Code Administration Technical Advisory Committee
October 5, 2009
Public point of access: Room
Department of Community Affairs
Building Codes and Standards
Code Administration TAC Attendees: Herminio Gonzalez; Chairman, Randy Vann, Hamid Bahadori, John Scherer, John O'Connor, Bob Boyer, and Harry “Rusty” Carroll-alternate for Bill Dunbaugh.
Staff Attendees: Mo Madani, Rick Dixon, Jim Richmond, Marlita Peters
1. Call to Order- Roll Call – Quorum confirmed.
2. Reviewed and approved agenda and July minutes with no corrections or changes.
2. Reviewed and provided recommendations to the Commission on the request for declaratory statement:
DCA-DEC-259 by Robert S. Fine Counsel for
Mo Madani read the Staff Analysis for the record regarding DCA09-DEC-259 and attorney, Robert Fine, presented his case providing a response to the staff analysis.
John O’Connor moved the following answers to DCA09-DEC-259 and seconded by Rusty Carroll. The answers were approved 5/1.
Question 1: Does the installation of lightweight material (such as vinyl mesh) murals on the
exterior of existing buildings, where the material does not encroach the
public right-of-way, require a building permit as might otherwise be required
by under Section 105.1 of the FBC (2004 and 2007 editions)?”
Answer: Yes. According to Section 403 of the
and Section 3107 of the
described falls within the scope of the
Code” and for that a building permit would be required.
Question 2: If the answer to question (1) above is in the affirmative, then, on an
existing building which had a mural as described in question (1) above
installed prior to the original
effective date of the
(i.e. the 2001 edition), would the lowering and then re-hanging the mural
material to the existing fasteners periodically for maintenance purposes
(or, for example, during hurricane warning through the passing of the
storm periods) constitute a repair or an alteration under FBC Existing
Building Volume (2007 edition) (FBC-EB)?
Answer: The level of work in question is specific to an existing installation
which falls outside the scope of the Declaratory Statement process.
The Declaratory Statement process is limited in scope to future projects.
Question 3: Regarding the scenarios set forth in questions (1) and (2) above, would the
vinyl murals described in questions (2) and (3) above be considered
“structural elements” for the purpose of FBC –EB?
Answer: Yes. The product in question will impose additional dead load (gravity
load due to the weight of all materials) which has to be supported by the
existing building and transferred to the structural members of the existing building.
3. New business.
Prepared by the Florida Department of
Codes and Standards Office
Marlita Peters– (850)-922-6864 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mo Madani – Manager – 850-921-2247 – email@example.com
Note: This document
is available to any person requiring materials in alternate format upon
request. Contact the Department of Community Affairs,