August 2006

building codes and standards Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Construction Codes and Licensing offers two fall seminars


Performing field inspections using the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC)
Oct. 3 - Nov. 21, 2006
The objective of this program is to provide the attendee with an analysis of typical field inspections using the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC). This seminar will cover residential dwellings. Upon completion of this program, the attendee will be able to effectively perform field inspections using the adopted provisions of the 2006 IRC and its proposed Minnesota amendments.


Issues and answers within the Minnesota State Building Code
Oct. 4 - Nov. 22, 2006
This seminar will cover a wide variety of subject matter that deals with the various building codes as adopted by the State Building Code. It will address new and controversial issues that are encountered on a daily basis. This seminar will include the 2006 IRC, IBC and other miscellaneous codes and will incorporate Minnesota amendments. Registration forms and additional information regarding these seminars is online at

Residential brochures have been updated
Each year, the six residential brochures are updated and distributed at the CCLD exhibit in the Education Building at the Minnesota State Fair. The brochures include: emergency escapes, decks, garages, porches, asphalt shingle roofing and smoke alarms. This year the smoke alarm brochure has been updated to include the recent carbon monoxide detector regulations. These brochures are available online at www.doli.state.
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Construction codes questions and answers

Questions regarding exits in single family residential dwellings

Question: Will a single family residential dwelling Question: Does the previous question and answer constructed under the provisions of the International address emergency escape and rescue openings required in section R310? Residential Code ever need more than one exit? Answer: No. 2000 International Residential Code (IRC), Answer: No. Section R310 is a separate section with section R311, requires: “Not less than one exit door specific emergency escape and rescue requirements for conforming to this chapter shall be provided from each basements with habitable space and sleeping rooms. dwelling unit. The required exit door shall provide for One additional note: When the 2006 IRC is adopted, the emergency escape direct access from the habitable and rescue requirement will state: portions of the dwelling to “Basements and every sleeping room shall the exterior without traveling through a garage.” have at least one openable emergency escape and rescue opening.” The word “habitable” has been deleted in the 2006 This answer does not change International Residential Code. due to number of stories, square footage of the dwelling or travel distance, as was Question: Does the code require a 4-inch required in previous code change in elevation between an attached garage and the dwelling that it serves? editions. “The required exit door shall be a side-hinged door not less than 3 feet in width and 6 feet, 8 inches in height. Other exterior hinged or sliding doors shall not be required to comply with these minimum dimensions.” Answer: No. There are no provisions in that code that require any separation in elevation. The garage floor and dwelling floor can be at the same elevation. If you wish to submit a construction codes question, please contact Peter Kulczyk at He coordinates the submissions and responses in this column.

This answer will not change significantly with the adoption of the 2006 International Residential Code, other than the additional code language that states: “Access All are welcome to contact any of the CCLD technical to habitable levels not having an exit in accordance with staff at DLI regarding code questions. this section shall be by a ramp … or stairway.”

Sign up to receive rulemaking updates online
Each state agency is required to maintain a list of people who have registered with the agency to receive notices of agency rule proceedings. To receive these notices from the Department of Labor and Industry, sign up online at or print the Word document from the Web site, complete it and mail it as directed.
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Memorandum about disaster assistance
Date: To: From: August 10, 2006 Municipal Managers and Building Officials Thomas R. Joachim, State Building Official

Congratulations to the state’s recently designated municipal Building Official: • Bryan S. Stensland City of Elmore The Building Official list is online at buildingcodes.html. If a change is needed to the list, please contact Peggi White at

Subject: Disaster Assistance The Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD) of the Department of Labor and Industry, in cooperation with the Association of Minnesota Building Officials (AMBO), has developed a Disaster Preparedness Manual for Building Departments. The manual is available on the DLI Web site at The purpose of the manual is to provide training and assistance to building departments for initial disaster assessment and post disaster recovery. Additionally the CCLD has staff and resources available to assist building departments in initial damage assessment. The assistance follows the Minnesota Incident Management System routinely used by most state and municipal agencies to respond to a disaster. It is important the building departments be included in municipal disaster plans to provide timely assistance to the public and identify which structures in the municipality are safe to occupy or need repairs. The CCLD and AMBO are updating their disaster assistance volunteer database. The purpose of the database is to develop a list of code officials and support staff that can assist municipalities after a disaster. Typically, the large number of damaged buildings after a flood or tornado cannot be evaluated in a timely manner without teams of qualified volunteers. Typically, volunteers are asked to sign up for one or more regions of the state they would be available to assist in, volunteers usually only assist for one or two days. The League of Minnesota Cities has information concerning volunteer liability on their Web site at Volunteers typically work in teams of two and complete a report on each structure, place a placard on each structure classifying the extent of damage and suitability for occupancy, provide information to the property owner on repairs and provide informational handouts the municipality may want distributed outlining other assistance available. Allowing municipal staff to assist neighboring communities in a time of disaster not only benefits the affected municipality but also provides valuable training for the volunteers. The volunteers are then better able to develop a disaster response plan for their municipality including the coordination of volunteers that may be assisting. The Disaster Preparedness Volunteer form is online at buildingcodes.html. Return it to: Attn: William Mesaros, Construction Codes and Licensing Division, Department of Labor and Industry, 443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4341. If you have any questions regarding disaster assistance contact: William Mesaros, CCLD, (651) 284-5870; Jim Muyres, CCLD, (507) 931-7500, or Don Munson, AMBO, Building Officials Incident Response Committee Chairman, at (651) 415-2120.

BIT online courses begin in August

BIT 1300 -01 Course ID # 000734 Building Inspection Plan Review, Non-structural (two credits) BIT 2100 -01 Course ID # 000856 Concrete and Concrete Inspections (two credits) Contact: Ron Sonnek BIT Program Coordinator North Hennepin Community College Phone: (763) 488-0208 E-mail:

Building Official, Building Official Limited and Accessibility Specialist classes

Sept. 26 - 29 and Dec. 19 - 22, 2006 Additional information and registration forms are online at certification.html. Come join us in the Education Building at the Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 24 through Sept. 4, 2006. CCLD will again participate in the Governor’s Fire Safety Day, Friday, Aug. 25. Our booth will be under the Grandstand.

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