Tuesday, August 4, 1998 11:02:52 PM
From: GSBN@...,Txinfinet Incoming
Subject: Digest for 8/4/98
-> FYI, Codes in Nevada
by M J Epko <duckchow@...>


Date: 4 Aug 1998 17:51:56 -0500
From: M J Epko <duckchow@...>
Subject: FYI, Codes in Nevada

Glenn, responding to my status-of-Nevada's-SB-code question:


Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 14:48:42 -0800
From: Glenn Curtis <glennc@...>

Here's the skinny....
Each county or city in Nevada... administers the UBC (and other) codes as
it sees fit. Each municipality may also add their own provisions... which
most do. So it's the cities and counties that issue permits and inspect
within their geographical boundaries. I have visited with all the bldg.
dept.s in Clark County (southern Nevada...including Las Vegas etc...) in
the past few days to get an update on their SB code approach. Here's the
Readers Digest version. No code provisions have been added for SB in the
City of Las Vegas, City of North Las Vegas, City of Henderson, Boulder City
or Clark County! When questioned... they all simply said... submit your
plan complete with your structural engineering and we will take each on a
case-by-case basis. As of today... none of the jurisdictions EXCEPT Clark
County... had even seen a strawbale project much less had one submitted to
them for plan review prior to construction. Clark County says they have
issued 2 SB permits and don't know of any more pending. Because of this
low interest level and lack of project submissions... they have elected to
not enact any SB codes for now. They all expressed interest in examining
adopted provisions by other muni's which I will forward to them for future
reference. As I mentioned in an earlier post... the legislature of Nevada
passed AB171 which opened the door for SB in Nevada and made it law in the
Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Chapter 278.580, para. #4. It is simply a
"notification" to the political subdivisions, that SB is a desirable
building technology and encourages it's promulgation. It does not "force"
any action though...it is only informational in approach. This can be
viewed on the web @ http://www.leg.state.nv.us/law1.htm look in the
"Revised Statutes" section and scan down to Chapter 278.580 and read
paragraph #4. It's about 3/4 of the way down a verrrrrryyyyyy long page.

If you want the names and phone#'s of bldg. dept. contacts... let me know.

I can't speak for the other counties of Nevada... I know some (many?) of
them do not have building departments... Nye county right next door to
us... is a good example. You can build what you want.... No permits
required. If you want info about the Carson City/Reno/Tahoe area... you'll
have to contact the City or County directly for an update (or find a
friendly!). I'm pooped!!! It's over 110 today and I need to sit down.


Freewheeling autonomous speculation - Think!
Personality #7 represents only itself.
M J Epko - duckchow@...
Kingston, New Mexico
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
- Aldous Huxley, Proper Studies


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