Current Building Codes

All of the model codes are on three year cycles for updates.  At the local level we often lag from the most current versions.  Public notifications, typical of City Council announcements, will be done prior to the consideration of the ordinance change for code updates.

Currently we are using:2012 versions of the International Building Code, International Mechanical Code, International Fire Code and International Residential Code, 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code and 2017 National Electrical Code.

  1. The building codes can be reviewed anytime at City Hall.  Copies may be purchased via the International Code Council at 5360 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA 90601 or at phone number 1-800-786-4452 or via the web at: Home | ICC Store (iccsafe.org)
  2. Currently Adopted Building Codes: Soldotna Municipal Code Title 15
  3. State of Alaska Adopted Codes:
    1. State Fire Marshal: Regulations - Fire - Alaska Department of Public Safety
    2. Department of Labor – Mechanical Section: Mechanical Inspection (alaska.gov)

The City of Soldotna does not adopt the Energy Code, however here in Alaska the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation does.  Alaska Housing also publishes the Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES).   Since most mortgage companies are following AHFC’s example there is an underlying expectation that all new construction be built to the latest recommendations for insulation values and ventilation.  While the City does not adopt the Energy Codes we do recommend that all owners make the best choices they can in regards to building energy efficient.  We do inspect the insulation and vapor barriers as it is installed. We also inspect new ventilation systems.

Energy Raters in Alaska: 

The American Disabilities act is a law enacted through the United States Department of Justice.  The latest version is the 2010 edition.  You may download the full text at:  2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design | ADA.gov

The building codes try to keep abreast of the requirements by paralleling their requirements with this act.  This allows building inspectors to help owners build structures that are in compliance with the laws standards.  As such the City of Soldotna enforces the building code provisions only and leaves the full enforcement of the ADA at the courts level as it was intended.

Owners of facilities are required to comply with the law for new construction.  Existing construction is to comply by retrofits as they may apply to a particular facility.  In some instances there are some exceptions and the most notable may be the “historic structure” section.  We encourage all owners to become familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act.