Building Construction Codes
Building Construction Codes
NOTE: The City Council recently approved the adoption of the 2012 International Building Codes. The new construction codes became effective on April 1, 2013.


The City Council approved the adoption of the 2006 International Building Codes on July 28, 2008 meeting. The new construction codes became effective on April 1, 2009.


Summary of Amendments

Proposed Code Amendments to the International Codes

(Red Text indicates new provisions from previous Shawnee Municipal Code)

15.04 Adopts the 2006 International Building Code with the following omissions and amendments:

  1. Editorial identification of City of Shawnee.
  2. Delete reference to all unspecified International codes.
  3. Eliminate creation of the Department of Safety.
  4. Insert “work hours” regulations.
  5. Modify permit exemption for retaining walls in drainage areas.
  6. Modify permit exemption for decks less than 30” above grade.
  7. Establish permit exemption for re-roofing, re-siding, and replacement windows.
  8. Require contractor’s to carry county license and to register with Shawnee.
  9. Establish requirement for permit expiration.
  10. Require permit applicant to be responsible for code compliance, and required public improvements adjacent to the construction sites.
  11. Require notarized statements of code compliance from homebuilders.
  12. Require verification of the name of the subcontractor used on the project.
  13. Require seller’s disclosure statements.
  14. Establish a permit fee schedule.
  15. Establish a refund policy with no refunds for permit fees of less than $25.00, and 80% of the portion above $25.00.
  16. Require satisfactory final inspection before permit expires.
  17. Security ordinance proposal for apartments.
  18. Establish revisions to the building code requirements for fire protection sprinkler systems.
  19. Establish requirements for architectural review of commercial projects for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  20. Editorial identification of City of Shawnee and insertion of effective date of the Flood Insurance Study map adoption.
  21. Modification to allow for flexibility on drinking fountains and mop sinks.
  22. Maintains current requirements and fees for annual elevator inspections.

15.06 Adopts the 2006 International Residential Code with the following omissions and amendments:
  1. Editorial identification of City of Shawnee.
  2. Delete duplicated administrative provisions and establishes the IBC administrative provisions as applicable.
  3. Establish climatic and geographic design criteria. Deletes requirement for “Ice Shield” on roofs.
  4. Require 5/8” type X gypsum to be used in residential garages.
  5. Adds an exception for remodeling existing basements to allow updating smoke detector installation to meet current requirements.
  6. Allows for reduction in common wall fire rating if sprinklers are used.
  7. Security ordinance proposal for new residential construction.
  8. Maintain current requirement for sprinklers in 4-plexes and larger.
  9. Establish allowable materials for fences.
  10. Eliminates provisions for wood foundation systems.
  11. Mirrors O.P. and Olathe requirements for minimum footing reinforcement.
  12. Mirrors O.P. and Olathe requirements for minimum pier pad size and adds minimum deck footing size.
  13. Mirrors O.P. requirements for situations requiring engineered foundations and allows city approved standard designs.
  14. Changes required engineering design of retaining walls from 2 feet to 5 feet.
  15. Require residential foundation top of wall bracing.
  16. Require residential isolation between the concrete slabs and support columns.
  17. Eliminates provision for minimum window sill heights.
  18. Requires two layers of felt (water-resistive barrier) under masonry stucco.
  19. Requires prescriptive sill flashing at all doors and windows.
  20. Wood roof ordinance, as currently adopted.
  21. Allows unfinished basements to remain un-insulated if they are more than 50% below ground.
  22. V. Require fences around residential swimming pools to be 6 feet tall instead of 4 feet tall.

15.08 Adopts the 2005 National Electrical Code with the following omissions and amendments:
  1. Establish the IBC administrative provisions as applicable.

15.10 Adopts the 2006 International Fuel Gas Code with the following omissions and amendments:
  1. Editorial identification of City of Shawnee.
  2. Delete duplicated administrative provisions and establish the IBC administrative provisions as applicable.

15.12 Adopts the 2006 International Mechanical Code with the following omissions and amendments:
  1. Editorial identification of City of Shawnee.
  2. Delete duplicated administrative provisions and establish the IBC administrative provisions as applicable.

15.16 Adopts the 2006 International Plumbing Code with the following omissions and amendments:
  1. Editorial identification of City of Shawnee and insertion of effective date of the ordinance.
  2. Delete duplicated administrative provisions and establish the IBC administrative provisions as applicable.
  3. Insert minimum sewer depth.
  4. Modification to allow for flexibility on drinking fountains and mop sinks.
  5. Insert minimum vent extension above roof.

15.18 Adopts the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code with the following omissions and amendments:
  1. Editorial identification of City of Shawnee.
  2. Added exception which allows exterior basement walls made of concrete or masonry which are not adjacent to finished space to be exempted from insulation requirements.
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