PUBLIC SCHOOL PROGRAM FAQ / CODES AND STANDARDS

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 Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What building codes and standards have been adopted for the construction of public schools?
  2. What other state agencies require reviews, permits and approvals for public school construction?
  3. Will fees be charged for state reviews, inspections and approval of public school construction?
  4. What is the procedure for submitting school plans and specifications for state approval?
  5. How do you "Close-Out" a Building Permit, and obtain a "Final Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.)"?

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1. What building codes and standards have been adopted for the construction of public schools?


Effective April 1, 2015

ARTICLE 3 - Codes, Documents and Standards incorporated by reference

    3.1 The following codes and the standards referenced therein are adopted and promulgated as minimum standards for the construction and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures of a Board in the State of Colorado. Plans submitted for review prior to April 1, 2015 are allowed to comply with the 2006 codes adopted under previous rule.

 3.1.1   International Building Code - 2015 Edition, First Printing: May 2014(Copyright 2014 by International Code Council, Inc. Washington, D.C.).

As amended by the followinq:

1010.1.11 Classroom Door Hardware. 
In classrooms within group E occupancies hardware shall include a means to manually lock egress doors from inside the classroom.Such means shall not prevent these doors from being readily openable from the egress side without key or special knowledge or effort.

Exceptions:

1. Egress door assemblies which operate in compliance with NFPA 80 within classrooms of group E occupancies shall not be required to include a manual locking means.

2. Egress doors within classrooms of group E occupancies which are fully sprinklered in accordance with 903.3.1.1 shall not be required to include a manual locking means.

3. Egress door within classrooms of group E occupancies complying with 1020.1,

exception 1 shall not be required to include a manual locking means.

3.1.2 International Fire Code - 2015 Edition, First Printing: May 2014 (Copyright 2014 by

International Code Council, Inc. - Washington, D.C.), including Appendices Band C.

As amended by the following:

703.2. Opening protectives. Opening protectives shall be maintained in an operative condition in accordance with NFPA 80. Where allowed by the fire code official, the application of field applied labels associated with the maintenance of opening protectives shall follow the requirements of the approved third-party certification organization accredited for listing the opening protective. Fire doors and smoke barrier doors shall not be blocked or obstructed or otherwise made inoperable. Fusible links shall be replaced promptly whenever fused or damaged. Fire door assemblies shall not be modified.

Exceptions:

1. Egress door assemblies within classrooms of group E occupancies which are fully sprinklered in accordance with 903.3.1.1 and which are required to be locked during security lockdown situations are allowed to be provided with an approved manual means to prevent automatic latching.

2. Egress door assemblies within classrooms of group E occupancies complying with 1020.1, exception 1 and which are required to be locked during security lockdown situations are allowed to be provided with an approved manual means to prevent automatic latching.

3. Egress door assemblies within classrooms of group E occupancies not complying with exceptions 1 or 2 which are required to be locked during security lockdown situations are allowed to be provided with an approved manual means to prevent automatic latching provided that all of the following are met:

3.1. Egress doors shall be readily openable from the egress side without the use of a key or special knowledge or effort.

3.2. The device used to prevent latching can be quickly disabled or removed in the event of an evacuation.

3.3. No more than one such device may be used on any egress door.

3.4. Devices shall be disabled or removed at all times that the classroom is unoccupied.

3.5. Faculty working within the room shall disable or remove the device used to prevent latching in event of an evacuation, whether for a drill or an actual emergency.

3.6. Subsequent to all evacuations, the Principal or designee shall verify the status of devices and initiate appropriate corrective action in cases where responsible staff fails to disable or remove them.

3.7.The School District's School Safety, Readiness, and Incident Management Plan Includes training and/or other procedures necessary to ensure compliance with these requirements.

3.8. Egress door hardware shall be replaced with hardware complying with IBC Section 1010.1.11 by no later than January 1, 2018.

3.9. This exception may be rescinded by the Fire Code Official upon evidence of noncompliance with these provisions.

1031.10. Any door latching hardware in classrooms within group E occupancies that is repaired or replaced shall comply with Section 1010.1.11.

Exceptions:

1. Egress door assemblies complying with 703.2, Exceptions 1 or 2.

2. Egress door assemblies which operate in compliance with NFPA 80.

3.1.3 International Mechanical Code - 2015 Edition, 

First Printing: May2014 (Copyright 2014 by International Code Council, Inc. - Washington, D.C.).

3.1.4 International Energy Conservation Code - 2015 Edition, First Printing: May 2014

(Copyright 2014 by International Code Council, Inc. - Washington, D.C.).

3.1.5 International Existing Building Code- 2015 Edition, First Printing: May 2014 (Copyright

2014 by International Code Council, Inc. - Washington, D.C.).

As amended by the following:

604.2. Repair or Replacement of Door Hardware in Classrooms. Any door latching hardware in classrooms within group E occupancies that is repaired or replaced shall comply with IBC Section 1010.1.11.

Exceptions:

1. Egress door assemblies which operate in compliance with NFPA 80 within classrooms of group E occupancies shall not be required to include a manual locking means.

2. Egress doors within classrooms of group E occupancies which are fully sprinklered in accordance with IBC Section 903.3.1.1 shall not be required to include a manual locking means.

3. Egress doors within classrooms of group E occupancies complying with IBC

Section 1020.1

 exception 1 shall not be reguired to include a manual locking means.

3.1.6 International Residential Code - 2015 Edition, First Printing: May 2014 (Copyright 2014 by International Code Council, Inc. - Washington, D.C.)

3.2 The Division shall maintain copies of the complete texts of the adopted codes, which are available for public inspection during regular business hours. Interested parties may inspect the referenced incorporated materials and/or obtain copies of the adopted codes for a reasonable fee by contacting the Fire and Life Safety Section Chief at the Division, 700 Kipling St, Lakewood, CO, and/or The State Depository Libraries. Copies of the adopted codes are available from the organization originally issuing the codes, the International Code Council, Inc., through the International Code Council Regional Office Bookstores, reached by calling BBB-ICC-SAFE or on the web at www.iccsafe.org.

3.3 In the event that a new edition of the code is adopted, the code current at the time of permit application shall remain in effect throughout the work authorized by the permit.

3.4 This rule does not include later amendments or editions of the incorporated material.

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Effective For Plan Review submitted January 1, 2009 valid until April 1 2015- 

International Building Code - 2006 Edition, Third Printing: March 2007 (Copyright 2006 by International Code Council, Inc. Washington, D.C.)

International Fire Code - 2006 Edition, Third Printing: April 2007 (Copyright 2006 by International Code Council, Inc. - Washington, D.C.), including Appendices B and C.

International Mechanical Code - 2006 Edition, Second Printing: December 2007 (Copyright 2006 by International Code Council, Inc. - Washington, D.C.)

International Energy Conservation Code - 2006 Edition, First Printing: January 2007 (Copyright 2006 by International Code Council, Inc. - Washington, D.C.)

International Existing Building Code- 2006 Edition, First Printing: January 2007 (Copyright 2006 by International Code Council, Inc. - Washington, D.C.)

International Residential Code – 2006 Edition, Second Printing: November 2006 (Copyright 2006 by International Code Council, Inc. - Washington, D.C.)

2. What other state agencies require reviews, permits and approvals for public school construction?


3. Will fees be charged for state reviews, inspections and approval of public school construction?

Yes. Fees will be charged for all projects; the amount will be determined by the project valuation.

EFFECTIVE DEC 4, 2014

 Half of the fees must be submitted prior to commencement of plan review and the remaining half must be submitted prior to permit issuance. Inspections shall not be scheduled or performed until the required fee has been paid.


4. What is the procedure for submitting school plans and specifications for state approval?


Submit  50% of total permit fee, two sets of drawings stamped by the Architect and Engineer, a completed and signed Permit plan review application, 1 electronic set (disc), 2 Project Manual, Soils report, Specifications/Calculations , Site plan if required -- allow eight to ten weeks for final approval.




5. How do you "Close-Out" a Building Permit, and obtain a "Final Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.)"?


  1. Complete conditions listed on building permit:
    - Electrical and Plumbing Inspections - Final Approval
    - Fire Department - Final Approval
    - Fire Alarms - Final Approval
    - Fire Sprinkler System - Final Approval
    - Health Department Approval - Final Approval
    - New Boilers - Final Approval
    - Elevators/Lifts - Final Approval
     
  2. Request an inspection from Division of Fire Prevention and Control