I recently had a call back from a client regarding a call they had made to the local AHJ. They called to follow up on a deck attachment which I called out, but the AHJ said was acceptable at the time of construction. After quite a bit of research I found that he was correct. The client was polite but suggested in the future I keep the AHJ’s opinion handy and not call out this defect. I didn’t care to discuss it so I thanked him and ended the call.
This has happened a couple time recently and I’m wondering how others handle it. Here’s the standards for only the city of Peoria where this house is located:- 2006 International Mechanical Code
- International Fuel Gas Code/2006
- International Energy Conservation Code/2006
- 2008 National Electrical Code NFPA 70
- International Building Code/2006
- 2006 IRC
- State of Illinois Plumbing Code
- International Property Maintenance Code
- International Existing Building Code/2006
Keep in mind, these are just the standards which are currently adopted in one city out of the six counties which I service. My question is, when you know that a certain city has a stance on a certain issue do you write it differently in your report, do you make a note of that exception or a verbal mention of it to your client, do you ignore it altogether and write the report as you normally would, or does it depend entirely upon the issue?
And in general, do you try to keep track of all the standards currently being used in your area?