Code reviews and building permits are key services during the construction and contract management phase of a project.
Code reviews must be performed before any and all construction is performed on any of UB's campuses. Building codes are the minimum design and construction requirements to ensure safe, accessible spaces and resilient structures.
Design and Construction is the only office on campus authorized to conduct code reviews, issue building permits and certificates of compliance.
Building codes are laws that set minimum requirements for how structural systems, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), natural gas systems and other aspects of residential and commercial buildings should be designed and constructed. In the U.S., building codes mostly fall under the purview of state and local governments. New versions of standards are published on a regular schedule, generally every three to six years, and are developed by committees of dozens or sometimes hundreds of volunteer experts.
The Building Code of New York State (BCNYS) contains a series of minimum requirements set forth by the state. It explains how the codes are to be applied and enforced.
Since there are many different types and sizes of buildings, the first several chapters of the requirements go into detailed classifications and uses of these buildings to set what standard is to be used. Another important element of code interpretation is the building's fire protection system, building composition and interior elements. Since UB contains over 200 buildings, each code review is based on the individual, connecting or adjacent building.
Allowing timely relocation or evacuation of building occupants falls under the requirements set forth for determining means of egress.
What is required for a building or facility to be physically accessible to people with disabilities is explained more in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The Building Code of New York State does contain guidelines to follow but both texts must be referenced when determining accessibility requirements.
Upon final inspection for code review, a floor plan may be provided containing both a means of egress diagram and a floor plan showing accessible options containing new or exisitng furniture.
Certified Building Safety Inspector (BSI) or a Certified Code Enforcement Official (CEO) are the only people that can determine code compliance at UB.
Certified Building Safety Inspectors are those individuals who are certified pursuant to 19 NYCRR Part 1208 to perform fire safety and/or property maintenance inspections of existing buildings and structures.
Certified Code Enforcement Officials are those individuals who are certified pursuant to 19 NYCRR Part 1208 to perform any code enforcement activity.
Code reviews are performed to keep our UB community members safe. If you are unsure if you need a code review, review the code review process. The Code Review form contains detailed questions that you can use to evaluate your particular project needs.
1. Review the checklist to determine your project needs. If ANY of the questions are checked than your request will require a code review.
2. Submit a work order selecting 'Code Review'. Make sure to provide as much detail as possible about the request.
3. The code review request is then processed by customer service and then by the code official. Depending on the departmental needs, you will be notified as to which category the request will then fall into: