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2012 Building and Fire codes considered for adoption

Friday, March 01, 2013

PRESCOTT, AZ (March 1, 2013) - The City of Prescott is considering adoption of the 2012 International Fire and Wildland/Urban Interface Code as well as the International I Building Code along with their own local amendments.

For the City of Prescott, public meetings and advisory and appeals meetings will be held on March 6, 13, and 27, at 11:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers, and adoption of the codes will likely be considered for approval by City Council in early April. The City has been working on the details of implementing the codes for the last year.

"We have been working under the 2006 IFC and IWUIC, having skipped the 2009 cycle for administrative reasons. It is common to skip one code cycle (2009), and adopt every other code release," said Fire Marshal, Don Devendorf. "We have worked with our Building Department, as well as our regional Fire cooperators, in an attempt to simplify the rules that will affect our customers within the region as well as make the rules as consistent as possible, taking each agency's special needs into consideration. This way, contractors do not have to wonder which rules apply based upon the jurisdiction in which they're building," he added.

"If we do not adopt the 2012 International I codes, our ISO (Insurance Services Organization) rating will change drastically and increase the cost of homeowners' and renters' insurance for all the residents of Prescott," said Randall Pluimer, Building Official. "Also, the new codes allow additional building alternatives and technologies that have not been allowed in the previous codes."

For further information, contact Don Devendorf, Fire Marshal, at don.devendorf@prescott-az.gov, or 928.777.1704 or Randall Pluimer, Building Official, at randy.pluimer@prescott-az.gov, or 928.777.1228.