§ 104.2.8. Alternate Materials, Designs and Methods of Construction.*  


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  • The provisions of this Code are not intended to prevent the use of any material, appliance, installation, device, arrangement, design, or method of construction not specifically prescribed by this Code.

    The Building Official may approve on a case by case basis, any such alternate, provided that he or she finds that the material, appliance, installation, device, arrangement, design, or method of construction or work offered is, for the purpose intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed in this Code in quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, and other life-safety factors, durability, planning and design, energy, material resource efficiency and conservation, environmental air quality, performance, water, and sanitation.

    The Building Official shall require that sufficient evidence or proof be submitted to substantiate any claims that may be made regarding its use.

    A written application for use of an alternate material, design or method of construction shall be submitted together with a filing fee of $246.20. When staff review exceeds two hours, an additional fee of $123.10 per hour shall be charged for each hour or fraction thereof in excess of two hours.

    (Ord. 2016-0053 § 2, 2016; Ord. 2013-0048 § 2, 2013; Ord. 2010-0053 § 2, 2010; Ord. 2007-0108 § 2 (part), 2007; Ord. 2002-0076 § 19, 2002: Ord. 95-0065 § 3 (part), 1995.)

    *  Editor's note: Fee changes in this section were made by the Director of Public Works due to increases in the Consumer Price Index and are effective July 1, 2018.