CITY OF PRINCETON
ORDINANCE No. 324
AN ORDINANCE TO CREATE A BUILDING DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE CITY OF PRINCETON
WHEREAS, the Princeton City Council has determined that Ordinance Number 324 shall be placed as a new chapter, Chapter 155 Building Department, within the Code of Ordinances of the City of Princeton.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Princeton, Iowa as follows:
SECTION 1: Adding Chapter 155 Building Department,
155.01 2009 International Building Code Adopted ─ Copies on File.
Pursuant to published notice and adoption of ordinance, as required by law, the 2009 edition of the International Building Code is adopted in full with the exception of the residential sprinkler Code IBC 903.2.8 Group R: An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with IBC Section 903.3 shall be provided throughout all buildings with a Group R fire area and with any other exceptions, additions, or deletions adopted elsewhere in this code. The International Building Code, as published by the International Conference of Building Officials, is hereby adopted by reference. An official copy of the International Building Code, as adopted, and a certified copy of the ordinance codified in this section, is on file in the office of the City Clerk. In the event a portion of this chapter specifically conflicts with the provisions of the International Building Code, the provisions of this chapter shall govern.
155.02 Building Permit ─ Required.
All construction needs a permit, unless an exception under this Section applies. A permit shall be issued if the work, as proposed in the application for a permit, meets all of the requirements of this chapter. If plans and specifications of the proposed work are requested or required, they must also meet the requirements of this chapter.
The following need a permit:
Building or installing:
Adding or changing:
Replacing or Repairing:
The following are exceptions to this requirement:
In order to be considered exempt from the Princeton Building Ordinance and subsequent codes a farmer is requested to apply for and be granted an ag-exemption certificate.
Farmers are not exempt from floodplain development or subdivision regulations.
a) FARM: A tract of land primarily adapted and used for agricultural purposes.
b) FARMER: A person or persons actively engaged in farming or someone who is retired from farming when it relates to the land the farmer formerly farmed.
155.03 Obtaining a Building Permit
When the plans are submitted for new construction, there will be a One Hundred ($100.00) charge to review the building and plot plans. This fee will be deducted from the building permit fee, which must be paid before a building permit is issued. In most cases, the review of the building and site plans can be completed in three to five (3-5) days. Commercial types of construction may take seven to ten (7-10) days and Commercial permits require an additional $300.00 fee necessary for review of site plans, municipalities, and fire regulations.
When applying for a building permit, please submit the following, if applicable:
a. Plot Diagram. Each applicant for a building or occupancy permit for a new residential building or accessory structure, or an addition to an existing residential building, must file two copies of a plot plan drawn to scale showing the location of any existing and proposed drainage structure, including any swale and the general flow of water indicated by arrow to and from each structure
b. A building permit for a residential building or accessory structure that involves clearing, grading, excavation or construction which is likely to change the flow of water across one or more adjacent properties must require the applicant to minimize any resulting water runoff that is likely to adversely affect any adjacent property.
155.03.1 Building Permit ─ Fees. Fee Schedule
All building permits expire after one (1) year. If work has not been substantially completed in one (1) year from date of issuance, a six (6) month extension permit and fees will be required based upon the amount of work remaining. If, after the extension, work remains a new building permit will be required. There shall be no refund for unused permits.
Building permit − Fees.
The following building permit fees will be charged for the issuance of the permit:
A. Fence permits (All) $50.00
B. Advertising $25.00
C. Roofing or siding permits $50.00
D. All other permit fees (including Commercial Permits) shall be determined by using the value determined in 155.04 and referring to the permit fee schedule which is attached hereto and incorporated herein.
Total Valuation Fee
$1.00 to $500.00 $17.00
$501.00 to $2,000.00 $17.00 for the first $500.00 plus $3.50 for each additional $100.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $2,000.00
$2,001.00 to $25,000.00 $69.50 for the first $2,000.00 plus $9.50 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $25,000.00
$25,001.00 to $50,000.00 $288.00 for the first $25,000.00 plus $7.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000.00
$50,001.00 to $100,000.00 $463.00 for the first $50,000.00 plus $5.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000.00
$100,001.00 to $500,000.00 $713.00 for the first $100,000.00 plus $4.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof to and including $500,000.00
$500.001.00 to $1,000,000.00 $2,313.00 for the first $500,000.00 plus $3.50 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof to and including $1,000,000.00
$1,000,001.00 and up 4,063.00 for the first $1,000,000.00 plus $2.50 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof
* Or the total hourly cost to the jurisdiction, whichever is greatest. This cost shall include supervision, overhead, equipment, hourly wages, and fringe benefits of the employees involved.
155.03.2 Building Permit ─ Fee Exemptions
Building permits are required as specified in Section 155.02. Princeton Organizations exempt of Building Permit fees are as follows: All City of Princeton Buildings, Virgil Grissom Elementary School, established Princeton Churches and any new non-profit organizations. Such Organizations shall comply with Chapter 15.04. A no-charge building permit will be issued once all requirements are met.
155.03.3 Building Permit Fees - Collection.
Building Permits are to be paid at the time the permit is issued. If the amount is not paid by the time construction begins, the City Building Inspector may put a stop work order on the job until such permit is paid in full. If construction has already been completed and the Building Permit Fee remains unpaid, the City Clerk shall give the owner and/or contractor a thirty (30) day notice and if the amount remains unpaid by the thirty-first (31st) day, the City Clerk shall certify the cost to the County Auditor and it shall then be collected with, and in the same manner as, general property taxes without further notice. Building Permit Fees are the owner’s responsibility if a contractor does not pay for such permit.
155.04 Building Valuation Data. (Residential/Commercial)
For the purposes of determining the valuations of buildings and improvements thereto for building permit fees, the following values per square foot shall be multiplied by the total square feet of the building or improvement thereto for residential and commercial buildings.
155.04.1 Minimum Requirements ─ Concrete.
A. Minimum requirements − Foundation walls. (For Group R- Division 3) Minimum height shall be seven feet eight inches (7’ 8”) unless special engineering design is provided notwithstanding other design requirements found elsewhere in the Uniform Building Code. Measurements for walls shall be between the foundation plate and the concrete floor.
B. Minimum floor (basement) requirements.
1. Three and one half inches (3.5”) thickness.
2. Minimum concrete strength shall be three thousand five hundred pounds per square inch (3,500 psi). Test may be taken by the building commissioner or testing agency for compliance at the owner’s expense.
C. Other basement depths requirements in other basements where lateral loads exist may require special engineering and/or design.
D. Foundation wall minimum reinforcement in Group R- Division 3. For seven foot eight inch (7’ 8”) walls a minimum of three #4 re-rods ASTM standard as approved by the Building Code shall be installed and spaced evenly. Top row shall be tied to the vertical re-rod at the top row, minimum of three inches (3”) of concrete around reinforcement rods.
E. Vertical reinforcement in Group R- Division 3 − Minimum requirements.
1. Minimum of #4 re-rod installed every six feet (6’) of footing run bent so anchoring is twelve inches (12”) into footing and seven feet (7’) above footing for seven foot eight inch (7’ 8”) walls.
2. All concrete walls shall be cast in place.
3. Minimum strength in pounds per square inch in twenty-eight (28) days shall be three thousand five hundred (3,500) and may be of a three and one half inch (3.5”) slump.
F. Foundations for stud bearing walls − minimum requirements:
1. Minimum of two (2) #4 re-rods shall be installed in all footings and spaced evenly with no less than three inches (3”) of cement on all sides of rebar.
2. All footing shall be cast in place concrete minimum three thousand pounds per square inch (3,000 psi) at twenty-eight (28) days.
G. All Group R- Division 3 with a basement shall install drain tile on the outside of foundation wall and flow to a sump pit. Owner shall install a sump pump sufficient to discharge the extraneous water, this shall discharge to the storm sewer or where approved by the local authority.
H. Bearing walls. Bearing walls shall be supported on masonry or concrete foundations or piles or other approved foundation system that shall be of sufficient size to support all loads. Where a design is not provided, the minimum foundation requirements for stud bearing walls shall be as set forth in 155.04.1(F), unless expansive soils of a severity to cause differential movement are known to exist. Exception: A one-story wood- or metal-frame building not used for human occupancy and not over seven hundred eighty (780) square feet in floor area may be constructed with walls supported on a wood foundation plate when approved by the building official.
I. Minimum requirement for concrete and reinforcement, for slab on grade.
1. Of slab on grade for private detached garages, concrete shall have a minimum of three thousand five hundred pounds per square inch (3,500 psi) concrete to be cast in place.
2. Minimum size footings. There shall be a twelve inch by twelve inch (12”x12”) footing around the entire perimeter of the floating slab. It shall also have three #4 re-rod installed evenly in the twelve inch by twelve inch (12”x12”) footing and be three thousand five hundred pounds per square inch (3,500 psi) concrete and cast in place.
3. Slab on grade reinforcement requirements. Wire #6 paving mesh or approved equal by the City Building Inspector shall be placed in center of slab and tied to #4 re-rods in footing ASTM standard for re-rod and wire shall be as approved by the Uniform Building Code, notwithstanding other requirements as set out in the U.B.C. and the municipal code.
155.04.2 Building Construction Rules and Regulation for Accessory Type Buildings in R-Zoned Districts.
Accessory buildings may only be built in the side or rear yard established by the location of the house to the front lot line, provided proper setbacks are established as per the Unified Zoning Ordinance. On lots where the principal building is set back greater than one hundred feet (100’) from the front lot line an accessory building may be constructed in the front yard provided a minimum of a one hundred foot (100’) front yard setback is maintained.
A. Accessory buildings shall be of the same materials as the main structure, except as provided below.
B. When any heavy timber type construction is used in an R-District, it shall have all dimension lumber a minimum of three inches (3”) thickness.
1. Brick homes are not required to have brick construction on detached garages and other permitted accessory buildings.
2. Portable buildings ten feet by twelve feet (10’x12’) or less may be of metal, wood, P.V.C., built on skids or concrete slab, but must comply with the building codes as adopted by the City.
3. Portable buildings of any size shall be anchored to the ground as approved by the City Building Inspector.
a. Minimum anchoring shall be two four-inch (4”) screw anchors at opposite corners.
D. Portable buildings shall comply with all building setbacks and other rules and restrictions as is set out elsewhere in this code.
Building Permits are required if:
To obtain a Building Permit:
a) Click on Downloads & Handouts
b) Click on link associated with Garages
155.04.3 Deck Construction
All decks require a building permit.
a) Click on Downloads & Handouts
b) Click on link associated with Decks
155.04.4 Fence Requirements and Construction.
A. Unless an exemption applies, all fences require a building permit to be issued by the Building Inspector prior to construction.
B. Any non-farm fence or wall requires a building permit. A fence is prohibited in the road right-of-way. A fence is permitted within the limits of the side and rear yards to a maximum of six feet (6’) in height. In the front yard, a fence may not exceed three and one half feet (3 ½’), unless it obstructs visibility clearances of any adjacent driveway or street. The best side of the fence must face the neighboring land user.
C. There shall be four (4) types of fences − residential, commercial, privacy, and decorative fences.
1. Maximum height shall be:
a. Residential - Six feet (6’)
b. Commercial - Eight feet (8’)
c. Privacy Screen - Seven feet (7’)
d. Decorative - Twenty-four inches (24”) except post, thirty-six inches (36”)
2. Percent of fill maximum:
a. Residential 85%
b. Commercial 95%
c. Privacy 95%
d. Decorative 90-10%
3. Type of material for fence permitted:
a. Residential – Wood, Chain link, or PVC
b. Commercial – Wood, Chain link, or PVC
c. Privacy – Wood, Filled chain link, or PVC
d. Decorative – Wood, Chain link, or PVC
D. Location of fences: Residential districts are the only districts where a fence is permitted in the front yard. “In front of the building setback” is a decorative type fence. Temporary fences may be approved by the Building Inspector, but only if a time limit of four (4) months is approved, except reference easement and public property.
E. Residential fences may be installed on the property line on the side yards except over any valid easement which would impair the rights of the easement holder or which is in conflict with any public property.
F. Residential fences rear yard, may be installed on the property line except over any valid easement which would impair the rights of the easement holder easement or which is in conflict with any public property.
G. Privacy panels may be installed around the deck, patio, swimming pool, around sunning area, but not for or on the property line or in a front yard.
I. Commercial fences shall be handled on a case by case review by the Building Inspector. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES shall there be a fence in the building setback line as required under its zoning district.
J. Location on easement and public property: No fence shall be installed on public property unless it is a city-owned fence.
1. A fence is not permitted on city easement. If a fence is built on a city easement, it may be removed by the City after giving a ten (10) day notice delivered by regular mail.
2. The City shall not be responsible for any damage done to this fence, property, and the total cost of removal, shall be assessed to the last known property owner.
K. No fence may be located within thirty feet (30’) of an intersection.
L. No barbed wire shall be used in the City of Princeton, Iowa, except a regular farm fence and a City fence around the city sewer plant.
155.04.5 Temporary Containers.
The City shall allow a container to be placed on the subject property for sixty (60) days. The placement of the container shall not be placed on the city street and shall not be placed in such a manner which will impede the ingress or egress onto the owner's property.
155.04.6 Temporary Containers –Sixty (60) Days Limit.
Temporary containers are allowed for sixty (60) days. In the event that a property owner does not remove the container within sixty (60) days and does not request additional time, the property owner is in violation of the Princeton Municipal Code - Chapter 4 – Municipal Infractions.
155.05 Administration and Enforcement.
It shall be the duty of the City Building Inspector to administer and enforce the provisions of this chapter and to make any required inspections or tests.
155.06 Right of Entry for Inspection.
The City Building Inspector or his/her authorized representative may enter any premises upon proof of authority for the purpose of inspecting for compliance with this chapter and the code adopted hereunder, at such times as may be reasonably necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.
A. An appeal may be taken to the Zoning Board of Adjustment by any person, firm, or corporation, or by any officer, department, board, or bureau affected by a decision of the City Building Inspector. Such appeal shall be taken within ten (10) days of the date of the decision appealed from by filing an appeal form with the City Clerk, specifying the grounds thereof. This appeal form, entitled “Appeal of Decision by the City Building Inspector to the Zoning Board of Adjustment”, is available from the City Clerk. The clerk shall forthwith obtain and transmit to the Zoning Board of Adjustment all of the papers constituting the record upon which the action appealed from was taken.
B. The appellant, when filing the appeal form, shall pay a One Hundred Dollar ($100.00) deposit for the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, and:
1. If the appeal is denied, the appellant is responsible to pay for all meeting costs, at the current rate, which include the salaries and fees of City employees, and consultants who are present plus the cost of advertising the appeal. The One Hundred Dollar ($100.00) deposit will be applied to these costs and the balance must be paid to the City of Princeton within thirty (30) days of the denial of the appeal.
2. If the appeal is upheld, the One Hundred Dollar ($100.00) deposit will be returned to the appellant and no further payments will be required.
C. The Zoning Board of Adjustment shall render a decision on the appeal without unreasonable delay. Any person may appear and testify at the hearing, either in person or by duly authorized agent or attorney.
155.08 Smoke Detectors.
Refer to “Requirements for Group R-Occupancies” in the Uniform Building Code as adopted by the City of Princeton.
155.08.1 Standard for the Storage of Flammable and Combustible Liquids on Farms and Isolated Construction Projects,
as adopted by the Iowa State Fire Marshall's Office, 1988 edition NFPA395.
155.08.2 Location of Above-ground Tanks for Private Use or Retail Use.
All above-ground tanks containing petroleum of Class I, II, shall be subject to the following set-back requirements:
A. No tank shall be located nearer than one hundred feet (100’) of the nearest important building located upon the same lot or parcel of property.
B. No tank shall be located nearer than fifty feet (50’) from any fuel dispenser.
C. No tank shall be located nearer than one hundred feet (100’) from any property line upon which construction exists or upon which construction is permitted under the ordinances of the City of Princeton, Iowa.
D. No tank shall be located nearer than one thousand feet (1,000’) from any place of assembly, generally defined to have an occupancy possibility of two hundred fifty (250) persons or more.
E. No tank shall be located nearer than one hundred feet (100’) to the boundary of any residential district which is adjacent to the side upon which the tank is located, at any point.
F. No tank shall be located nearer than six hundred feet (600’) from any school, school buildings, or play grounds.
G. When used to dispense into fuel tank of vehicle, an emergency shut off shall be installed on all Class I or II liquid.
H. No above ground tank shall be installed on any R-Zoned Districts.
155.08.3 Above-ground Tanks -Approved Plans.
Upon application for location of a tank whose location is governed by provisions of this chapter, there shall be submitted a plot and layout plan and engineered approved drawings. Said documents shall clearly specify the name, address, and telephone number of the individual, firm, or corporation submitting the same and shall clearly designate the location of the proposed tank as well as a showing of all adjacent property lines within three hundred feet (300’) of the property site upon which the tank is to be located. The zoning classification within areas of said three hundred feet (300’) shall be provided upon said documents.
155.08.4 Enclosure of Above-ground Tanks for Retailing or Private Use of Class I, II, Petroleum Products.
All above-ground tanks referenced herein or regulated by the provisions of this chapter shall have a concrete enclosure, or steel, designed by an Iowa registered engineer or an architect. Physical protection shall be provided equal to a forty-eight inch (48”) high concrete wall, around the tank or tanks as approved by the City Building Inspector and City Engineer
155.08.5 Fence Required.
All above-ground tanks as herein regulated shall be surrounded by a chain link fence (minimum ten  gauge) six feet (6’) in height. The fence will be located no closer than ten feet (10’) from the tank or tanks and no closer than ten feet (10’) from the dispenser therefrom. It is the intention of the provisions of this paragraph that the above-ground tanks be adequately protected by fencing located an appropriate distance from said tanks and dispenser.
155.08.6 Inspection and Testing of Construction.
The applicable City of Princeton inspector shall provide to the owner or contractor as estimate of the anticipated costs for required testing and inspection by outside agencies qualified to test and inspect the site location and related matters. A cash security bond or an irrevocable letter of credit shall be submitted to and received by the City Clerk of the City of Princeton prior to the issuance of any permit for construction, in the amount of the estimated cost provided herein, the owner or contractor shall be responsible for payment of the same.
155.08.7 Maximum Capacity Fuel.
The maximum capacity of a Class I fuel tank shall not exceed five hundred (500) gallons, and the maximum capacity of a Class II fuel tank shall not exceed twenty thousand (20,000) gallons.
155.08.8 Flood Plain Requirements.
All structures shall comply with flood plain ordinances enacted by the City of Princeton, Iowa.
SECTION 2. REPEALER CLAUSE. Any ordinance, provision or part thereof, which differs or is inconsistent with this ordinance is hereby repealed, to the extent of said difference or inconsistency.
SECTION 3. SEVERABILITY. If any section, provision or part of this Ordinance shall be adjudged invalid or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such adjudication shall not affect the validity of the ordinance as a whole, or any section, provision or part thereof not adjudged invalid or unconstitutional
SECTION 4. EFFECTIVE DATE. This ordinance shall be in effect following final passage, approval, and publication of this ordinance as required by law.
Approved by the City Council of Princeton, Iowa this ______ day of ___________, 2015.
Signed by the Mayor of Princeton, Iowa this ________ day of _____________, 2015.
Keith Youngers, Mayor
AJ Grunder, City Clerk/Treasurer