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Sedgwick County, Kansas Building Codes

Updated : 04/22/2024

Overview

Sedgwick County, KS has adopted the 2018 International Codes, with amendments, including the 2018 IRC and IBC. Sedgwick County, KS County Codes § 2.4.010 (IRC adoption), § 2.4.020 through § 2.4.910 (IRC amendments), § 2.2.010 (IBC adoption) and § 2.2.020 through § 2.2.920 (IBC amendments).

Helpful resources for Sedgwick County, Kansas include the following.

Residential Building Code

Kansas has yet to adopt a statewide residential code. Local laws will control.See PLRB, Kansas Building Codes for more information on state level codes.

Sedgwick County adopted the 2018 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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See Muni. Code(Sedgwick County, KS Sec. 6-26. - Adoption.)

...The Wichita-Sedgwick County Unified Building and Trade Code is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by the Board of County Commissioners of Sedgwick County, Kansas, as the official code for building, mechanical, structural, plumbing, fuel and gas, and electrical codes; and all related building plan review, establishing the process for appointing...

Drip Edge

Drip Edge: yes

Ice Barrier

Are ice barriers required for Sedgwick County ? No
Citation: § 2.4.115
Municipal Code https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/media/40170/wichita-sedgwick-county-unified-building-trade-code-ubtc.pdf#page=12
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TABLE R301.2(1) – SECTION R301, DESIGN CRITERIA Climatic and Geographic Design Criteria for Sedgwick County, KS.

Ground Snow Load – 15 psf

Wind Speed (mph) – 76w/90-3 sec. gust

Seis. Design Cat. – A

Weathering – Severe 

Frost Line Depth – 24 inches

Winter Design Temp. – 97.50% – 7

Ice Barrier – None Required

Design Temps: 

Air Freezing Temp. – 400 

Mean Air Temp. – 55-60 deg.

Summer – 98, 2.5% dry bulb

Winter – 76, 2.5% wet bulb

Heating Degree Days – 4,620 

 

Government Officials
Last Name First Name Title E-mail Phone Note
Labrum Chris Director of Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department 316/660-1840

Comments

Section R309.5 Fire Sprinklers. Section R309.5 of the International Residential Code is hereby deleted. Sedgwick County, KS County Code § 2.4.180.

Commercial Building Code

Sedgwick County adopted the 2018 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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2006 IBC with Kansas amendments(Sedgwick County, KS Sec. 6-502. - Applicability of the International Building Code and International Residential Code, 2006 editions.)

...The International Building Code and International Residential Codes, 2006 editions, and the appendices thereto as may be modified from time to time, and all provisions contained therein as previously adopted or may be adopted with any and all additions, changes, omissions, and deletions, as set forth hereinafter, shall apply to existing structures...

Comments

Sedgwick County, KS has adopted the 2018 IBC with the deletion of appendices A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, K, L, M and . Sedgwick County, KS County Code § 2.2.920.

Existing Buildings

Sedgwick County, KS has adopted the 2018 IEBC. Sedgwick County, KS County Codes § 2.3.010 (adoption) and § 2.3.020 through § 2.3.710 (amendments).

Other Building Codes

Sedgwick County, KS also adopted the following codes:

2012 International Fire Code. Sedgwick County, KS County Code § 12-51 (adoption) and § 12-52 (amendments).

2017 National Electrical Code. Sedgwick County, KS Res. No. § 1185-2017 (adoption and amendments).

2018 International Mechanical Code. Sedgwick County, KS County Code § 5.1.010 (adoption) and § 5.1.020 (amendments).

2015 International Fuel Gas Code. Sedgwick County, KS Ord. No. § 50-438 (adoption).

2015 International Plumbing Code. Sedgwick County, KS Res. No. § 144-2016 (adoption).