Building Department

Building Codes/Design Standards

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The objective of the Building Department of Elko is to provide for code compliance by requiring construction documents to be prepared in adequate detail and submitted for review and acceptance. The International Building Code suggests design standards for every area of the nation and in Elko, Nevada, our design values are:

 

Applicable Codes:

The objective of the Building Department of Elko is to provide for code compliance by requiring construction documents to be prepared in adequate detail and submitted for review and acceptance. Accordingly, the Building Department intends to see that structures are designed to withstand reasonable loads with normal use.  The following are the adopted codes by the City of Elko. 

The City of Elko adopted the 2018 International Building Codes on Julyy 1, 2019.  However, the codes listed below can still be used until December 31, 2019. 

  • 2009 International Building Code with Appendices C, E, F, G, H, I and J and necessary administrative provisions.
  • 2009 International Residential Code with the exception of Chapters 11-42 but with  appendices H, and K and necessary administrative provisions.
  • 2009 Uniform Mechanical Code with Appendices A, B, C, and D and necessary administrative provisions.
  • 2009 Uniform Plumbing Code with Appendices A, B, D, E, I, L and necessary administrative provisions.
  • 2012 International Fire Code and necessary administrative provisions.
  • 2008 National Electrical Code and necessary administrative provisions
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code and necessary administrative provisions.
  • The ICC code books can be found online at the International Code Council Website,www.iccsafe.org,
  • The UPC and UMC code books can be found at the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials Website, www.iapmo.org
  • The NEC code book can be found at the National Fire Protection Association Website, www.nfpa.org.
The City of Elko adopted the 2018 International Building Code on July 1, 2019. They include the following:

  • 2018 International Building Code- with Appendices C, E, H, I, J and O.
  • 2018 International Residential Code with the exception of chapters 11 through 42 but with appendices H and K and Q necessary administrative provisions. 
  • 2018 Uniform Mechanical Code
  • 2017 National Electrical Code and necessary provisions.
  •  2018 Existing Building Code with two (2) amendments
Revised Building Codes can be found here.  


Accordingly, the Building Department intends to see that structures are designed to withstand reasonable loads with normal use.

design

The design standards listed below are for the 2009 International Building Code.  If you are using 2018 International Building Code you MUST use the 2018 Design Standards listed in the Revised Building Code above.

 

  • Seismic Design Category D

  • Wind Speed 90 MPH (at 3 second gust)
  • Wind Exposure C

  • Snow Loads( both ground and roof) 30 PSF

  • Frost Depth Thirty Inches (30")