For the purpose of this chapter, certain terms, phrases, words and their derivatives shall have the meanings set forth in this section. Where terms are not defined, they shall have their ordinarily accepted meanings within the context with which they are used. Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged, copyright 1986, shall be considered as providing ordinarily accepted meanings. Words used in the singular include the plural and the plural the singular. Words used in the masculine gender include the feminine and the feminine the masculine.
“Addition” means an extension or increase in floor area or height of a building or structure.
“Alter” or “alteration” means a change or modification of a building, structure or building service equipment.
“Approved,” as to materials, types of construction, equipment and systems, means and refers to approval by the building official as the result of investigation and tests conducted by the building official, or by reason of accepted principles or tests by recognized authorities, technical or scientific organizations.
“Approved agency” means an established and recognized agency regularly engaged in conducting tests or furnishing inspection services, when the agency has been approved by the building official.
“Building” means a structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering a use or occupancy.
“Building code” means the International Building Code and/or the International Residential Code, as applicable, promulgated by the International Code Council, as adopted by the city in Chapter 23.10 BCC.
Building, Existing. “Existing building” means a building erected prior to the adoption of this code, or one for which a legal building permit has been issued.
“Building official” means the officer or other designated authority charged with the administration and enforcement of this chapter and the technical codes, or a regularly authorized deputy thereof.
“Building permit applications” means an application for a permit required pursuant to Chapter 23.10 BCC.
“Building service equipment” means and refers to the plumbing, mechanical and electrical equipment including piping, wiring, fixtures and other accessories which provide sanitation, lighting, heating, ventilation, cooling, refrigeration, firefighting and transportation facilities essential to the occupancy of the building or structure for its designated use.
“Complete response” means an adequate response to all requests from city staff in sufficient detail to allow the application to be processed.
“Construction documents” means plans, specifications, computations and other data required to be submitted for any application required by this chapter or the technical codes.
“Dangerous buildings code” means the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings Code, as adopted by the city in Chapter 23.20 BCC.
“Department” means the development services department unless otherwise specified.
“Director” means the director of the development services department unless otherwise specified.
“Electrical code” means the National Electrical Code promulgated by the National Fire Protection Association, as adopted by the city in Chapter 23.30 BCC.
“Energy code” means the Washington State Energy Code promulgated by the Washington State Building Code Council, as adopted by the city in Chapter 23.10 BCC.
“Housing code” means the Uniform Housing Code, as adopted by the city in Chapter 23.22 BCC.
“International Fire Code” means the International Fire Code promulgated by the International Code Council, as adopted by the city in Chapter 23.11 BCC.
“Listed” and “listing” are terms referring to equipment or materials included in a list by an approved testing laboratory, inspection agency or other organization concerned with product evaluation that maintains periodic inspection of current production of listed equipment or materials. The published list shall state that the material or equipment complies with approved nationally recognized codes, standards or tests and has been tested or evaluated and found suitable for use in a specified manner.
“Mechanical code” means the International Mechanical Code promulgated by the International Code Council as adopted by the city in Chapter 23.50 BCC.
“Occupancy” means the purpose for which a building, or part thereof, is used or intended to be used.
“Owner” means any person, agent, firm or corporation having a legal or equitable interest in the property.
“Permit” means an official document or certificate issued by the building official authorizing performance or a specified activity.
“Person” means a natural person, heirs, executors, administrators or assigns, and also includes a firm, partnership or corporation, its or their successors or assigns, or the agent of any of the aforesaid.
“Plumbing code” means the Uniform Plumbing Code promulgated by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, as adopted by the city in Chapter 23.60 BCC.
“Protective parking devices” means those devices regulated by Chapter 23.18 BCC.
“Repair” means the reconstruction or renewal of any part of an existing building, structure or building service equipment for the purpose of its maintenance.
“Shall,” as used in this chapter, is mandatory.
“Structure” means that which is built or constructed, an edifice or building of any kind, or any piece of work artificially built up or composed of parts joined together in some definite manner.
“Structural observation” means the visual observation of the structural system, for general conformance to the approved plans and specifications, at significant construction stages and at completion of the structural system. Structural observation does not include or waive the responsibility for the inspections required by the technical codes.
“Technical codes” means and refers to all codes adopted pursuant to Chapters 23.10, 23.12, 23.13, 23.16, 23.30, 23.50, 23.60 and 23.85 BCC; Protective Parking Devices, Chapter 23.18 BCC; and Posting notice of construction hours, BCC 9.18.044.
“Valuation” or “value,” as applied to a building and its building service equipment, means and shall be the estimated cost to replace the building and its building service equipment in kind, based on current replacement costs.
“Ventilation code” means the Washington State Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality Code promulgated by the Washington State Building Code Council, as adopted by the city under Chapter 23.10 BCC. (Ord. 6531 § 1, 2020; Ord. 5821 §§ 21, 22, 2008; Ord. 5572 § 1, 2004; Ord. 5528 § 2, 2004.)