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Building Codes & Requirements
Building Codes:
The City of Gainesville has adopted the following constuction codes that provide minimum standards during the building process to help ensure public safety:

2009 International Building Code
2009 International Residential Building Code
2009 International Plumbing Code
2009 International Fuel Gas Code
2009 International Mechanical Code
2009 International Property Maintenance Code
2009 International Energy Conservation Code
2009 International Existing Building Code with resource A
2009 International Fire Code
2011 National Electric Code NFPA 70

Current Ordinances for Building and Building Regulations click here.

The City of Gainesville requires the following:

    1.  Residences are to be built in accordance with the 2009 International Residential Building code.

    2.  The building contractor or design professional is required to provide Energy Code Calculations to be filed with permit.

    3.  Sections of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code relating to residences are to be adhered to.

    4.  A plumbing Code, approved by the State, is to be used. The City of Gainesville uses the 2009 International Plumbing Code and the 2009 International Fuel Gas Code.

    5.  The City Plumbing Inspector is to be licensed by the State.

    6.  Plumbing work is to be supervised by a Master Plumber registered with the State.

    7.  Electrical work is required to be supervised by a Master Electrician registered with the State.

    8.  Heating / Air Conditioning Contractors are required to be registered with the State.

    9.  An elevation certificate by a registered engineer or surveyor is required for properties that are located in a floodplain.

    10.  No construction is allowed in a floodway.

    11.  The 2009 International Building Code is required for commercial construction by State Law.

    12.  Any handicap considerations or construction is required to comply with State Law.