Vail’s new building code in effect Jan. 1 |

Vail’s new building code in effect Jan. 1

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Contractors doing work in Vail are reminded that, beginning Jan. 1, the town will regulate all building construction according to the 2009 edition of the International Building Codes.

The codes, as approved by the Town Council in October, are available on the town’s Web site at, then click on the “Community Development Department,” then “Building Safety and Inspection Services.”

Examples of changes in the new codes include the 2009 International Energy Code that increases efficiencies of homes by over 15 percent from current requirements.

The changes were reviewed and recommended for approval by seven technical advisory committees made up of local engineers, architects, contractors and code officials, as well as members of the town’s Building and Fire Appeals Board. Their work took six months and included over 35 construction professionals.

All building permit applications submitted on or after Jan. 1 will be required to comply with the 2009 International Building Codes. All existing active projects may continue to be constructed using current building code regulations. If a permit has expired and is not reinstated by Jan. 1, a new permit will be required which must comply with the updated codes.

Martin Haeberle, the town’s chief building official, says building codes are updated every three years to address technical advances in the construction industry. For more information, contact Haeberle at 970-479-2142.

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