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Minimum Inspection for Ripley County
"A 24 HOUR NOTICE IS REQUIRED ON ALL INSPECTIONS"
The following code, CABO, references apply to the proposed construction for which this permit is issued.  Review this sheet and ask any questions you might have prior to construction.  These items will be checked when site is inspected.
FOOTING: All footers, walls, and under floor plumbing inspections must be made before any concrete is poured.
403.1 Minimum depth of footing to be 24 inches below final grade and 12 inches below existing grade.
Footing size to be based on allowable soil pressure of 2000 pounds per square foot.
403.1 Anchor Bolts are to be 1/2 inch diameter, within 12 inches of corners and placed a MAXIMUM 6 feet o.c.  Bolts shall extend a minimum 7 inches into the core, cell, or joint of the masonry unit and 7 inches into poured concrete.  Approved Straps may be substituted IF they meet required depth placement and are 42 inches o.c maximum; refer to manufacturers instructions.
403.1 Footers must be twice as wide as wall minimum with 1/2 inch or 5/8 inch rebar in footing with 2 runs, placed in the bottom half of the footing, at least 6 inches apart and not less than 3 inches from the bottom and the sides of the footing supported on chairs.
403.1 Two story homes require a minimum of 8 inches of concrete in footer.
403.1 Footers for dwellings and attached garages:
1 Footers must be a minimum of 24 inches deep.
2 There must be a minimum of 6 inches of concrete in the footer, 2 story home-8 inches deep.
3 Whatever size block is used, the width must be twice the width, 10 inch block for basement
when using brick.  (Example:  If the block used is 8 inches wide, the footer must be 16 inches
wide).
4 Rebars are required in dwellings.  Either 1/2 inch or 5/8 inch is permitted.
5 Rebars are required in all dwelling and garage footers. Wire is permitted in garage floors
6 Rebar in poured basement and garage walls.  Horizontal-need 2 rebars each run with 3 or 4
runs of rebar 2 feet apart and rebar size 1/2 inch or 5/8 inch.
7 Garage footers must be 24 inches deep, size of framing for footer is 6 inches deep X 16  inches
wide, with 2 runs of rebar size 1/2 inch or 5/8 inch.
403.1 Post holes for pole buildings:
1 Holes must be at least 42 inches deep - 6 inch concrete in the bottom.
2 ***Recommend that 2 bags of concrete be used for each pole hole.**
403.1 Mobile home footers (single or double wide):
1 Footer needs to be min. 24 inches deep.
2 Tie downs and footers need to meet manufactures specs.
3 Installation by IMHA certified installer
4 Rebar is required, or fiber in concrete.  Rebar size 1/2 inch or 5/8 inch.
5 Manual, or architectural engineer required
FOUNDATION:
CRAWLSPACE BASEMENT
EMERGENCY ESCAPE AND RESCUE OPENINGS REQUIRED:  Basements with habitable
space and every sleeping room shall have at least one openable emergency escape and rescue opening.  Emergency escape and rescue openings must be a MINIMUM NET
CLEAR OPENING of 5.7 square feet. (sill height MAXIMUM of 44" off finished
floor).  Minimum net clear height 22" and minimum net clear width 20".  These shall be operational from the inside of room without the use of tools or keys.  WINDOW WELLS: Minimum horizontal area to be 9 sq. ft. with a min. horizontal projection of 36 inches. 
404.1 MINIMUM thickness of foundation requirements and MAXIMUM level of backfill allowed as
follows:  All poured walls to be a minimum of 8 inch thickness under brick veneer and is 20 feet or less to gable top.(Single Story) 
405.1 Perimeter foundation drain required, perforated drain pipe inside and outside basement footers covered with stone (outside). Gravel must extend at least beyond outside edge of footer and 6 inches above top of footer with approved filter materials. 
406.1 Damp-proofing of exterior basement required from footing to finished grade.
Damp-proofing to consist of bituminous application and waterproof membrane Or other
approved means
Pressure treated lumber plates required and polystyrene board under plate.
408.1 Crawlspace ventilation required.  Vents to be placed within 3 feet of foundation corners, and not
in floor joist.  Minimum of 1 sq. ft. of ventilation per 150 sq. ft. of under-floor area.  Access shall be provided to all under-floor areas with a minimum opening of 18"x24"in floors or 16"x24" in walls.
Sump pump pit or one or more basement drains in floor is required.
VAPOR BARRIER REQUIRED.  6 mil. plastic under 2 inches of gravel.
408.3 Under floor space shall be cleaned of all vegetation, debris, etc.
408.5 Crawlspaces are to be graded so as to direct any water to a central point where a drain or sump
pit 18" dia. X 24" deep is to be provided.
703.7 Masonry veneer is to be applied and supported as detailed.
FRAMING & DESIGN:
310.2 Sleeping rooms are required to have at least one emergency egress opening (window on grade
floor 5 sq. ft. and all others to be 5.7 sq. ft., sill height to be 44" or less from finished floor.) Recommend 36"x36" minimum.
602.8 Firestopping shall be provided to cut off all concealed vertical and horizontal draft openings this includes around all wires and plumbing pipes, vents and ducts between stories and top story to
roof space.
502.3 Girder beam sizing and support spacing requirements.
802.4 Ceiling joist, floor joist, rafter & purlin size and allowable span requirements.
802.11 Truss design and bracing requirements.  TRUSS SPECIFICATION REQUIRED.
807.1 Any attic space of 30" or more of headroom must have an access opening no smaller than 22" X
30".
STAIRWAYS and LANDINGS:
311.4 A minimum 36" X 36" landing is required on each side of an egress door.
311.5 All stairways must have handrails having MINIMUM and MAXIMUM heights of 34" and 38"
measured from the tread nosing.  Open side of decks and balconies and wing walls must have guardrails at least 36" in height if more than 30" above final grade.  UNDER STAIR PROTECTION:  ENCLOSED ACCESSIBLE SPACE SHALL HAVE WALLS AND SOFFITS PROTECTED ON ENCLOSED SIDE WITH 1/2" DRYWALL.  
GARAGES:
309.1 Doors entering the residence from the garage are to be a MINIMUM 1 3/8" solid core wood or
metal door, or 20 minute fire rated without windows or openings.
309.2 Garages attached or within 6' of residence must be completely separated from living and attic
space by a MINIMUM of 1/2" gypsum board on garage side. GARAGES LOCATED BELOW HABITABLE ROOMS REQUIRE MINIMUM OF 5/8" TYPE-X DRYWALL OR EQUIVALENT.
309.3 Garage floors shall be sloped toward the main vehicle entry doorway or to central drain.
602 Garage door header requirements.
SMOKE DETECTORS:
313.1 (a) Detectors shall be installed in each room designed for sleeping, (b) in the living area remote from the kitchen and cooking appliances, c) on the celing of the upper level near the top or above each stairway, other than a basement stairway, in any multistory dwelling, (d) on the basement celiving near the stairway.  Alarms within 20 foot of cooking appliance needs to be photoelectric or temp. silencing
INSULATION:
As per Indiana Energy Conservation Code September 11,2005 (SOUTH ZONE)
R-30 Ceiling R-13+1 Walls R-7 Basement Walls 7 ft.
R-7 Perimeter Foundation Insulation 3 ft. R-7 Crawlspace 2.7 ft
Other: steel frame walls require R wall or floor above
ELECTRICAL: International Residential Electrical Code 2005
Service disconnecting means to be located at a readily accessible location either outside
of buildings or structure, or inside nearest the point of entrance of the service conductors.
240-24 Overcurrent device (Service Panel) shall not be located in clothes closets or bathrooms.
210-8 Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection must be provided in all bathrooms, garages, basements, exterior outlets, all counter top outlets in kitchens and outlets within 6 feet of wet
bars.  (See Section 210-8 for exceptions).
IBC38 Dwelling unit outlets shall be placed so that no point on continuous wall space (2 feet or wider) is more than 6 feet from an outlet.  Counter top outlets in kitchens and dining areas are required to
be located so that no place along the wall is more than 24 inches from an outlet.  Island and peninsular counter tops with short dimension 12 inches or greater and dimension 24 inches or greater need an outlet.  Bathrooms require GFCI protected outlet adjacent to each basin installed
and within 6 feet of water. 
410-8 Closet luminaries types permitted, fluorescent, incandescent completely enclosed lamp.
422-18 Ceiling fan outlet boxes must be listed and identified for fan support.
300-4 Minimum of 1/16 inch steel plate over wiring that is not 1 1/4 inches back from the face of the
stud wall.
210-24 Branch circuits wiring 14-2 or 12-2 copper, based on load.
3703-4 Underground electric must be in schedule 80 conduit to a depth of 18 inches deep and up to 8
feet above ground.  Underground electric under driveways must be in schedule 80 conduit
minimum.
PLUMBING-HEATING VENTILATION and AIR CONDITIONING:
2803.6.1 Water heater discharge pipe/pressure relief valve to be of approved material and have
MINIMUM 1 inch air gap to 6 inch MAXIMUM above floor.
2801 Water heaters installed in garages having an ignition source shall be elevated such that the source of ignition is not less than 18 inches above the garage floor.
1402.1 Gas furnaces placement restrictions:  hazardous locations, under stairways, bedrooms,
bathrooms, clothes closets, closets type spaces opening into bedrooms and bathrooms.
1307.3 Heat producing appliances shall be installed with burners, burner ignition devices or heating
elements and switches at least 18 inches above the garage floor level.
2427 Condensation drip leg required in gas piping.
2420 Accessible shutoff valves shall be within 6 feet of appliance and in same room or space for fuel
and gas piping.
1701 Requirements of Combustion Air amount and source.
2407 Venting of fuel burning appliances.
3411.1 Minimum of 5 inch steel plate over plumbing that is not 1 1/4 inch back from the face of the stud
wall.
3411.1 Water lines to be tested 50 lb. P.S.I. for 15 minutes.  Vent pipes, 5 pounds for 15 minutes or 10
foot stand pipe.  All vents must be 3" thru roof to exterior.
3403.1.2 Minimum water supply pressure rating.  Minimum working pressure for piping shall be 160 PSI
at 73 degrees Fahrenheit.
3403.2.2 Pressure-reducing valve.  Maximum average static pressure shall be 80 PSI.  When main
pressure exceeds 80 PSI, valve shall be installed on the domestic water branch main.
BATHROOMS:
303 Light and ventilation requirements.   Vent to outside.
308.4 Glazed areas within 60 inches of tub/shower drain level to be tempered glass or walls enclosing these compartments where bottom edge is less than 60" vertically above walking or standing
surface. 
702.4 Moisture resistant drywall to be used in areas subject to water splash.
2724 Shower valves to be of the pressure balancing type.
2720 Whirlpool tubs shall have access to motor-pump assembly.
FIREPLACES:
602.8 Firestopping requirements for chimney chases.
1805 Masonry chimney construction requirements.
1003.7; 1001.1 Chimney clearances and hearth extension requirements.
1004.1 Factory built fireplace installation requirements.
1001 Chimneys shall extend at least 2 feet higher than any portion of the building within 10 feet, but
shall not be less than 3 feet above the point where the chimney passes through the roof.
RIPLEY COUNTY BUILDING INSPECTORS
  812-689-6068