DSD Hosts 1st International Existing Building Code Seminar
The Development Services Department and International Code Council in conjunction with Borderland
Inspectors Association recently sponsored the first seminar highlighting the International Existing Building
The City of El Paso has adopted, with recommendation from the Development Services Department (DSD), the
International Existing Building Code (IEBC), providing a progressive approach for a large number of existing
buildings and structures to comply with current code requirements for tenant improvements. The seminar provided
a focused explanation to attendees including current construction regulations on existing buildings that undergo
additions, alterations, renovations, extensive repairs or change of occupancy. This type of activity represents an
opportunity to ensure that existing conditions are maintained at a current level of compliance, making the
rehabilitation process easier. The IEBC allows for a controlled departure from full compliance with the technical
codes, without compromising the minimum standards of Fire prevention and life safety.
Examples of items exempt from permits or inspection include:
Questions? For more information on the IEBC please contact:
- Accessory structures less than 120 Square Feet
- Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30" above grade
- Painting, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, and similar finish work
- Minor electrical repair and maintenance
- Minor plumbing repairs such as stopping of leaks
Larry Nichols, Building Official
Joel Guzman, Chief Plans Examiner
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