Tougher building codes on the way |

Tougher building codes on the way

Nevada County supervisors approved more stringent building codes, mandated by the state of California, in a 3-to-2 vote on Tuesday and directed the county building director Brian Washko to draft a letter to the state to relay frustrations over the new state mandates.

Supervisors Ted Owens and John Spencer voted against the stricter codes after hearing two representatives from the county Board of Building Appeals.

“They felt the state didn’t seek enough input during the process,” County Counsel Robert Shulman said.

The changes to the 2007 California Building Codes are the first in a decade and were enacted by the state at the beginning of the year. More stringent codes will affect building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing.

They also include a new fire code requiring tempered glass windows, fire resistant decking and siding for all new construction, Washko said. He has written a letter to the state Building Standards Commission outlining supervisors’ concerns.

The new codes require over-building and will hurt an already struggling housing market, making it more expensive for younger families to buy a new home, Owens said.

To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown,e-mail or call 477-4231.

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