Vail proposes changes to building code
Ryan Summerlin October 11, 2012
VAIL, Colorado – The town of Vail is expected to adopt new building codes at its next town council meeting Oct. 16.
The town of Vail updates its building codes every three years in order to stay current with laws and technology, according to a memo sent to the council by the Community Development Department and the Vail Fire Department Tuesday.
The Building and Fire Appeals Board held public hearings monthly over the last
nine months reviewing the changes from the previously adopted building codes and
amendments to the 2012 Building codes. The board has also added provisions that address construction practices that are unique to the community, according to the memo.
The town heard from Fire Chief Mark Miller earlier Tuesday about the criteria used to determine if fire sprinkler systems are required in new single family or two-family (duplex) residences. The systems are not required in existing residences when no building permit is required, meaning remodels that require a permit would also follow the criteria for the sprinkler systems.
Councilman Greg Moffet said the town should be careful with the criteria because it might encourage people to do unpermitted work. He said the process should be fair and safety-driven, adding that the overall building code changes for 2012 cover ground he doesn’t think should be covered by fire and building departments such as energy efficiency and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, for example.
“Isn’t a building code about safety rather than a whole bunch of other stuff,” Moffet asked.
Moffet was the only council member who opposed the new building codes on first reading Tuesday. Councilman Kevin Foley was absent from the meeting.
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