Title 3 Property Regulation Administration

  1. Chapter 1731 Approval of Materials and Equipment
  2. Chapter 1733 Unsafe Structures and Equipment
  3. Chapter 1735 Vacant Structures
  4. Chapter 1739 Violations and Abatement
  5. Chapter 1741 Appeal
  6. Chapter 1743 Referenced Standards

Chapter 1731 Approval of Materials and Equipment

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Section 1731.01 Alternative Materials

(a) The provisions of this code are not intended to prevent the installation of any material or to prohibit any design or method of construction not specifically prescribed by this code, provided that any such alternative has been approved.

(b) An alternative material, design, or method of construction shall be approved where the code official finds that the proposed design is satisfactory and complies with the intent of the provisions of this code, and that the material, method, or work offered is, for the purpose intended, not less than the equivalent of that prescribed in this code in quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability, and safety.

(c) here the alternative material, design, or method of construction is not approved, the code official shall respond in writing, stating the reasons why the alternative was not approved.

Section 1731.02 Required Testing

(a) Whenever there is insufficient evidence of compliance with the provisions of this code, evidence that a material or method does not conform to the requirements of this code, or insufficient evidence to substantiate claims for alternative materials or methods, the code official shall have the authority to require tests to be made as evidence of compliance, at the expense of the person requesting use of alternative materials or equipment.

(1) Test methods shall be as specified in this code or by other recognized test standards. In the absence of recognized and accepted test methods, the code official shall be permitted to approve appropriate testing procedures performed by an approved agency.

(2) Reports of tests shall be retained by the code official for the period required for retention of public records.

(b) Supporting data, where necessary to assist in the approval of materials or assemblies not specifically provided for in this code, shall consist of valid research reports from approved sources.

Section 1731.03 Used Materials and Equipment

Materials that are reused shall comply with the requirements of this code for new materials. Materials, equipment, and devices shall not be reused unless such elements are in good repair or have been reconditioned and tested where necessary, placed in good and proper working condition and approved by the code official.

Section 1731.04 Conditions of Use

Materials, equipment, and devices approved by the code official shall be constructed and installed in accordance with such approval.