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Muscatine, Iowa Building Codes

Updated : 04/22/2024

Overview

Muscatine, IA has adopted the 2015 International Codes, with amendments, including the 2015 IRC and IBC. Muscatine, IA Muni. Codes § 8-10-1 (IRC adoption), § 8-10-2 (IRC amendments), § 8-1-1 (IBC adoption) and § 8-1-4 (IBC amendments).

Helpful resources for Muscatine, Iowa include the following.

Residential Building Code

Iowa adopted a model state residential code but it is not in force unless adopted locally.See PLRB, Iowa Building Codes for more information on state level codes.

Muscatine adopted the 2015 IRC, locally. Note that adoptions usually come with amendments. So, it is important to review those amendments in addition to the unamended model code.

You can find a copy of the model code here.

You can find information about amendments to the model code here.

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Drip Edge

Drip Edge: yes

Ice Barrier

Are ice barriers required for Muscatine ? Yes
Citation: § 8-10-2
Municipal Code https://muscatineiowa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16678/Title-8---Building-Regulations?bidId=#page=50
Comments:

Table R301.2(1) CLIMATIC AND GEOGRAPHICAL DESIGN CRITERIA

Ground Snow Load: 20

Wind Design: Speed (mph) – 115, Topographics effects – No, Special wind region – No, Wind-borne debris zone – No

Seismic Design Category: A

Subject to Damage From: Weathering – Severe, Frost line depth – 42", Termite – moderate to heavy

Winter Design Temp: -5

Ice Barrier Underlayment Required: Yes

Flood Hazards: n, o, p

Air Freezing Index: 2,000

Mean Annual Temp: 50.7

Government Officials
Last Name First Name Title E-mail Phone Note
Royal-Goodwin Jodi Director of Community Development jroyal-goodwin@muscatineiowa.gov 563/262-4141

Comments

Muscatine, IA has adopted the 2015 IRC including appendices F and J. Muscatine, IA Muni. Code § 8-10-1.

Deletion of Section R313, Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems. Muscatine, IA Muni. Code § 8-10-2.

Deletion of Section P2904, Dwelling Unit Fire Sprinklers. Muscatine, IA Muni. Code § 8-10-2.

Existing Buildings

Existing buildings, meaning buildings that were built in accordance to code at the time of construction, typically merit extra consideration in a current updated code.

Muscatine, IA has adopted the 2015 IRC including appendix J. Muscatine, IA Muni. Code § 8-10-1.

Commercial Building Code

Muscatine adopted the 2015 IBC, locally. Note that adoptions usually come with amendments. So, it is important to review those amendments in addition to the unamended model code.

You can find a copy of the code here.You can find information about amendments to the model code here.

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Existing Buildings

Muscatine, IA did not adopt the IEBC, therefore Chapter 34 of the IBC would apply.

Existing Building. Section 101.4.7 is amended to read as follows: “The provisions of Chapter 34 of the document entitled “International Building Code”, 2015 Edition, shall apply to matters governing the repair, alteration, change of occupancy, addition to and relocation of existing building.” Muscatine, IA Muni. Code § 8-1-4.

Other Building Codes

Muscatine, IA also adopted the following codes:

Most recent National Electrical Code (NFPA 70). Muscatine, IA Muni. Code § 8-3-1 (adoption).

Most recent National Fuel Gas Code (NFPA 54). Muscatine, IA Muni. Code § 8-4-1 (adoption).

2015 International Mechanical Code. Muscatine, IA Muni. Code § 8-7-1 (adoption).

2015 International Plumbing Code. Muscatine, IA Muni. Code § 8-9-1 (adoption).