a mechanical contractor within the jurisdiction of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska shall first register as a mechanical contractor with the City of Norfolk and obtain a mechanical contractor’s registration from the city.

 

(b)   No person shall install or modify any mechanical systems that are permanently installed and utilized to provide control of environmental conditions and related processes identified in the currently adopted Mechanical Code before first obtaining the necessary permits. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3486, § 4, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 4388, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4700, § 1, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-109.  Mechanical contractor's registration; experience; examination; fees; expiration date; exceptions.

 

Any person desiring a mechanical contractor’s registration shall make written application to the code official upon a form furnished by such official.  Except in the case of renewal registrations no person shall be issued a mechanical contractor’s registration unless he/she has had at least three (3) years of job related experience within the last six (6) years and has successfully completed an examination approved by the plumbing board.  Proof of such experience shall be provided by the applicant.  One year of credit may be given for successful completion of a two (2) year college course in mechanical work. A registration card shall be issued by the city upon the applicant’s proof of successful examination completion and completion of a registration form filed with the plumbing board or its designee.  An applicant who has successfully completed a nationally standardized test based on the International Mechanical Code within the last ten (10) years shall not be required to retest.  A person desiring the original issuance of a mechanical contractor’s registration shall upon proof of experience and successful examination completion, pay the registration fee set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code to the city.  A person desiring the renewal of such a registration shall pay the registration fee set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code to the city.  Such registration shall expire on December 31 of each year.  Renewal registrations shall be granted, without a re-examination, upon the written application of the registrant filed with the board or its designee and a showing that his/her purposes and condition remain unchanged, unless the board determines from information provided to the board in the form of an affidavit that the applicant is no longer competent, or entitled to such renewal registration, in which event the renewal registration shall not be granted until the applicant has undergone the examination hereinbefore required.  Applications for renewal registrations may be made between December 1 and March 1.  Applications for renewal registrations after March 1 shall be required to show proof of successful re-examination to the plumbing board or its designee.  

 

Source: Ord. No. 3486, § 5, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 4388, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4700, §3, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 5135, § 5, 9-7-10

 

Sec. 6-109.1.  Mechanical registration; revocation; suspension.

                       

All original and renewal registrations may be renewed by the plumbing board or its designee at the date of expiration; provided any registration may be revoked or suspended by the plumbing board, at any time, upon a hearing upon sufficient written, sworn charges filed with the board showing the holder of the registration to be then incompetent or guilty of a willful breach of the rules, regulations or requirements of the board, or of the laws or ordinances relating thereto, or of other causes sufficient for the revocation of his/her registration, of which charges and hearing the holder of such registration shall have written notice.

 

Source: Ord. No. 4388, § 1, 12-7-98

 

Sec. 6-109.2.  Mechanical contractor’s certificate of insurance.

 

Any person, prior to obtaining a mechanical contractor’s registration, shall furnish and maintain during all times that the registration is in effect, bodily injury and property damage liability insurance coverage with limits of at least one million dollars ($1,000,000) per occurrence.  Such contractor shall furnish the city clerk with a certificate of such insurance coverage, which shall note that the insurance coverage shall not be terminated except upon thirty (30) days’ written notice to the City of Norfolk.  The policy of insurance required by this section shall be purchased at the expense of the registrant, shall be in effect for at least one (1) year from the date of registration, and shall provide coverage of products, hazards and completed operations.  Cancellation of the policy shall automatically suspend the registration until a substitute policy has been obtained, and a certificate of that fact filed in the office of the city clerk.

 

Source: Ord. No. 4388, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4700, § 4, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-110.  Gas contractor registration; scope of work; permit to do gas systems work required.

 

(a)   Any person, partnership, corporation or other legal entity who installs or repairs gas systems, on the discharge side of a meter, within the zoning jurisdiction of the City of Norfolk, shall be a duly qualified gas contractor with a registration issued by the City of Norfolk.

 

(b)   No person shall install or modify any fuel-gas piping systems or other related processes identified in the currently adopted Mechanical Code before first obtaining the necessary permits. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3052, § 3, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3068, § 1, 5-3-82; Ord. No. 3088, §§ 4, 5, 9-7-82; Ord. No. 3793, § 2, 5-6-91; Ord. No. 3859, § 4, 3-16-92; Ord. No. 4388, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4700, § 4, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6 -111.  Gas contractor's registration; experience; examination; fees; expiration date; exceptions.

 

Any person desiring a gas contractor’s registration shall make written application to the code official upon a form furnished by such official.  Except in the case of renewal registrations no person shall be issued a gas contractor’s registration unless he/she has had at least three (3) years of job related experience within the last six (6) years and has successfully completed an examination approved by the plumbing board.  Proof of such experience shall be provided by the applicant.  One year of credit may be given for successful completion of a two (2) year college course in gas systems work. A registration card shall be issued by the city upon the applicant’s proof of successful examination completion and completion of a registration form filed with the plumbing board or its designee.  An applicant who has successfully completed a nationally standardized test based on the International Mechanical Code within the last ten (10) years shall not be required to retest at the discretion of the code official.  A person desiring the original issuance of a gas contractor’s registration shall upon proof of experience and successful examination completion, pay the registration fee set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code to the city.  A person desiring the renewal of such a registration shall pay the registration fee set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code to the city.  Such registration shall expire on December 31 of each year.  Renewal registrations shall be granted, without a re-examination, upon the written application of the registrant filed with the board or its designee and a showing that his/her purposes and condition remain unchanged, unless the board determines from information provided to the board in the form of an affidavit that the applicant is no longer competent, or entitled to such renewal registration, in which event the renewal registration shall not be granted until the applicant has undergone the examination hereinbefore required.  Applications for renewal registrations may be made between December 1 and March 1.  Applications for renewal registrations after March 1 shall be required to show proof of successful re-examination to the plumbing board or its designee. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3052, § 4, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4388, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4700, § 4, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 5135, § 5, 9-7-10

 

Sec. 6-111.1  Gas Contractor’s registration; revocation; suspension.

 

All original and renewal registrations may be renewed by the plumbing board or its designee at the date of expiration; provided any registration may be revoked or suspended by the plumbing board, at any time, upon a hearing upon sufficient written, sworn charges filed with the board showing the holder of the registration to be then incompetent or guilty of a willful breach of the rules, regulations or requirements of the board, or of the laws or ordinances relating thereto, or of other causes sufficient for the revocation of his/her registration, of which charges and hearing the holder of such registration shall have written notice. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 4388, § 1, 12-7-98

 

Sec. 6-111.2  Gas contractor’s certificate of insurance.

 

Any person, prior to obtaining a gas contractor’s registration, shall furnish and maintain during all times that the registration is in effect, bodily injury and property damage liability insurance coverage with limits of at least one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) per occurrence.  Such contractor shall furnish the city clerk with a certificate of such insurance coverage, which shall note that the insurance coverage shall not be terminated except upon thirty (30) days’ written notice to the City of Norfolk.  The policy of insurance required by this section shall be purchased at the expense of the registrant, shall be in effect for at least one (1) year from the date of registration, and shall provide coverage of products, hazards and completed operations.  Cancellation of the policy shall automatically suspend the registration until a substitute policy has been obtained, and a certificate of that fact filed in the office of the city clerk.

 

Source: Ord. No. 4388, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4700, § 5, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-112.  Mechanical contractor and gas contractor transferability of registration among persons; homeowner occupied exception.

 

(a)   No person who has obtained a mechanical contractor registration or gas contractor registration shall allow his/her name to be used by another person, either for the purpose of obtaining permits, or for doing business or work under the registration.

 

(b)   Nothing herein contained shall be construed as prohibiting the homeowner of an owner occupied single family dwelling from installing or repairing their own mechanical systems or gas appliances or installing, extending, replacing, altering or repairing consumer's pipes on the premises upon which the said homeowner resides, provided however, all such work must be done in conformity with all other provisions of this chapter, including those relating to permits and inspection fees.  Nothing contained herein shall be construed as a method to circumvent the need for a mechanical contractor registration or gas contractor registration for anyone doing work on any structure to be sold, rented or leased. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3052, § 5, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4388, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4700, § 5, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-113.  Appeals.

 

Any person who is aggrieved by a decision, notice or order of the code official made pursuant to this article may appeal such decision to the board of appeals established pursuant to the building code in force in the city.  The procedure for such an appeal shall be as provided in the building code in force in the city.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3052, § 6, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4388, § 1, 12-7-98

Cross reference-Building code, § 6-16 et seq.

 

ARTICLE VI.  PLUMBING

DIVISION 1.  GENERALLY

Sec. 6-121. International Plumbing Code--Adopted.

 

A certain document, one (1) copy which is on file in the office of the city clerk of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska, being marked and designated as the "International Plumbing Code 2006," and all Appendices as published by The International Code Council, is hereby adopted as the plumbing code of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska, as if fully set out in this section, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in section 6-122 of this article. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 1, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3487, § 1, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 3795, § 1, 5-6-91; Ord. No. 4342, § 1, 4-20-98; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4704, § 1, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4974, § 1, 9-17-07

 

Sec. 6-122.  Same--Additions, insertions and changes.

 

        The following sections of the plumbing code adopted in section 6-121 are hereby revised as follows:

 

Section 101.1 Title.  Insert: City of Norfolk, Nebraska.

 

Section 106.2 Exempt work.  Amend to read as follows:

 

The following work shall be exempt from the requirement for a permit:

 

 1.        The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe provided, however, that if any concealed trap, drainpipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in this code.

 

2.         The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures, and the removal and reinstallation of water closets.

 

3.        The replacement of faucets and fixtures and water closets, provided the fixtures are not being relocated.

  

Section 106.6.1  Work commencing before permit issuance.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Any person who commences any work on a plumbing system before obtaining the necessary permits shall be subject to a fee three times the normal permit fee.

 

Section 106.6.2  Fee Schedule.  Insert the Plumbing Permit Fees, Sanitary Sewer Line Installation and Private Water Line Installation fees set forth in Section 2-5 of the Norfolk City Code.

 

Section 106.6.3  Fee refunds.  Amend to read as follows:

 

The code official is authorized to establish a refund policy.

 

Section 108.4  Violation penalties.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Any person who shall violate a provision of this code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements hereof or who shall erect, install, alter or repair plumbing work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the code official, or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code, shall be guilty of an offense, punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).  Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.

 

Section 108.5  Stop work orders.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Upon notice from the code official, work on any plumbing system that is being done contrary to the provisions of this code or in a dangerous or unsafe manner shall immediately cease.  Such notice shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property, or to the owner’s agent, or to the person doing the work.  The notice shall state the conditions under which work is authorized to resume.  Where an emergency exists, the code official shall not be required to give a written notice prior to stopping the work.  Any person who shall continue any work in or about the structure after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be liable to a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).

 

Sections 109  Means of Appeal.  Delete this section in its entirety.

 

Section 305.6  Freezing.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Water, soil and waste pipes shall not be installed outside of a building, in attics or crawl spaces, concealed in outside walls, or in any other place subjected to freezing temperature unless adequate provision is made to protect such pipes from freezing by insulation or heat or both.  Water service piping shall be installed at a minimum of 60 inches below finished grade.

 

Section 305.6.1  Sewer depth.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Building sewers that connect to public sewage disposal systems shall be installed to a minimum depth of 48 inches unless otherwise approved by the code official..

 

Section 306.3  Backfilling.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Loose earth free from rocks, broken concrete, frozen chunks and other rubble, shall be placed in the trench in 6-inch layers and tamped in place to existing grade.  The backfill under and beside the pipe shall be compacted for pipe support.  Backfill shall be brought up evenly on both sides of the pipe so that the pipe remains aligned.  In any instance where the manufacturer’s installation instructions for materials are more restrictive than those prescribed by code, the material shall be installed in accordance with the more restrictive requirement.

 

Insert the following after Section 403.5

 

Section 403.6  Service sinks.  Service sinks will not be required in structures or tenant spaces with less than 250 square feet of washable public floor area.

 

Section 406.3  Waste connection.  Amend to read as follows:

 

The waste from an automatic clothes washer shall discharge through an air break into a standpipe in accordance with Section 802.4 or into a laundry sink.  The trap and fixture drain from an automatic clothes washer standpipe shall be a minimum of 2 inches (51mm) in diameter.  The automatic clothes washer fixture drain shall connect to a branch drain or drainage stack a minimum of 2 inches (76mm) in diameter.  Automatic clothes washers that discharge by gravity shall be permitted to drain to a waste receptor or an approved trench drain.

 

Section 410.1  Approval.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Drinking fountains shall conform to ASME A112.19.1M, ASME A112.19.2M or ASME A112.19.9M and water coolers shall conform to ARI 1010.  Drinking fountains and water coolers shall conform to NSF 61, Section 9.  Where water is served in restaurants, drinking fountains shall not be required.  In other occupancies, where drinking fountains are required, water coolers or bottled water dispensers shall be permitted to be substituted for not more than 50 percent of the required drinking fountains.  In occupancies where only one restroom is required, drinking water may be provided by alternative means approved by the code official.

 

Section 416.5  Tempered water for public hand-washing facilities.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Tempered water shall be delivered from public hand-washing facilities.

 

Section 603.2  Separation of water service and building sewer.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Water service pipe and the building sewer shall be separated by 5 feet (1524mm) of undisturbed or compacted earth.

 

Exceptions:

 

1.        The required separation distance shall not apply where the bottom of the water service pipe within 5 feet (1524mm) of the sewer is a minimum of 18 inches (457mm) above the top of the highest point of the sewer and the pipe materials conform to Table 702.3.

 

2.        Water service pipe is permitted to be located in the same trench with a building drain, provided such building drain is constructed of materials listed in Table 702.2.

 

Insert the following after Section 603.2.1:

 

Section 603.3:  Tracer Wire:  An insulated copper tracer wire shall be installed adjacent to underground non-metallic water service piping.  The tracer wire shall not be less than 12-gauge copper wire with insulation suitable for direct burial.  The tracer wire shall be attached to the curb box cap and shall terminate at the water meter valve.

 

Section 607.1  Where required.  Amend to read as follows:

 

In residential occupancies, hot water shall be supplied to all plumbing fixtures and equipment utilized for bathing, washing, culinary purposes, cleaning, laundry or building maintenance.  In nonresidential occupancies, hot water shall be supplied for culinary purposes, cleaning, laundry or building maintenance purposes.  In nonresidential occupancies, hot water or tempered water shall be supplied for bathing and washing purposes.

 

Section 608.7  Stop-and-waste valves prohibited.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Combination stop-and-waste valves or cocks shall not be installed underground.  Exception:  Yard hydrants and fire hydrants.

 

Section 608.16.5  Connections to lawn irrigation systems.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Where chemicals are introduced into the system, the potable water supply shall be protected against backflow by a reduced pressure principle backflow preventer.

 

Section 608.16.10  Coffee machines and noncarbonated beverage dispensers.  Delete this section in its entirety.

 

Section 705.8.2  Solvent cementing.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Joint surfaces shall be clean and free from moisture.  An approved primer that conforms to ASTM F 656 shall be applied.  Solvent cement not purple in color and conforming to ASTM D 2564, CSA B 137.3, CSA B 181.2, or CSA B 182.1 shall be applied to all joint surfaces.  The joint shall be made while the cement is wet and shall be in accordance with ASTM D 2855.  Solvent-cement joints shall be permitted above or below ground.

 

Section 705.14.2  Solvent cementing.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Joint surfaces shall be clean and free from moisture.  An approved primer that conforms to ASTM F 656 shall be applied.  Solvent cement not purple in color and conforming to ASTM D 2564, CSA B 137.3, CSA B 181.2, or CSA B 182.1 shall be applied to all joint surfaces.  The joint shall be made while the cement is wet and shall be in accordance with ASTM D 2855.  Solvent-cement joints shall be permitted above or below ground.    

 

Section 706.3  Installation of fittings.  Delete the exception in this section.

 

Section 715.1  Sewage backflow:  Amend to read as follows:

 

Where the flood level rims of plumbing fixtures are below the elevation of the manhole cover of the next upstream manhole in the public sewer, such fixtures shall be protected by a backwater valve installed in the building drain, branch of the building drain or horizontal branch serving such fixtures.  Plumbing fixtures having flood level rims above the elevation of the manhole cover of the next upstream manhole in the public sewer may discharge through a backwater valve.

 

Insert the following after Section 715.5:

 

Section 715.6  Cleanouts.  All cleanouts located upstream from a backwater valve shall have notification that a backwater device is installed in the drainage system.  Such notification shall be in the form of a warning label that is readily visible prior to servicing the drainage system.  An accessible cleanout shall be installed immediately downstream from the backwater valve.

 

Section 715.7  Repair or Replacement.  Backwater valves shall be installed as required when sewer service lines to existing structures are repaired or replaced.

 

Section 904.1  Roof extension.  Insert:  12 inches.

 

Section 1111.1  Subsoil drains.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Subsoil drains shall be open-jointed, horizontally split or perforated pipe conforming to one of the standards listed in Table 1102.5.  Such drains shall not be less than 4 inches (102 mm) in diameter.  Where the building is subject to backwater, the subsoil drain shall be protected by an accessibly located backwater valve.  Subsoil drains shall discharge to a trapped area drain, sump or approved location above ground.  The subsoil sump shall be required to have a gas-tight cover.  The sump and pumping system shall comply with Section 1113.1.

 

Appendix C, Section C103.  Delete this section in its entirety.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 2, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3487, § 2, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 3795, § 2, 5-6-91; Ord. No. 3983, § 1, 9-7-93; Ord. No. 4149, § 1, 3-8-96; Ord. No. 4342, § 2, 4-20-98; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4704, § 2, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4974, § 2, 9-17-07; Ord. No. 5135, § 5, 9-7-10

 

Sec. 6-123.  Termination of water service.

 

The code official is hereby vested with the authority to order the disconnection of the water service to any building or premises where such deficiencies in plumbing equipment or materials have not been corrected within the time specified by a notice duly served upon the owner, developer or contractor; and in cases of emergency where the same is necessary for the protection of life or a hazard to public health, safety and welfare; and is further authorized to order the disconnection of the water service to any building or premises where a valid permit has not been issued for plumbing installation or alteration. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 5, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98

                       

Sec. 6-124.  Appeals.

 

Unless a specific provision of this article provides for an appeal to the plumbing board, any person who is aggrieved by a decision, notice or order of the code official made pursuant to this article may appeal such decision to the board of appeals established pursuant to the building code in force in the city.  The procedure to such an appeal shall be provided in the building code in force in the city. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 6, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4704, § 3, 10-20-03

Cross reference-Building code, § 6-16 et seq.

 

DIVISION 2.  PLUMBING BOARD

Sec. 6-131.  Members; appointments; qualifications; terms; bond; vacancies, how filled.

 

The plumbing board shall consist of five (5) members who shall be:  (1)  the city plumbing inspector; (2) the city health inspector; (3) one plumbing contractor; (4) one journeyman plumber; and (5) one citizen from the community at large.  Said plumbers and citizen at large shall be appointed by the mayor with the approval of the city council.  The plumbing inspector and the health inspector shall hold office during the term of the mayor.  The plumbing contractor and journeyman plumber each shall hold a valid City of Norfolk plumber’s registration.  Three (3) members of the plumbing board shall constitute a quorum.  All vacancies in the board shall be filled by appointment by the mayor with the approval of the city council.  The terms of office of the plumbers and the citizen at large shall be for three (3) years, which terms shall be staggered.  Each member of the board shall give bond in the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), conditioned according to law, the cost of which shall be paid by the city. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 3(A), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3406, § 1, 6-2-86; Ord. No. 3487, § 3, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 3652, § 1, 6-19-89; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4704, § 4, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-132.  Organization; records.

 

The plumbing board shall, within ten (10) days after their appointments, meet and organize by selection of one of their members as chairman.  The plumbing inspector or his/her designee shall be the secretary of said board.  It shall be the duty of the secretary to keep full, true and correct minutes of meetings, and records of all registrations issued by the board, together with their kinds and dates, and the names of the persons to whom issued, in books provided by the city for such purpose, which books and records shall be open for free inspection by all persons during business hours. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 3(B), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98

 

Sec. 6-133.  Appointments; when made.

 

The appointment of the plumbing board shall be made annually, at the first meeting of the city council, in August of each year, except as provided in section 6-131 above. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 3(C), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98

 

Sec. 6-134.  Meetings.

 

The plumbing board shall fix the time and place of meetings on a scheduled basis; however, meetings may be held more often upon written call of the chairman of the board. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 3(D), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4704, § 5, 10-20-03

 

See. 6-135.  Plumbing rules and regulations; adoption; powers of board; variances.

 

The plumbing board shall have power, and it shall be its duty, to adopt rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the laws of the State of Nebraska or the ordinances of the City of Norfolk, for the sanitary construction, alteration and inspection of plumbing and sewerage connections placed in, or in connection with, any and every building in Norfolk.  Variances from the plumbing code adopted in section 6-121 above, may be granted only by the appeals board established in accordance with the building code.  Any variance granted shall apply only to a single building and shall not be considered as a part of the ordinances or rules and regulations of the plumbing board. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 3(E), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3487, § 4, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98

Cross reference-Building code, § 6-16 et seq.

 

Sec. 6-136.  Application for registration; exam­ination; transferability of registrations among persons.

 

Any person desiring to do any plumbing, or to work at the business of plumbing, in the zoning jurisdiction of the City of Norfolk, shall make application to the code official as provided in this article. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 3(F), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4704, § 6, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-137.  Registration; term; revocation; suspension.

 

Any registration may be revoked or suspended by the plumbing board, at any time, upon a hearing upon sufficient written, sworn charges filed with the board showing the holder of the registration to be then incompetent or guilty of a willful breach of the rules, regulations or requirements of the board, or of the laws or ordinances relating thereto, or of other causes sufficient for the revocation of his/her registration, of which charges and hearing the holder of such registration shall have written notice. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 3(G), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4704, § 6, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-138.  Registration; denial; appeal.

           

Any application for a plumbing registration provided for in this article which is denied by the code official may be appealed by the applicant to the plumbing board.  The board shall review the application at a hearing and determine whether the applicant is entitled to registration pursuant to the provisions provided in this article. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 4389, §1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4704, § 6, 10-20-03

 

DIVISION 3.  PERMITS

 

Sec. 6-141.  Plumbing without registration prohibited; exceptions.

 

It shall be unlawful for any person to do any plumbing within the zoning jurisdiction of Norfolk, Nebraska, unless he/she holds a registration in accordance with this article.  Registration is not required of employees of the city water department acting within the scope of their employment, nor to a homeowner doing plumbing work in the single family residence he/she owns and is occupying or is constructing for his/her residence. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 3(H), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98

 

Sec. 6-142.  Permit for business; information required by code official.

 

Any person, partnership, corporation or other legal entity who installs or repairs any sanitary plumbing within the zoning jurisdiction of the City of Norfolk shall be a duly qualified plumbing contractor with a registration issued by the City of Norfolk.  Every plumber shall notify the code official of the address of his/her place of business, and the name under which such business is carried on, and shall give immediate notice of any change in either. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 4(A), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98

 

Sec. 6-143.  Plumbing contractor's registration; experience; exam­ination; fees; term.

 

(a)   A person desiring a plumbing contractor’s registration shall make written application to the code official upon a form furnished by such official.  No person shall be issued a plumbing contractor’s registration unless he/she has had at least two (2) years’ experience as a journeyman plumber within the last six (6) years.  Except in the case of renewal registrations, no person shall be issued such a plumbing contractor’s registration unless he/she successfully completes an examination approved by the plumbing board.  An applicant who has successfully completed a nationally standardized test based on the International Plumbing Code within the last ten (10) years shall not be required to retest.  A registration card shall be issued by the city upon the applicant’s proof of successful examination completion and completion of a registration form filed with the plumbing board or its designee.  A person desiring the original issuance or renewal of such a registration shall pay the registration fee set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code to the city.  Such registration shall expire on December 31 of each year.  Applications for renewal registrations may be made between December 1 and March 1.  Applications for renewal registrations after March 1 shall be required to show proof of successful re-examination to the plumbing board or its designee

 

(b)   No person who has obtained a plumber's registration shall allow his/her name to be used by another person, either for the purpose of obtaining permits, or for doing business or work under the registration. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 4(B), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4704, § 7, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4974, § 3, 9-17-07; Ord. No. 5135, § 5, 9-7-10

 

Sec. 6-144.  Journeyman plumber's registration; experience; examination; fees; term.

 

(a)   A person desiring a journeyman plumber’s registration shall make written application to the code official on a form furnished by such official.  No journeyman plumber’s registration shall be issued to any person who has not had at least:

 

(1)        Three (3) years’ experience as an apprentice plumber under supervision of a plumbing contractor; or

 

(2)        Four (4) years’ experience as a plumber in areas not having codes or licensing.

 

(b)   No such registration shall be issued to any person until he or she has successfully completed a nationally standardized text based on the International Plumbing Code.  An applicant who has successfully completed such nationally standardized test within the last ten (10) years shall not be required to retest.  The applicant shall pay an initial registration fee and subsequent yearly registration fees to the city as set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code.  All fees shall be paid at the time of application.  Such registration shall expire on December 31 of each year.  Applications for renewal registrations may be made between December 1 and March 1.  Applications for renewal registrations after March 1 shall be required to show proof of successful re-examination to the plumbing board or its designee. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 4(C), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3487, § 5, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4704, § 7, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4974, § 3, 9-17-07; Ord. No. 5135, § 5, 9-7-10

 

Sec. 6-145.  Apprentice plumber's registration; information; fee; term; supervision of work.

 

Any person desiring to be registered as an apprentice plumber shall make written application to the code official upon a form furnished by such official.  The application shall contain the applicant’s name, and employer name and address.  No plumbing experience or examination is required.  The application shall be accompanied by a fee as set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code.  All such registrations shall expire on December 31 of each year.  No person shall cause any plumbing work to be done, altered or repaired by an apprentice plumber unless the apprentice plumber works directly under the supervision of a registered plumbing contractor or journeyman plumber.  Applications for renewal registrations may be made between December 1 and March 1. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 4(D), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4974, § 3, 9-17-07; Ord. No. 5135, § 5, 9-7-10

 

Sec. 6-146. Reserved.

 

Editor's note--Ord. No. 4389, adopted Dec. 7, 1998, amended Art. VI in it entirety, reserving § 6-146, pipelayer's permit; bond, which had derived from Ord. No. 3051, adopted Feb. 16, 1982 and Ord. No. 3406, adopted June 2, 1986.

 

Sec. 6-147.  Contractor's certificate of insurance.

 

Before the issuance of a registration as a plumbing contractor, such person shall furnish and maintain during all times that the registration is in effect, bodily injury and property damage liability insurance coverage with limits of at least one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) per occurrence.  The registrant shall furnish the city clerk with a certificate of such insurance coverage, which shall note that the insurance coverage shall not be terminated except upon thirty (30) days’ written notice to the City of Norfolk.  The policy of insurance required by this section shall be purchased at the expense of the registrant, shall be in effect for at least one (1) year from the date of registration, and shall provide coverage of products, hazards and completed operations.  Cancellation of the policy shall automatically suspend the registration until a substitute policy has been obtained, and a certificate of that fact filed in the office of the city clerk.  Such insurance will indemnify and hold the city harmless from all liability, from any accidents or damages arising from negligence or unskillfulness in doing or protecting his/her work while performing work authorized by a permit or work requiring a permit or registration, and that he/she will also restore the street, sidewalk, pavement or other public property or right-of-way and fill all other public property or right-of-way in as good a condition as he/she found them, and to indemnify and hold the city harmless from damages suffered by his/her failure to do so, and keep and maintain them in good repair in accordance with engineering standards and specifications of the city, for a period of one year thereafter, and that he/she will pay all fines imposed upon him/her for the violation of any rule or regulation adopted by the city in force during the term of his/her registration, and that he/she will pay all fees set forth in this article. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 4(F), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4704, § 8, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-148.  Waiver of certain requirements; journeyman plumber, apprentice plumber.

 

(a)   The plumbing board may waive the requirement of the requisite years of registered service as set forth in sections 6-143 and 6-144 for a journeyman plumber or an apprentice plumber before advancement to a plumbing contractor or journeyman registration when at least four (4) members of the plumbing board believe the applicant has had equivalent training or possesses suitable proficiency.

 

(b)   Equivalent training or suitable proficiency shall be measured by one or more of the following:

 

(1)        Total number of years worked in the plumbing trade, with written verification.

 

(2)        Years of work or service in a related mechanical trade, i.e., refrigeration, heating and air conditioning, private sewage system installations, etc.

 

(3)        College courses relating to design and installation practices of the plumbing trade that are successfully passed by the applicant.  The board may grant up to one-third of the actual school time spent on education as an equivalent to the time spent in active service work. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3051, § 4(G), 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3406, § 3, 6-2-86; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4704, § 8, 10-20-03

 

Sec. 6-151.  Yard irrigation liability.

 

The property owner accepts all liability for placement of any yard irrigation equipment within the right-of-ways, easements, alleys or any other property owned or maintained by the City of Norfolk, which may be subject to damage due to street or utility maintenance of any nature. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3983, § 2, 9-7-93; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4704, § 8, 10-20-03

 

Secs. 6-152--6-160.  Reserved.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3983, § 2, 9-7-93; Ord. No. 4342, § 3, 4-20-98; Ord. No. 4389, § 1, 12-7-98; Ord. No. 4435, § 1, 10-18-99; Ord. No. 4704, § 8, 10-20-03

 

ARTICLE VII.  ONE- AND TWO-FAMILY DWELLING CODE

 

Sec. 6-161.  Adoption by reference.

 

A certain document, one (1) copy which is on file in the office of the city clerk of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska, being marked and designated as International Residential Code, 2006 Edition as published by International Code Council, Inc., is hereby adopted as the one- and two-family dwelling code of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska, as if fully set out in this section, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in section 6-162 of this article.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3055, § 1, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3484, § 1, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 3794, § 1, 5-6-91; Ord. No. 4702, § 1, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4973, § 1, 9-17-07

 

Sec. 6-162.  Additions, insertions and changes.

 

The following sections of the one- and two-family dwelling code adopted in section 6-161 are hereby revised as follows:

 

Section R101.1:  Insert “City of Norfolk”

 

Section R105.2  Work exempt from permit.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Permits shall not be required for the following.  Exemption from the permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction.

 

1.        One-story detached accessory structures, provided the floor area does not exceed 64 square feet.

2.        Fences not over 6 feet high.

3.        Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the top of finished grade to top of wall.

4.        Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.

5.        Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade and not over any basement or story below.

6.        Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.

7.        Prefabricated above ground swimming pools.

8.        Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a one- or two-family dwelling.

9.        Window awnings supported by an exterior wall.

10.      Replacement of existing windows with like size windows where no structural alteration is required to affect said change.  Window opening size shall not be substantially diminished by replacement and in no instance shall a casement or slider style window be replaced with a double-hung window style, unless minimum egress standard is met.

 

Section R106.3.1.  Approval of construction documents.  Delete this section.

 

Section R108.2  Schedule of permit fees.  Add the Building Permit Fees set forth in Section 2-5 of the Norfolk City Code.

 

Section 110.3  Certificate Issued.  Delete this section.

 

Section R112.1  General.  Amend to read as follows:   

 

Any person who is aggrieved by a decision, notice or order of the code official made pursuant to this article may appeal such decision, notice or order to the board of appeals established pursuant to the current building code in force and effect in the jurisdiction of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska.  The procedure for said appeal shall be as published in said building code then currently in force and effect.

 

Section R113.4  Violation penalties.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Any person, firm, or corporation violating any of the provisions of this code shall be guilty of an offense and shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each and every day or portion thereof during which any violation of any of the provisions of this code is committed, continued or allowed, and upon conviction of any such violation, such person shall be punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).

 

Section R114.1  Notice to owner.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Upon notice from the code official that work on any building or structure is being done contrary to the provisions of this code, such work shall immediately be stopped.  The stop work order shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property involved, or to the owner’s agent, or to the person doing the work; and shall state the conditions under which work will be permitted to be resumed.

 

Section R202  Definitions.  Add definitions of “Sleeping Room” and “Building Envelope” as follows:

 

SLEEPING ROOM.  Any room in a house that is greater than 70 square feet and has built-in closet space and typically could be used as a bedroom.  This does not include rooms used for cooking, eating, family living, gathering, bathrooms, toilet rooms and halls.

 

  BUILDING ENVELOPE.  Building sections which separate inside, conditioned spaces from outside air.

 

Table R301.2(1):  Insert the following design criteria information.

 

Roof Snow Load:  30 lbs. per square foot
Ground Snow Load: 25 lbs. per square foot
Wind Speed:  90 mph
Seismic Design Category:
Subject to Damage from Weathering:  Severe
Subject to Damage from Frost Line Depth: 42 inches 
Subject to Damage from Termite:  Moderate to Heavy
Subject to Damage from Decay:  None to Slight
Winter Design Temp:  4 Degrees
Flood Hazards: Not Available

 

Section R303.6  Stairway illumination.  Amend to read as follows:

 

All interior and exterior stairways, serving a means of egress, shall be provided with a means to illuminate the stairs, including the landings and treads.  Interior stairways shall be provided with an artificial light source located in the immediate vicinity of each landing of the stairway.  Exterior stairways shall be provided with an artificial light source located in the immediate vicinity of the top landing of the stairway.  Exterior stairways providing access to a basement from the outside grade level shall be provided with an artificial light source located in the immediate vicinity of the bottom landing of the stairway.

 

Section R309.2  Separation Required.  Change 3 feet to 10 feet.

 

Section R311.5  Stairways.  Add Exception:  1.  Secondary stairways serving only storage and utility areas need not comply with rise height and tread depth.

 

Section R311.5.6  Handrails.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Handrails shall be provided on at least one side of stairways consisting of three or more stair risers.  Handrails shall have a minimum height of 30 inches and a maximum height of 38 inches measured vertically from the nosing of the treads.  All required handrails shall be the full length of the stairway from a point directly above the top stair riser to a point directly above the lowest stair riser of the stairway.  The handrail may have one break in it but shall not switch sides of the stairway.  A minimum clear space of 1.5 inches shall be provided between the wall and handrail.

 

Section R311.5.6.1  Height.  Delete this section.

 

Section R311.5.6.2  Continuity.  Delete this section.

 

Section R312.2  Guard opening limitation.  Delete Exception 2.

 

Section R318.1  Moisture control.  Amend to read as follows:

 

In all framed walls and floors of the building thermal envelope, a vapor retarder shall be installed on the warm-in-winter side of the insulation. 

 

Exceptions:

 

1.        In construction where moisture or freezing will not damage the materials.

 

2.        Where the frame cavity or space is ventilated to allow moisture to escape.

 

Section R319.1  Location required.  Amend item 2 to read as follows:  

 

2.        All sills or plates that rest on concrete or masonry exterior walls.

 

Section R402.2  Concrete.  Add the following sentence:

 

Garage floors and driveways or unreinforced concrete shall be a minimum of 5" thick.  Reinforced concrete shall be a minimum of 4" thick.

 

Section R403.1.4.1  Frost Protection.  Amend exceptions to read as follows:

 

Exceptions:

 

1.        Frost-protected footings constructed in accordance with Section R403.3 and footings and foundations erected on solid rock shall not be required to extend below the frost line.

 

2.        Accessory buildings less than one hundred eighty (180) square feet shall not be required to be constructed with footings which extend below frost line.  Concrete for slab on grade shall be a minimum of four (4) inches thick and a grid work of number 4 rebar four (4) foot on center.

 

Section R502.3  Allowable joist spans.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Spans for floor joists shall be in accordance with Table R502.3.1(2).  For other grades and species and for other loading conditions, refer to the AF & PA Span Tables for Joists and Rafters.

 

Section R502.3.1  Sleeping areas and attic joists.  Delete this section.

 

Table R502.3.1(1)  Floor Joist Spans For Common Lumber Species.  Delete this table.

 

Section R502.3.2  Other floor joists.  Amend to read as follows:

 

Table R502.3.1(2) shall be utilized to determine the maximum allowable span of floor joists that support all areas of the building, provided that the design live load does not exceed 40 psf and the design dead load does not exceed 10 psf.

 

Section R506.2.3  Vapor retarder.  Delete this section.

 

Section R907.3  Recovering versus replacement. Delete item 4 and Exceptions 1 and 2.

 

Chapter 11:  Remove this chapter from the one- and two- family dwelling code, however retain the language therefrom and adopt it as Appendix R with the following notation:

 

           “[This appendix is informative and is not part of the code and words or phrases that indicate mandatory action (i.e. “shall”) in this Appendix R shall be read and construed as words or phrases that indicate recommended action (i.e. “should”].”

 

Section P2603.6.1  Sewer depth.  Insert "48" inches in two locations.

 

Adopt Appendix $ - Radon Control Methods.

 

Adopt Appendix G – Swimming Pools, Spas, and Hot Tubs.

 

Delete AF103.3 Soil-gas-retarder.

 

Delete AF103.5.2 Soil-gas-retarder.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3055, § 2, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 3484, § 2, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 3794, § 2, 5-6-91; Ord. No. 4702, § 2, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4973, § 2, 9-17-07; Ord. No. 5135, § 5, 9-7-10

 

Secs. 6-163.  Reserved.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3055, § 3, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4702, § 3, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4972, § 1, 9-17-07

 

ARTICLE VIII.  ENERGY CONSERVATION

Sec. 6-171.  Adoption by reference.

 

A certain document, one (1) copy which is on file in the office of the city clerk of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska, being marked and designated as the "2006 International Energy Conservation Code" as published by The International Code Council, Inc. is hereby adopted as the energy conservation code of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska, as if fully set out in this section, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in section 6-172 of this article. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 4972, § 2, 9-17-07

 

Sec. 6-172.  Additions, insertions and changes.

 

The following sections of the energy conservation code adopted in Section 6-171 are hereby revised as follows:

 

Chapter 4.  Residential Energy Efficiency.  Delete this chapter in its entirety.

 

Section 505.  Electrical Power and Lighting Systems (Mandatory).  Delete this Section in its entirety. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 4972, § 2, 9-17-07

 

Sec. 6-173.  Energy conservation standards.

 

Minimum requirements are as follows:

 

(a)   Ceiling:  R-44 insulation.  

 

(b)   Frame walls:  R-19 (combined R-value of wall elements).

 

(c)   Slab edge (on-grade):  R-10 insulation, twenty-four (24) inches down from top of slab.

 

(d)   Floors (over unheated spaces):  R-30 insulation.

 

(e)   Finished basement walls:  R-14 (Combined R-value of wall elements).

 

(f)   Crawl spaces:  R-10 insulation.  Shall be a conditioned space.  Floor shall be covered with not less than three (3) inches of concrete.

 

(g)   Windows:  Minimum of double-glazed and maximum U-factor of .35.  

 

(h)   Doors:

 

(1)       Sliding glass:  Double-glazed, maximum U-value of .35.

 

(2)       Swinging:  Maximum U-value of .35 based on testing prior to installation of glazing.

 

(i)   Weatherstripping/caulking:  Whatever is necessary to minimize infiltration.

 

(j)   HVAC equipment.

 

(1)       Heat pumps – Heating mode:

 

a.        COP=2.5/1.5 (air source).

 

b.        COP=2.5 (water source).

 

(2)       Boilers and furnaces:  Combustion efficiency equals eighty (80) percent.

 

(3)       Air Conditioners/heat pumps – Cooling:  SEER minimum rating 13.0.

 

(4)       Controls:  Each system controlled by thermostat; heating system capable of setback to fifty-five (55) Fahrenheit; cooling system capable of setup to eighty-five (85) Fahrenheit.

 

(5)       Ductwork:  R-6 insulation when outside conditioned space;  all transverse joints sealed.

 

(k)   Water heating:

 

(1)       Stand-by loss of fifteen (15) BTU per hour, per square foot, maximum; thermostat control and valve or switch to shut off completely.

 

(2)       Showerheads:  Three (3) gallons per minute, maximum.

 

(l)   Insulate exterior of foundation of slab-on-grade heated structures or provide a thermal break between floor and exterior foundation.

 

Deviations from above requirements require approval of the code official. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 3055, § 3, 2-16-82; Ord. No. 4702, § 3, 10-20-03; Ord. No. 4972, § 2, 9-17-07

 

ARTICLE IX.  PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE

Sec. 6-181.  Adoption by reference.

 

A certain document, one (1) copy which is on file in the office of the city clerk of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska, being marked and designated as the “International Property Maintenance Code 2006,” as published by The International Code Council, Inc., is hereby adopted as the property maintenance code of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska, as if fully set out in this section, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in section 6-183 of this article.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3253, § 1, 10-1-84; Ord. No. 3481, § 1, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 3792, § 1, 5-6-91; Ord. No. 4569, § 1, 1-7-02; Ord. No. 4975, § 2, 9-17-07

State law reference-Adoption by reference authorized, R.R.S. 1943, 18-132.

 

Sec. 6-182.  Conflicts.

 

In the event of a conflict between the provisions of the publication adopted by reference in this article and any other provisions of this Code, such other provisions shall be controlling.  

 

Source: Ord. No. 4569, § 2, 1-7-02; Ord. No. 4975, § 2, 9-17-07

 

Sec. 6-183.  Additions, insertions and changes.

 

The following sections of the property maintenance code adopted in section 6-181 are hereby revised as follows:

 

Section 101.1  Title.  Insert:  the City of Norfolk, Nebraska.

 

Section 103.5 Fees.  Amend section to read as follows:

 

 “The fees for activities and services performed by the department in carrying out its responsibilities under this code shall be charged as necessary to reasonably recover costs.”

   

Section 110.1 General.  Amend section to read as follows:

 

"The code official shall order the owner of any structure or the owner of the premises upon which any structure is located that has been condemned by the code official pursuant to this code, or in the code official's judgment is so old, dilapidated or has become so out of repair as to be dangerous, unsafe, unsanitary or otherwise unfit for human habitation or occupancy, and such that it is unreasonable to repair the structure, to demolish and remove such structure; or if such structure is capable of being made safe by repairs, to repair and make safe and sanitary or to demolish and remove at the structure owner's or property owner's option; or where there has been a cessation of normal construction of any structure for a period of more than two years, to demolish and remove such structure.  In the event the structure and premises upon which the structure is located are in separate ownership, then both the owner of the structure and the owner of the premises shall be responsible for said removal."

 

Section 110.3  Failure to comply.  Amend section to read as follows:

 

If the owner of a premises fails to comply with a demolition order within the time prescribed, the code official may cause the structure to be demolished and removed, either through an available public agency or by contract or arrangement with private persons, and the cost of such demolition and removal shall be charged against the real estate upon which the structure is located and shall be a lien upon such real estate.

 

Section 111.1 Application for appeal.  Amend section to read as follows:

 

"Any person directly affected by a decision of the code official or a notice or order issued under this code shall have the right to appeal to the board of appeals, provided that a written application for appeal is filed within 20 days after the day the decision, notice or order was served.  A fee set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code shall accompany each application for appeal to the board of appeals which fee shall be refunded to the applicant in the event the board of appeals finds in favor of the applicant.  An application for appeal shall be based on a claim that the true intent of this code or the rules legally adopted thereunder have been incorrectly interpreted, the provisions of this code do not fully apply, or the requirements of this code are adequately satisfied by other means, or that the strict application of any requirement of this code would cause an undue hardship."

 

Section 302.4  Weeds.  Insert:  twelve (12) inches.

 

Section 304.14  Insect Screens.  Insert: April 1 to November 1.

 

Section 602.3  Heat supply.  Amend section to read as follows: 

 

“Every owner and operator of any building who rents, leases or lets one or more dwelling unit, rooming unit, dormitory or guestroom on terms, either expressed or implied, to furnish heat to the occupants thereof shall supply heat to maintain a temperature of not less than 68 F. (20 C.) in all habitable rooms, bathrooms, and toilet rooms.

 

Exception:  When the outdoor temperature is below the winter outdoor design temperature for the locality, maintenance of the minimum room temperature shall not be required provided that the heating system is operating at its full design capacity.  The winter outdoor design temperature for the locality shall be as indicated in Appendix D of the International Plumbing Code.”

 

Section 602.4  Occupiable work spaces. Amend section to read as follows: 

 

“Indoor occupiable work spaces shall be supplied with heat to maintain a temperature of not less than 65 F. (18 C.) during the period the spaces are occupied.

 

Exceptions:

 

1.        Processing, storage and operation areas that require cooling or special temperature conditions.

 

2.        Areas in which persons are primarily engaged in vigorous physical activities.”  

 

Source: Ord. No. 3088, § 13, 9-7-82; Ord. No. 3253, § 2, 10-1-84; Ord. No. 3481, § 2, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 3792, § 2, 5-6-91; Ord. No. 4569, § 3, 1-7-02; Ord. No. 4896, § 1, 9-5-06; Ord. No. 4975, § 2, 9-17-07; Ord. No. 5135, § 5, 9-7-10

 

Sec. 6-184.  Structures damaged by fire, flood, wind, disaster or other calamity.

 

Any structure becoming uninhabitable, unusable or unoccupiable as a result of fire, flood, wind, disaster or other calamity shall be completely repaired within one (1) year of the fire, flood, wind, disaster or other calamity.  If repairs are not completed within one (1) year, the structure shall be inspected by the code official.  If following the inspection, the structure is determined to be uninhabitable, unusable or unoccupiable by the code official, the structure shall be demolished by the owner of the property.  In the event the structure and premises upon which the structure is located are in separate ownership, then both the owner of the structure and the owner of the premises shall be responsible for said removal.  Any appeal of the code official's decision shall be governed by the appeal provisions contained in the property maintenance code adopted by the city.  

 

Source: Ord. No. 4975, § 2, 9-17-07

 

 

The public information contained herein is furnished as a public service by the City of Norfolk. The official record is maintained by the City Clerk's Office as required by Neb. Rev. Stat. § 16-317. A printed version of the Norfolk Municipal Code is available at the City Clerk's Office and the Norfolk Public Library.

 

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