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2020 Code Updates

2020 Code Updates

The City of Altoona has completed the process of adopting new construction codes. The previously adopted code was the 2012 series of codes published by the International Code Council (ICC). We have updated to the 2018 cycle of the ICC published codes and the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC). The following chapters of the City Ordinance were amended to reflect this adoption:

CHAPTER 155 – 2018 Building Code
CHAPTER 156 – 2018 Mechanical Code
CHAPTER 157 – 2018 Plumbing Code
CHAPTER 158 – 2017 Electrical Code
CHAPTER 161 – 2018 Fire Code
CHAPTER 162 – 2018 Housing Code

NOTE: As of April 1st, 2021, The City of Altoona is under the 2020 Electrical Code with amendments. Please see attached notice on the 2020 NEC Amendments.

There are only a few significant changes to the current codes and most reflect increased fire protection for our citizens and firefighter safety. These are listed below:

  1. Sprinkler Requirements
  2. A residential sprinkler system shall be installed in one and two family homes 8,000 sq. ft. or larger. Townhomes shall be required to install a sprinkler system if the structure is 18,000 sq. ft. or larger or consisting of more than 8 attached townhome units. This is to provide a level of safety for residents and firefighters on these larger structures.
  3. The sprinkler threshold for daycare structures will be amended to include any structure 5,000 sq. ft. or more, or with an occupant load of 100 or more in a Group I-4 or Group E Daycare occupancy.
  4. New multi-family structures 3 stories or more in height that are required to have a sprinkler system shall provide sprinkler protection to the attic, unless the structural and roofing components are composed of non-combustible materials, or the attic height is 4’ or less.
  5. Standpipe systems shall be installed in commercial structures 3 or more stories above grade plane.
  6. Sheds and other accessory structures 40 sq. ft. or larger will require a permit prior to placement.

This adoption will affect the construction of any structures with a permit issuance date of March 1, 2020 or later.