Otsego County changes building code to follow International Building Codes
By Tom Grace, The Daily Star
Cooperstown News Bureau
COOPERSTOWN, New York - 7/15/02 - Builders beware: The rules of
the game are changing.
At the start of next year, Otsego County will no longer adhere
to the state's Uniform Building Codes, but along with the rest of
the state, will follow the
International Building Codes, according to David West, the
county's code enforcement officer.
"Actually, it went into effect at the start of July,"
West said last week. "Between now and the end of the year,
people can follow the uniform or the international codes."
After Jan. 1, the uniform codes will no longer apply, and the
more comprehensive international codes will govern how structures
"There are differences between the uniform and
international codes, but if someone is doing a good job under the
uniform codes, they probably won't have a problem when we
change," West said.
Charles Bateman, who chairs Otsego County's Public Safety
Committee, advised his fellow board members about the change
during the July 3 meeting of the Otsego County Board of
"I think we want to get the word out, especially for those
in the business," Bateman said.
The new rules will be more comprehensive in a number of areas,
such as specifying how boards will be nailed. They will govern how
rooms, even hallways, will be wired, an area not clearly
delineated previously, West said.
"Under the uniform code, it states that certain tasks will
be done in a 'workmanlike' manner," said West. Under the
international codes, the manner in which specific jobs should be
done will be spelled out, he said.
"The biggest change is that under the uniform codes there
is a lot of room for interpretation, but the new rules are
clearer," he said.
West said codes officials are being schooled in the new rules
and will hold forums to educate builders in the fall.
"I think education is going to be very important so we can
make this change as smooth as possible," he said.
West said he plans to work with building materials suppliers
such as Bruce Hall in Cooperstown to help advise contractors on
changes in the rules.
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