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Ohio Building Code Standards

Policy Statement #4


The Mayors' Think Tank of Northeast Ohio (hereafter called MTT) has conducted detailed research on the impact of legislation substitute SB72 andHB274, which would change Ohio's standard building codes. Members of MTT are primarily concerned that the proposed legislation would establish state minimum building standards as the only building standards to be recognized and enforced in Ohio, eliminating the option of local governments to impose building standards stricter than those of the state. Resources used to explore the potential impact of proposed legislation include the "Ohio Basic Building Code;" excerpts from the national code promulgated by the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA); presentations from representatives of the City of Middleburg Heights (Cuyahoga County) concerning their court case in 1992 and their position on the proposed legislation; information from building officials from local communities (John Marrelli, Jr., from Bedford Heights, Cuyahoga County, Robert Wrentmore from Twinsburg, Summit County, and John Chasteen, Macedonia, Summit County); and information from John Mahoney, Deputy Director, Ohio Municipal League.


Currently, the "Ohio Basic Building Code" is used to set building standards in the State of Ohio. It was created by adopting provisions of the national building code (BOCA): "BOCA National Building Code 1993, Twelfth Edition, First Printing, Chapters 2-35," as well as the "BOCA National Mechanical Code 1993, Eighth Edition, First Printing, Chapters 2-21" (with subsequent deletions, substitutions, and amendments in effect).