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Code Alert: South Carolina, 29 August 2011


South Carolina - 2012 ICC Codes and 2011 NEC

On August 24, 2011 the South Carolina Building Code Council met to discuss the adoption of the latest edition of the ICC family of codes and the 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code. The ICC family of codes under consideration includes the 2012 editions and are divided into two groups the mandatory codes and the permissive codes. Mandatory codes are those adopted by the South Carolina Building Code Council and sanctioned by the South Carolina Legislature that are required to be mandatorily enforced by all jurisdictions in South Carolina that enforce building codes. Permissive codes are those that may be adopted by the jurisdictions of South Carolina on a voluntary basis. Note that the 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code is a mandatory code in the State of South Carolina.

Through a series of motions the South Carolina Building Code Council voted to review the following list of mandatory codes and permissive codes and will at the same time review the 2012 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code with possible intent to adopt if the legal question of whether the Building Code Council can act to adopt this code is answered favorably. The issue stems from the fact that the South Carolina Legislature officially adopted the 2006 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code as the energy code for the State of South Carolina, and Mr. Gary Wiggins, Codes Administrator for the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation questioned whether this adoption can be replaced by another similar code unless the South Carolina Legislature first agrees. The states attorney to the Building Code Council did not render a decision either way leaving the matter up in the air until it can be clarified by higher authority. Therefore three separate motions were made to start the public comment time of 6 months from September 1, 2011 to March 1, 2011. One motion was to start the review process for all the mandatory and permissive codes listed below and to begin the appointments of the various review committees that will not only review the codes listed below, but the public comments as well before filing a final recommendation with the South Carolina Building Codes Council. The second motion was to start a parallel review of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code with possible intent to adopt if the legal question of whether the Building Code Council can act to adopt this code is answered favorably. The third and almost forgotten motion due to all the discussion concerning the International Energy Conservation Code was a motion to begin a parallel process in reviewing the 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code with intent to adopt.

It should be noted that South Carolina adopts both the National Electrical Code and the International Residential Code along with the electrical provisions in the International Residential Code.

Mandatory codes include the:

  • 2012 Edition of the International Building Code;

  • 2012 Edition of the International Residential Code;

  • 2012 Edition of the International Fire Code;

  • 2012 Edition of the International Plumbing Code;

  • 2012 Edition of the International Mechanical Code;

  • 2012 Edition of the International Fuel Gas Code;

  • 2011 Edition of the National Electrical Code.

  • Permissive codes include the:

    • 2012 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code;

  • 2012 Edition of the International Existing Building Code;

  • 2012 Edition of the International Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities.

  • Interested persons may submit written comments until March 1, 2012 to:

    The South Carolina Building Codes Council
    PO Box 11329
    Columbia, SC 29211-1329
    http://www.llr.state.sc.us

    Contact: John Minick at john.minick@nema.org

     

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