HILO, Hawaii: 2006 International Building Code, planned, discussed, debated, adopted, reconsidered and postponed. In a case of community workshop deja vu, the county has announced another round of public meetings on the controversial topic, as per Hawaii County Council request.
From the Hawaii County office of the Mayor:
County staff from the Building Department will explain and clarify proposed changes to the Hawai`i County Building Code at two workshops next month.
Bill 270, Draft 3, would change the Building Code by adopting the 2006 International Building Code (2006 IBC), along with a number of state and county amendments.
The county is required by state law to adopt a building code using model codes and standards, such as the 2006 IBC, no later than two years after the adoption of the state building code. The state building code was adopted in 2010, and adoption of Bill 270 will bring the county into compliance with the state law.
The workshops will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center, Community Meeting Hale in Kailua-Kona from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Wednesday Sept. 7 at the Aupuni Center Conference Room in Hilo from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
To view a copy of Bill 270, Draft 3, go to http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/0/doc/756796/Page1.aspx
To view a copy of the current Hawaii County Code, Chapter 5, relating to building, go to http://co.hawaii.hi.us/countycode/chapter05.pdf
To view a free copy of the International Code go to http://www.iccsafe.org/Store/Pages/OverviewFreeCodes.aspx and http://www.iccsafe.org/Store/Pages/FreeCodes.aspx
July 22, 2011 – Building Code Q&A
In July, the Hawaii County Council voted to pass three new county code bills, one of which was a controversial new building code that has been heavily scrutinized by the public, building trades, and officials alike.
In this video, South Kona councilwoman Brenda Ford asks Public Works director Warren Lee to explain some of the commonly misunderstood areas of concern with the new code.
Bill 270 passed with a 5 votes for and 4 votes against. But a few weeks later, Council Chair Dominic Yagong moved to reconsider the bill, which was eventually postponed so the issues could be worked out… again.