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Regional and local codes
In addition to the broad requirements above you also need to take into account any codes which are specific to a project location. Different jurisdictions have distinctive rules which are continually updated to ensure maximum safety and accessibility
In most cases, local municipalities use standard codes like IBC as a foundation for their building codes, though each municipality can determine which version of IBC to follow. For instance, one city may be utilizing the 2015 IBC while another uses the 2018 IBC.
Each city, county, and state will have requirements which may vary from those listed above, as well as local inspectors who monitor businesses to ensure they are in line with rules and regulations.
As you may know, California is regulated by the California Building Standards Code for all commercial, public, and residential structures. The CBSC includes building standards that are contained in national model codes, adapted from national codes to address specific local conditions, and authorized by the state government to address California-specific concerns. For example, to comply with California building code, glass railings must be designed to protect pedestrians during seismic events.
Some counties and cities in California will include additional regulations on top of the CBSC, whereas municipalities outside of California may adopt aspects of these standards for their unique local use.
The code considerations we listed here are just examples — you should always do thorough research to ensure you are in compliance with the correct requirements for your location and job type. If not, the end result will be costly rework, code violations, and dissatisfied clients.
To remove any barriers for your jobs, work with someone who has expertise in railing codes. With nearly 40 years of experience in the industry, Morse Industries is a trusted leader in glass railing systems, glazing, and more. We are here to share our industry knowledge and to help choose the perfect products for your project.
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