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Site-Specific Code Interpretation Process

What is a site-specific interpretation?
Who may ask for a site-specific interpretation?
Do site-specific interpretations replace local interpretations?
How does a building official ask for a site-specific interpretation?
 
What is a site-specific interpretation?
A site-specific interpretation determines how code provisions apply to the specific facts and circumstances of one particular location.
 

Who may ask for a site-specific interpretation?

Only a building official may request a site-specific interpretation. This interpretation process is designed to help local building officials make difficult code interpretations.
 

Do site-specific interpretations replace local interpretations?

No. A site-specific interpretation is an opportunity for a building official performing a local interpretation to get state assistance and advice.

 

How does a building official ask for a site-specific interpretation?

A site specific interpretation must be requested in writing, preferably on the appropriate division form. The request should contain:

  • The street address of the building site
  • A description of the need for a site-specific interpretation
  • The specialty code provisions that may apply

Once a request has been received by the division, the program chief will work with the building official to develop the interpretation. An interpretation is usually completed within 30 days.

 
Related Links:
Site-Specific Code Interpretation Process
Petition for Site-Specific Code Interpretation