Montrose, CO—Montrose County updated its building codes to the International Building Code (IBC), 2018 Edition at a special board meeting on June 27. This update is the result of state legislation and is the least burdensome option for residents and builders.
“We compared the 2009, 2018, and 2021 codes and decided that the 2018 codes were the best option for builders, contractors, and residents based on how modern the codes are and the costs involved,” said Tallmadge Richmond, Planning and Development Director for Montrose County. “It is also important to note that the county’s building codes and city’s building codes will match as both agencies recently updated codes. This is helpful for contractors in the area.”
Building permits are not proposed to be affected. In addition to the update for the international building code, this also includes updates for the International Residential Code (IRC), 2018 Edition; the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), 2018 Edition; and the National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards/American National Standards Institute (NCSBCS/ANSI) A225; and 1-1994 Non-Permanent Foundations Guide for Manufactured Housing.
Some of the major changes from the 2009 codes to the 2018 codes include:
- Increased insulation requirements: the 2018 codes require more insulation [than 2009 codes] in homes and buildings, which can help to save energy and money on heating and cooling costs.
- Changes to fence requirements: The 2018 codes now require a permit for fences that are 7 feet or taller, instead of 6 feet as in the 2009 codes.
The new building codes are effective immediately. If you are planning to build or remodel a home or building in Montrose County, the new building code resolution is available online for reference.