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The International Plumbing Code (IPC) And Commercial Property Inspections.


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Interpretations and Acronyms You Should Know:

  • Building code: regulations and guidelines embraced by the governmental authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) over the building and/or renovation of the commercial building.

  • Code authorities: the officer or various other government-designated authorities charged with the enforcement of building codes.

  • IBC: International Building codes.

  • ICC: International Code Council.

  • IPC: International Plumbing Code.

The purpose of the walk-through study is to permit the inspector to aesthetically observe the subject's home, gather info, and note items of interest.


The International Code Council (ICC) releases the International Building Code (IBC) and International Plumbing Code (IPC). Particularly, Phase 29 of the IBC and the IPC, established the minimum demands for the layout, installment, modification, and maintenance of pipes systems in structures and frameworks. These codes are generally embraced and also modified for the regional AHJ, such as building codes abided by code officials.


The IBC sets the minimal requirements for pipe components for details occupancies, the setup of fixtures, and other design functions and restrictions. In a similar way, the IPC controls the products, dimensions, and the installation of safe and clean water and also distribution plumbing fixtures, drainpipes, waste and vent (DWV) piping, and also storm drainage systems.


Although a commercial property inspection is not a code inspection, professional inspectors might discover it handy to have a fundamental functioning knowledge of these codes. Keep in mind that it is not the inspector's duty to report on conformity with codes and guidelines, per Area 8 of the ComSOP: Limitations, Exceptions, and Exclusions. Regional building authorities have territory over the interpretation and also conformity of codes. Instead, comprehending the IBC and ICC will contribute to your inspection abilities and aid you in determining defects and potential safety and security problems for your customers.



The Author Kevin Maxwell is the owner and operator of Maxwell Home Inspection Services, LLC. Kevin Maxwell is a certified Home Inspector in Albany, NY, who has performed over 6000 Inspections.

Phone: 1-800-598-4754

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