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Posted on: April 3, 2015

Lombard Approves New Building Code Amendments to Facilitate Development Activity

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To ensure that the Lombard Building Code meets the latest standards in construction technology and fire safety, the Lombard Village Board approved a series of building code amendments at its April 2 Village Board meeting, effective Monday, April 13, 2015.

The new provisions are the culmination of extensive review by the Village’s Community Development and Fire Departments over the past nine months. The intent of the amendments is to ensure that the adopted Village regulations reflect trends in construction and address life/safety concerns for businesses and residents. This effort included detailed review of other adopted regulations, ongoing discussions with property owners, the development community and consultation with experts in the industry.

Key components of the code amendments include the adoption of the 2012 International Building Code, Residential Code, Fire Code, Mechanical Code, Fuel Gas Code and Property Maintenance Code. Additionally, the Village reviewed and amended several sections of local code to modify permissible construction types, such as Type 3 and 5 construction for selected projects. It also includes changes based upon observed practices and provides for some increased flexibility in design.

“The benefits of the code changes are many as it helps ensure that the Village’s regulations meet the needs of the community”, noted Community Development Director William Heniff. “These amendments help ensure that the local code follow accepted construction practices successfully implemented elsewhere in the Chicago area and keep the Village economically competitive as it pertains to the overall costs of construction.”

Questions regarding the code amendments can be directed to the Lombard Community Development Department at (630) 620-5750.

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