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State Uniform Construction Code - General Information

General Information Concerning Act 12 of the First Extraordinary Session 2005

On November 29, 2005, Governor Kathleen Blanco signed Act 12 of the 2005 1st Extraordinary Session, requiring statewide enforcement of the State Uniform Construction Code. The Act contains the emergency wind and flood provisions within the parishes of: Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Terrebonne, and Vermillion. Those provisions require the enforcement of the wind and flood requirements of the 2003 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2003 Residential Code (IRC).

The affected parishes and municipalities are given a choice of one of three methods to provide enforcement of the emergency code provisions of Act 12:

  1. Continue or establish a method of plan review and inspections (Local governments may contract with any other local government), or
  2. Contract with third-party providers, registered with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety to provide review and inspection services, or
  3. Contract with the State Fire Marshal to provide review and inspection services.

Act 12 requires local governments currently enforcing building codes to enforce the emergency wind and flood provisions by December 29, 2005.

If a local government is not currently enforcing building codes, the jurisdiction is required to enforce the emergency wind and flood provisions by February 27, 2006.

If you have questions about Act 12 and the State Uniform Construction Code, you may contact one of the following at our office via phone, (800) 256-5452, or email Joe Delaune, Architect, CBO.

If you are interested in being listed as third party provider, please read Act 12:1730.24.

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Referenced Standards

The following is a list of referenced standards that are included within the scope of the Act 12 statute, and additionally included are standards that could be helpful for construction purposes:

Standards Referenced by Code (IRC)

  1. American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA)
    Wood Frame Construction Manual for One-and Two-Family Dwellings (WFCM)
    1111 Nineteenth Street, NW, Suite 800
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202) 463-2700
  2. Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) now the International Code Council (ICC)
    Standard for Hurricane Resistant Residential Construction (SSTD-10)
    900 Montclair Road
    Birmingham, Alabama 35213-1206
    (205) 599-9871
  3. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and other Structures (ASCE-7)
    101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Suite 375 East
    Washington, DC 20001
    (202) 789-7850
  4. American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)
    Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing – Prescriptive Method for One-and-Two-Family Dwellings (COFS/PM)
    1140 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 705
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202) 452-7100
  5. International Code Council (ICC)
    Concrete Construction shall be designed in accordance with the provisions of the International Residential Code (IRC) 2003 Edition
    900 Montclair Road
    Birmingham, Alabama 35213-1206
    (205) 599-9871

Standards Referenced by Statute

  1. American Concrete Institute (ASI)
    Guide to Concrete Masonry Residential Construction in High Wind Areas
    38800 Country Club Drive
    Farmington, Illinois 48331
    (248) 848-3700
  2. Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)
    Optional Code-Plus Fortified for Home Safety
    4775 East Fowler Avenue
    Tampa, Florida 33617
    (813) 286-3400
  3. Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)
    Optional Code-Plus Blueprint for Safety
    1427 East Piedmont Drive, Suite 2
    Tallahassee, Florida 32308
    (877) 221-7233

Other Helpful Reference Material not referenced by Statute

  1. Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)
    Guidelines for Hurricane Resistant Residential Construction, 2005 Edition
    4775 East Fowler Avenue
    Tampa, Florida 33617
    (813) 286-3400
  2. International Code Council (ICC) in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency
    Reducing Flood Losses through the International Codes, 2nd Edition, 2005
    Meeting the Requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program
    900 Montclair Road
    Birmingham, Alabama 35213-1206
    (205) 599-9871
  3. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    Home Builder's Guide to Coastal Construction – Technical Fact Sheet Series
    FEMA 499/August 2005
    FEMA Region VI Office
    FRC 800 North 288
    Denton, Texas 76209-3698
    (940) 898-5399
  4. American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA)
    1827 Walden Office Square, Suite 550
    Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
    (847) 303-5664
    Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA)
    1400 East Touny Avenue, Suite 470
    Des Plaines, Illinois 60018
    (847) 299-5200
    Voluntary Specifications for Aluminum, Vinyl (PVC) AND Wood Windows and Glass Doors, and Voluntary Specifications for Windows, Skylights and Glass Doors

Related Files

Act 12 Emergency Provisions Letter
Sent to local governments describing enforcement options

Act 12 Emergency Provisions Response Form
Response form to above letter

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