That a certain document, one (1) copy of which is on file in the office of the City Clerk of The City of Wakefield, being marked and designated as the International Residential Code, 2006 edition, including Appendix Chapters A, B, C, E, F, G, H, J, M, N, P, and Q as published by the International Code Council, be and is hereby adopted as the Building Code of the City of Wakefield, in the State of Kansas for regulating and governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures; by providing the standards for supplied utilities and facilities and other physical things and conditions essential to ensure that structures are safe, sanitary and fit for occupation and use; and the condemnation of buildings and structures unfit for human occupancy and use and the demolition of such structures as herein provided; providing for the issuance of permits and collection of fees therefor; and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of said Building Code on file in the office of the City Clerk, City of Wakefield are hereby referred to, adopted, and made a part hereof, as if fully set out in this section, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in Section 4-902.

(Ord. 1283; Ord. 1297; Code 2015)

The following sections are hereby revised to read as follows:

Section R101.1 Title. These regulations shall be known as the Residential Code for one and two family dwellings of the City of Wakefield, Kansas, and herein after known as “this code”.

Section R105.2 Work exempt from permit. Permits shall not be required for the following. Exemption from permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of this code or any other law or ordinances of this jurisdiction.

(a)   Building:

(1)   Sidewalks and driveways.

(2)   Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops and similar finish work.

(3)   Swings and other playground equipment.

(4)   Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches

(b)   Electrical:

       Repairs and Maintenance: A permit shall not be required for minor repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical to approved permanently installed receptacles.

(c)   Gas:

(1)   Portable heating, cooking or clothes drying appliances.

(2)   Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.

(3)   Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.

(d)   Mechanical:

(1)   Portable heating and ventilation appliances.

(2)   Portable cooling units or portable evaporative coolers.

(3)   Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code.

(4)   Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.

Section 108.2 Schedule of Permit Fees. On buildings or structures requiring a permit, a fee for each permit shall be paid as required, in accordance with the following schedule:

$15.00 for the first $1,000.00 and an additional $3.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof.

Swimming Pools $25.00

Fences $10.00

For each re-inspection beyond the second re-inspection. $50.00

       Each inspection which is not deemed ready for inspection at the scheduled time shall be considered a failed inspection and subject to re-inspection. The re-inspection fee shall be paid within 10 calendar days of the date of the inspection causing the fee, and prior to a certificate of occupancy being issued for that project. Subsequent inspections for that permitted project shall not be conducted until all past due re-inspection fees have been paid. The Building Official shall have the authority to waive re-inspection fees as deemed necessary.

Section 108.3 Building Permit Valuations. The determination of value or valuation under any of the provisions of this code shall be made by the building official. The valuation shall be calculated by using the most recent version of Valuation Data Table as published in the International Code Council Building Safety Journal Magazine. The amount to be used for determining the building permit fee shall be the total value of all construction work for which the permit is issued including all finish work, painting, roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, elevators, fire-extinguishing systems and any other permanent equipment. No fee, other than that set forth above, shall be charged for new construction; although this does not preclude the building official from charging separate fees for sewer and water connections and sign installations.

       The governing body shall have the right to waive fees as it deems necessary.

Section R108.6 Work commencing before permit issuance. Any person who commences any work on a building, structure, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system before obtaining the necessary permits shall be subject to a fee equal to one-half of the permit fee in addition to the required permit fees.

Section R112 of the International Residential Code is hereby deleted.

Section R302.2 Townhouses. Each townhouse shall be considered a separate building and shall be separated by fire resistance rated wall assemblies meeting the requirements of Section R302. I for exterior walls.

       Exception: A common 2 hour fire resistance rated wall is permitted for townhouses if such walls do not contain plumbing or mechanical equipment, ducts or vents in the cavity of the common wall. Electrical installations shall be installed in accordance with Chapters 34 through 43. Penetrations of electrical outlet boxes shall be in accordance with Section R302.4.

Section R310.l.1 Minimum opening area. All emergency escape and rescue openings shall have a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 square feet.

Section R310.2 Window wells. The minimum horizontal area of the window well shall be 9 square feet, with a minimum horizontal projection and width of 36 inches. The area of the window well shall allow the emergency escape and rescue opening to be fully opened. Guards or covers shall be provided to safeguard against falls into the window well.

       Exception: The ladder or steps required by Section R310.2.1 shall be permitted to encroach a maximum of 6 inches into the required dimensions of the window well.

Section R312.2. Guard opening limitations. Open guardrails shall have intermediate rails or an ornamental pattern such that a sphere 4 1/2” (102 mm) in diameter cannot pass through.


1.    The open space between the intermediate rails or ornamental pattern of guardrails in areas of commercial and industrial-type occupancies which are not accessible to the public may be such that a sphere 12 inches (305 mm) in diameter cannot pass through.

2.    The triangular openings formed by the riser, tread and bottom element of a guardrail at the open side of a stairway may be of such size that a sphere 6 inches (152 mm) in diameter cannot pass through.

Section R313 of the International Residential Code is hereby deleted.

Section P2603.6.1 Sewer Depth. Building sewers shall be a minimum of 34 inches below grade unless insulated.

(Ord. 1283; Ord. 1297; Code 2015)