Builder's Reference Manual

                          Welcome to the Builder's Reference Manual

The purpose of this Reference Manual is to establish minimum requirements to safeguard the public safety, health, and general welfare through affordability, structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, light and ventilation, energy conservation and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the build environment and to provide safety to firefighters and emergency responders during emergency operations. 

This manual has been prepared to assist in Code Compliance with the following:
A. 2015 International Building Code
B. 2015 International Residential Code for One-and-Two family Dwellings
C. 2015 Plumbing Code
D. 2009 International Energy Code
E. Dig Safe Regulations

R104.1 General.  The Building official is hereby authorized and directed to enforce the provisions of this code.  The building official shall have the authority to render interpretations of this code and to adopt policies and procedures in order to clarify the application of it's provisions.  Such interpretations, policies and procedures shall be in conformance with the intent and purpose of this code.  Such policies and procedures shall not have the effect of waiving requirements specifically provided for in this code.

R105 Applications and Permits.  The building official shall issue necessary notices or orders to ensure compliance with this code.

       A. Application for Building Permit
                          1. Building Permit Checklist
                          2. Culvert Form
                          3. Dimensional Requirements

          B. Subsurface Wastewater Disposal System Application
                          1. Subsurface Wastewater Rules in Maine
                          2. Subsurface Wastewater Inspection Checklist
          C. Internal Plumbing Application
                          1.Inspection Checklist- Quick Version
                          2. Residential Plumbing Rough-In
                          3. Residential Plumbing Final
          D. Town Sewer Hook Up
          E. Business Application

           F. Inspection Forms

*Please complete all necessary applications for your project in their entirety.  We cannot approve applications where information is missing/left blank.  If you have questions on this, please contact the office.

R106 Construction Documents. Submittal documents consisting of construction documents, and other data shall be submitted in two or more sets with each application for a permit.  The construction documents shall be prepared by a registered design professional where required.  Where special conditions exist, the building official is authorized to require additional construction documents to be prepared by a registered design professional.

                    A. Policy on Requirements for Stamped or Sealed Drawings

       R106.2 Site plan or Plot plan.  The construction documents submitted with the application for permit shall be accompanied by a site plan showing size and location of new construction and existing structures on the site and distances from lot lines.  In the case of demolition, the site plan shall show construction to be demolished and the location and size of existing structures and construction that are to remain on the site or plot.  The building official is authorized to waive or modify the requirement for a site plan where the application for permit is alteration or repair or where otherwise warranted.

         A. Conditional Use Permit and Site Plan Review
         B. Road Construction Standards  and Cul-De-Sac Diagram

Board of Appeals.  In order to hear and decide appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the Building Official relative to the application and interpretation of this code, there shall be and is hereby created a board of appeals. The Building Official shall be an ex officio member of said board but shall no have a vote on any matter before the board.  The board of appeals shall be appointed by the governing body and shall hold office at it's pleasure. The board shall adopt rules of procedure for conducting its business, and shall render decisions and findings in writing to the appellant with duplicate copy to the building official.
       A. Making An Appeal

Dig Safe.  Dig Safe Guide to Excavation

      A. Excavation

Compaction.  Soil Compaction Handbook
           A. Soil Compaction

Fire-Resistant Construction. Construction, projections, openings and penetrations of exterior walls of dwellings and accessory buildings shall comply.
           A. Whole House Fire Blocking
           B. Fire-Resistance-Rated Wood-Frame Wall & Floor/Ceiling Assemblies
           C. Fire Stopping and Blocking
           D. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Foundations. Foundation construction shall be capable of accomodating all loads in accordance with Section R301 and of transmitting the resulting loads to the supporting soil.  Fill soils that support footings and foundations shall be designed, installed and tested in accordance with accepted engineering practice.  Gravel fill used as footings for wood and precast concrete foundations shall comply with sections R403.
     R401.3 Drainage.  Surface drainage shall be diverted to a storm sewer conveyance or other approved point of collection that does not create hazard.  Lots shall be graded to drain surface water away from foundation walls.  The grade shall fall a minimum of 6 inches within the first 10 feet.  

              A. Footing & Foundation Inspection Checklist
                        Footing drainage

        A. Footing Drain Information

Wall Construction.  Wood and Wood-Based products use for load-supporting purposes shall conform to the applicable provisions of this section. 
           A. Residential Framing

           B. Wall Bracing           C. Wood Frame Wall Assmeblies
Residential Framing Inspection Checklist


Wall Covering. Interior coverings or wall finishes shall be installed in accordance with Chapter 7 of the 2015 IRC.   
     A. 5 Levels of Drywall Finishes

       B.  Application and Finishing of Gypsum Panel Products
       C. Gypsum Fire Wall Systems
       D.  Where to Insulate in a Home
       E. Insulated HVAC Duct Systems
       E. Residential Drywall Inspection Checklist

Roof-Ceiling Construction. 

Fire Resistant Wall and Floor/Ceiling Assemblies 
        B. Residential Roof/Shear Wall Inspection Checklist

Energy Efficiency. Maine currently utilizes the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code
     A. 2009 IECC Increased Inspections and Testing
      B. IECC Compliance for Maine
      C. Residential Requirements of the 2009 IECC
     D. Air Leakage Guide
     E. Methods and Materials for an Airtight Building (Info Only)

   A. Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide
   B. Deck Joist Cantilever Rules and Limits

Other Useful Information

         A. Code Enforcement for Small Towns
       B. Code Enforcement Vital for Community
       C. Design Guidelines
        D.Laws and Codes for Apartment Occupancies
        E.. Comdemning Real Property
        F. I
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