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2007 Florida Building Code - Existing Building includes a reprint of Chapter 1 of the 2007 Florida Building Code and comes with Tabs. The Tabs can be easily inserted into the Code and make it easy to quickly lookup information. The Tabs have key sections of the Code printed on them in an easy to read format. The publication is based on the 2006 International Existing Building Code, which is published by the International Code Council. The provisions in this publication became effective on March 1, 2009. 120pp.
Details of the information and scope of this publication are included below:
SECTION 101 GENERAL 101.1 Title. These regulations shall be known as the Florida Building Code, Existing Building, hereinafter referred to as "this code." In addition to the provisions of this chapter, the provisions of Chapter 1, Florida Building Code, Building, shall govern the administration and enforcement of this code.
101.2 Scope. The provisions of the Florida Building Code, Existing Building, shall apply to the repair, alteration, change of occupancy, addition and relocation of existing buildings.
Exception: For the purpose of public educational facilities and state licensed facilities, see Chapter 4, Special Occupancy, of the Florida Building Code, Building.
101.3 Intent. The intent of this code is to provide flexibility to permit the use of alternative approaches to achieve compliance with minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare insofar as they are affected by the repair, alteration, change of occupancy, addition and relocation of existing buildings.
101.4 Applicability. This code shall apply to the repair, alteration, change of occupancy, addition and relocation of all existing buildings, regardless of occupancy, subject to the criteria of Sections 101.4.1 and 101.4.2.
101.4.1 Buildings not previously occupied. A building or portion of a building that has not been previously occupied or used for its intended purpose in accordance with the laws in existence at the time of its completion shall comply with the provisions of the Florida Building Code, Building or Florida Building Code, Residential, as applicable, for new construction or with any current permit for such occupancy.
101.4.2 Buildings previously occupied. The legal occupancy of any building existing on the date of adoption of this code shall be permitted to continue without change, except as is specifically covered in this code, the Florida Fire Prevention Code, or as is deemed necessary by the code official for the general safety and welfare of the occupants and the public.
101.5 Compliance methods. The repair, alteration, change of occupancy, addition or relocation of all existing buildings shall comply with one of the methods listed in Sections 101.5.1 through 101.5.3 as selected by the applicant. Application of a method shall be the sole basis for assessing the compliance of work performed under a single permit unless otherwise approved by the code official. Sections 101.5.1 through 101.5.3 shall not be applied in combination with each other.
Exception: Alterations complying with the laws in existence at the time the building or the affected portion of the building was built shall be considered in compliance with the provisions of this code unless the building has sustained substantial structural damage as defined in Section 506.2, or the building is undergoing more than a limited structural alteration as defined in Section 807.5.3. New structural members added as part of the repair or alteration shall comply with the Florida Building Code, Building. Repairs and alterations of existing buildings in flood hazard areas shall comply with Sections 501.4 and 601.3, respectively.