916 Plantation Blvd. Fairhope, AL 36532 (251) 928-9927


Code Alert

The permitting jurisdiction of the unincorporated Baldwin County will as of September 1, 2007 be enforcing the 2006 International Residential Code with the additional supplement. Please forward your members the following information concerning the new code adoption.


  1. Plans submitted for Plan Reviews must show in detail compliance with Wood Frame Construction Manuel or SSTD-10 Hurricane Resistant Construction, for the appropriate wind loads where the house is to be constructed. Houses that are not within the guidelines of these two documents will requires an Alabama Engineer or Architect stamped approval for appropriate wind zone. The WFCM and wind zone guides may be reviewed online by entering American Wood Council under the search section of a web page. Wind zones for the Baldwin County permitting jurisdiction are as follows:

    140 mph for areas South of U.S. Hwy 98

    130 mph for areas North of U.S. Hwy 98 to South of I-10

    120 mph for areas North of I-10 to South of I-65

    110 mph North of I-65 to County Line

  2. 2006 IRC-R905.2.6-Asphalt shingles shall meet and be labeled Class F.

  3. Note that the majority of 2850 Windows are not meeting the minimum 5.0 or 5.7 square foot egress requirements. The contractor must verify the net clear opening will meet requirements of R310.1 through R310.1.4 of the 2006 IRC (International Residential code).

  4. Brick veneer shall be installed after an approved framing inspection.

  5. Hurricane straps installed on the outside of the exterior wall shall be visible at the framing inspection.

  6. SEC.R613.2 OF THE 2006 IRC requires that where an operable window sill is more than 72 inches above the finish grade or surface below. The lowest part of the clear operning of the window shall be a minimum of 24 inches above the finished floor of the room in which the window is located.

For a complete copy of the codes, please contact the Baldwin County Home Builder’s Association or Mike Howell, Baldwin County Building Inspector at (251) 943-5061 ext 2811.

The City of Daphne adopted the IRC 2006 with amendments to the underlayment requiring the same as Baldwin Co. We also deleted the requirement for high wind shingles but added the high wind nailing schedule of 6 nails per shingle. The only other amendment is a design professional is required for structures which reach 2500 sq. ft. under roof. All others still have to be designed to the WFCM or SSTD 10. We also have adopted the International plumbing, Mechanical, and fuel gas (all 2006) and the 2005 National electric code.

The City of Foley will start enforcing the following Building and Construction Codes effective August 20, 2007


  1. International Building Code, 2006 Edition

  2. International Residential Code, 2006 Edition

  3. International Plumbing Code, 2006 Edition

  4. International Mechanical Code, 2006 Edition

  5. International Fire Code, 2006 Edition

  6. International Property Maintenance, 2006 Edition

  7. International Existing Building Code, 2006 Edition

  8. NFPA 70, National Electric Code, 2005 Edition

  9. NFPA 501A, Manufactured Home Installations, Sites, and Communities, 2005 Edition

  10. NFPA 1194, Recreational Vehicle Parks, 2005 Edition

  11. NFPA 1231, Water Supplies, Suburban and Rural Fire Fighting, 1999 Edition

  12. Accessible and Usable Building and Facilities, ICC/ANSI A117.1, 2003 Edition


For complete details concerning the revisions, changes, and exclusives of these codes, and related requirements by the City of Foley, please see Ordinance No. 986-07 adopted by the City of Foley, or visit our web site at www.cityoffoley.org or call (251) 952-4011.