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New Kentucky Building and Residential Code

At the start of 2019, binding alterations to the Kentucky Building and Residential Code (now in its 2nd edition) took effect. The code, established under legislation and applied by the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction (DHBC) and the Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), is the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) with state-specific amendments. Additionally, the state adopted both the Kentucky Building and Residential Code as a mini/maxi code. A mini/maxi system means that it is a statewide, uniform, mandatory building code, and local governments must not adopt or enforce any other building code governing commercial construction.  The DHBC & DEDI also established the mini/maxi code requirements in the residential code for detached single-family dwellings, two-family dwellings, and townhouses. Local governments should not adopt or enforce any other building code on these units. The law and changes are vital knowledge for tradespeople to have to ensure a prosperous future for Kentucky.

So with Kentucky code, who is in charge?
The code makes jurisdiction to be at the state level. Yet under-populated building areas (under 100 people/ rural) called "under-sizing" by the DHBC officials, and other exceptions often permit further allowances with the code to happen. Therefore, before building, it is still best to call and check-in with the state officials at the DHBC. The Kentucky DHBC was established to yoke together all inspection related jobs connected to the building trades. The mission of the DHBC is to provide an efficient building process. Therefore, as the DHBC administers big blue statewide standards for construction, the DEDI undertaking is to create resourceful, ecological energy solutions and strategies for growth and environmental protection. Both departments work with the people of Kentucky to keep the codes customized and current to the needs of the big blue nation.

Do you need to brush up on your knowledge of the IBC and mini/maxi of it all, Big Blue? The Builders License Training Institute is here to help professionals and organizations fulfill continuing education needs, grow their knowledge base, and perform more efficiently through online learning. We would be happy to get y'all started- Call us today! 1-800-727-7104.


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