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 Code.

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:

  1. Accessory structures less than 120 Square Feet
  2. Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30" above grade
  3. Painting, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, and similar finish work
  4. Minor electrical repair and maintenance
  5. Minor plumbing repairs such as stopping of leaks
Questions? For more information on the IEBC please contact:

Larry Nichols, Building Official
Joel Guzman, Chief Plans Examiner