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Posted on: October 22, 2015

Amendments to the Village Building Code help Meet Developer Needs

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In an effort to ensure that the Village’s development regulations reflect the latest standards in construction and meet the demands of the development community, the Lombard Village Board recently approved a series of electric and plumbing Codes.

These new Codes take effect on November 1, 2015.

The intent of the amendments is to ensure that the adopted Village regulations reflect trends in construction and address life/safety concerns for businesses and residents. This effort included a detailed review of other adopted regulations, ongoing discussions with property owners, the development community and consultation with industry experts. The codes were also unanimously supported by the Village’s Board of Building Appeals and the Electric Commission.

The current amendments supplement major changes made to the Building Code in early 2015 and include modifications based upon observed practices and provisions for some increased flexibility in design. The Plumbing Code was updated to reflect changes made to the State Plumbing Code and to provide for standardization and uniformity with accepted practices. The Village also adopted the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC) to standardize our electrical code with other surrounding municipalities. Local code requirements that were more preference based were also modified or eliminated to provide for greater flexibility in design and construction.

“The code changes help ensure that the Village’s regulations meet the needs of the development, commercial and residential communities”, noted Community Development Director William Heniff. “The amendments help ensure that the local codes follow accepted construction practices successfully implemented elsewhere in the Chicago area, and will keep the Village economically competitive as the changes pertain to the overall cost of construction.”

Questions regarding the code amendments can be directed to the Lombard Community Development Department at (630)620-5750.

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