Public Hearing And Second Reading: Jan. 21st,  2019

Written by Janet Thome

Boulder, Colorado had it’s first meeting regarding the possible adoption of Appendix Q for Tiny Homes  on Nov. 19th,  2019. A public hearing and second reading has been scheduled for Jan. 21st, 2019 at 6PM.

Appendix Q was adopted  into  the 2018 International Residential Code ( IRC ) building code to provide regulations and standards for tiny homes on a foundation that is 400 square feet or less

Appendix Q relaxes various requirements in the body of the code as they apply to tiny houses that are 400 square feet or less.
Attention is specifically paid to features such as compact stairs, including hand rails and headroom, ladders, reduced ceiling heights in lofts and guard and emergency escape and rescue opening requirements of lofts.

The International Residential Code is a comprehensive, stand alone residential code that creates minimum regulations for one-and two family dwellings of three stories or less.

The IRC brings together all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel, gas, energy and electrical for provisions for one-and two-family residences.  Appendix Q was adopted to the IRC building code standards through the ICC Code Developement Process.

Jurisdictions may use Appendix Q as a model code to adopt, reference or amend. Builders or even jurisdictions that have not adopted the 2018 IRC or the Appendix, can seek approval ”on a project basis through the alternative materials and designs provision” in the IRC.-David Eisenberg, co-author of The Strawbale House Book.

Attend or Watch Council Meetings

Regular City Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Council Chambers located in the Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway St. See City Council Meeting Calendar for scheduled events. The public can attend meetings,  watch them online or view them on Boulder 8 TV on Comcast in high definition on channel 880 or standard definition on channel 8.

Speak at Council Meetings

City Council meetings are open to the public and you may sign up to speak to council about city issues. You can  sign up online through Eventbrite to speak on open comment items for meetings. Read  Rules of Decorum pdf   for details on how council meetings are run and expectations for participants.


Follow The Code Development Process

THIA is documenting the code development process and participating in the public comment stages across the country as jurisdictions adopt Appendix Q for tiny homes.

Follow the process.

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