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Summit County, Ohio Building Codes

Updated : 07/08/2024

Overview

Summit County, Ohio, adopted the 2019 Residential Code of Ohio (based on the 2018 International Residential Code). Summit County, OH, Muni. Code § 1301.04 (adoption). Summit County, Ohio, adopted the 2024 Ohio Building Code (based on the 2021 International Building Code). Summit County, OH, Muni. Code § 1301.04 (adoption). Summit County, Ohio, adopted the 2024 Ohio Existing Building Code (based on the 2021 International Existing Building Code). Summit County, OH, Muni. Code § 1301.06 (adoption).

Helpful resources for Summit County, Ohio include the following.

Residential Building Code

Ohio adopted a statewide mandatory residential code that will control; however, local governments are free to make laws more strict (with some limitations).See PLRB, Ohio Building Codes for more information on state level codes.

Summit 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.

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2019 Residential Code of Ohio (2018 IRC)(Summit County, OH 1301.04 INCORPORATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF THE OHIO BUILDING CODE, THE RESIDENTIAL CODE OF OHIO FOR ONE-, TWO- AND THREE-FAMILY DWELLINGS AND OTHER PROVISIONS OF OHIO LAW.)

...1301.04 INCORPORATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF THE OHIO BUILDING CODE, THE RESIDENTIAL CODE OF OHIO FOR ONE-, TWO- AND THREE-FAMILY DWELLINGS AND OTHER PROVISIONS OF OHIO LAW. (a) Incorporation. The 2007 Ohio Building Code of Ohio, ("OBC"), as amended, the 2006 Residential Code of Ohio for One-, Two- and Three-Family Dwellings ("RCO"), as amended, Chapters 3781 and 3791 of the Ohio Revised Code ("O.R.C."), as amended, and the rules of the Ohio Board of Building Standards, as amended, are incorporated by reference into this Building Code....

Drip Edge

Drip Edge: No

Ice Barrier

Are ice barriers required for Summit County ? Yes
Citation: Ohio Admin. Code 4101.8-3 - 301.2(1) (Design criteria).
Municipal Code https://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4101:8-3-01v1
Comments:

Ohio completed Table 301.2(1), Climatic and Geographic Design Criteria, and indicated that ice barriers are required. Ohio Admin. Code §§ 4101.8-3-01, Table 301.2(1).

Comments

Summit County, Ohio, adopted the 2019 Residential Code of Ohio (based on the 2018 International Residential Code). Summit County, OH, Muni. Code § 1301.04 (adoption).

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.

The state of Ohio adopted Appendix J of the adopted IRC.

Summit County, Ohio, adopted the 2024 Ohio Existing Building Code (based on the 2021 International Existing Building Code). Summit County, OH, Muni. Code § 1301.06 (adoption).

Commercial Building Code

Summit County adopted the 2021 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.

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2017 Ohio Building Code (2015 IBC)(Summit County, OH Municipal Code)

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Comments

Summit County, Ohio, adopted the 2024 Ohio Building Code (based on the 2021 International Building Code). Summit County, OH, Muni. Code § 1301.04 (adoption).

Existing Buildings

Summit County, Ohio, adopted the 2024 Ohio Existing Building Code (based on the 2021 International Existing Building Code). Summit County, OH, Muni. Code § 1301.06 (adoption).

Other Building Codes

Summit County, Ohio, adopted the 2017 Ohio Energy Code (based on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code).

Summit County, Ohio, adopted the 2017 Ohio Fire Code. Chapter 1301:7-7.

Summit County, Ohio, adopted the 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC).

Summit County, Ohio, adopted the 2024 Ohio Mechanical Code (based on the 2024 IMC), with August 2018 Updates.

Summit County, Ohio, adopted the 2024 Ohio Plumbing Code (based on the 2021 IPC), with August 2018 Updates.

Summit County, Ohio, adopted the Accessible Usable Buildings & Facilities (A117.1).

Summit County, Ohio, adopted the “current” National Electrical Code (NFPA 70).

Note that the City of Akron Building Department was combined with Summit County Department of Building Standards. See, Summit County, Ohio Building Standards.