Codes and Inspections

Engineered plans and specifications must be built and followed as designed. International 

Residential Code construction notes become part of the approved plans and are for your



The West Jordan City Building & Safety Division uses the following design criteria when reviewing projects submitted for a building permit within City limits.


  1. BUILDING CODES:  The Building Division enforces the following building codes with State amendments.

    • 2018 International Building Code (including Appendix J)

    • 2015 International Residential Code (including Appendix Q of the 2018 IRC)

    • 2018 International Plumbing Code

    • 2018 International Mechanical Code

    • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code

    • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (residential provisions)

    • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (commercial provisions)

    • 2018 International Existing Building Code

    • 2018 International Fire Code

    • 2017 National Electric Code

    • 1997 Uniform Code for Abatement of Dangerous Buildings

    • City of West Jordan Municipal and Development Codes


    1. Ground Snow Loads:  The actual snow loads vary depending upon elevation.  For all projects located at, or below, 4,239 feet mean sea level the ground snow load (Pf) shall be a minimum of 28 pounds per square foot. For elevations above 4,239 feet mean sea level please visit as referenced in Section 15A of Utah’s “State Construction and Fire Codes Act”.

    2. Roof Snow Loads:  Shall be determined per Chapter 7 of ASCE 7-16. 

    3. Seismic Snow:  At locations where the roof snow load exceeds 30psf a percentage of the snow load must be considered in the effective seismic weight of the structure per Section 15A-3-107 of Utah’s “State Construction and Fire Codes Act”.

  3. WIND:

    1. Speed:  All wind speeds listed below are 3-second gust at 33 feet above the ground.

      1. Residential:  115 mph

      2. Commercial (see IBC Figures 1609.3(1-4):

        • Risk Category I = 100 mph

        • Risk Category II = 105 mph

        • Risk Category III = 110 mph

        • Risk Category IV = 115 mph

    2.  Exposure:  Site specific (per Chapter 26 of ASCE 7-16). Typically “B” or “C”.


    1. Seismic Design Category:

      • Residential:  D2

      • Commercial:  D

    2. Site-specific:  Because ground motions tend to vary substantially throughout the city, the mapped spectral accelerations (SS & S1) should be obtained by considering the site-specific address or latitude and longitude values and obtaining the ground motions from the Applied Technology Council’s “ATC Hazards by Location” tool (  

  5. SOILS:

    1. Frost Depth:  30 inches.

    2. Site Class:  Site specific.  For projects not requiring a geotechnical report (see below) Site Class ‘D’ can be assumed per Section 20.1 of ASCE 7-16.

    3. Allowable Bearing Pressures: 

      • Foundation pressure:  1,500psf, per IRC Table R401.4.1 and IBC Table 1806.2.

      • Lateral pressure:  100psf/f, per IBC Table 1806.2.

      • The above listed values are maximum allowable values unless listed otherwise by a site-specific geotechnical report complying with IBC 1803.6 and IBC 1803.5.5, as applicable.

    4. Site-specific Geotechnical Report:

      • General:  All geotechnical reports submitted for permit issuance must be dated no later than two years from the permit application date.  Outdated reports must be accompanied by a letter from a qualified geotechnical engineer stating that the report requirements are still valid or stating what items may have changed. 

      • Residential:  Residential projects meeting one or more of the following requirements must provide a site-specific geotechnical report meeting the requirements of IBC 1803.6:

        • Where the building footprint is greater than 3,000 square feet, or has a gross square footage of 6,000 square feet or greater; or

        • Where the grade supporting the structure has a slope equal to or greater than 20 percent; or

        • Where the building is to be built on a lot in which a previous structure once existed.

      • Commercial:  All commercial projects require a site-specific soils report meeting the requirements of IBC 1803.6 and IBC 1803.5.5, as applicable.  Additions to existing facilities of less than 3,000 square feet are exempt from this requirement.


    1. Flood Hazard Areas

      • Residential:  Buildings and structures located in flood hazard areas (i.e. Flood Zones A or V) must comply with IRC R322.

      • Commercial:  Buildings and structures located in flood hazard areas must comply with IBC 1612, Chapter 5 of ASCE 7-16 and ASCE 24-14.

    2. Floodways:  Buildings and structures located in identified floodways must be designed and constructed in accordance with ASCE 24-14.

    3. Interactive Flood Zone Map:  Available at the following web link…

  7. RAINFALL:  Average annual rainfall is 16 inches.


  9. WEATHERING:  Severe

  10. TERMITE:  None to Slight



  13. AIR FREEZING INDEX:  ≤ 1500


Last Revised:  05/2019


Inspections are required at critical points during construction to verify work is being done in accordance with approved plans, codes, and laws. Inspection requests must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Inspection reports are left at the job site and are for your records as well as a part of the permanent file for a project. Inspection reports explain any deficiencies in the construction, indicate if a re-inspection is needed, and can be a vehicle to clear utilities or provide occupancy to a project. For your information, the following is a guide of inspection requirements and procedures.

Required Inspections

  • Footing (before concrete is poured) and setback (to all property lines)

  • Foundation (before concrete is poured)

  • Bond beams (prior to grout placement)

  • Sewer lateral (line is to be tested)

  • Sub-rough plumbing (with test that meets requirements of the plumbing code)

  • 4-Way; framing, rough electrical, rough plumbing, and rough mechanical (prior to insulation)

  • Insulation (to meet energy code requirements)

  • Gas Meter

  • Flashing and Weather barrier (prior to stucco, siding, or masonry installation)

  • Fire-wall (nailing and taping)

  • Final (all trades including water meter and landscaping)

  • Final lot grading and drainage

  • Special inspections (as required per the IBC)  


Note: Other inspections, while not specifically mentioned above, such as roofing, stucco, brick, concrete, venting, etc. will be performed periodically as needed.

Work shall be ready for inspection when the request is made. To schedule an inspection, call the Inspection Line at 801-569-5055.

Contact Us
City Hall
8000 S. Redwood Road
2nd floor
West Jordan, UT 84088
Fax 801-569-5099
Inspection Request Line

(excluding all state and federal holidays)

8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Building Official
Bill Bailey 801-569-5052
Sr. Plans Examiner
Layne Western 801-569-5056
Plans Examiner
Jason Frazier 801-569-5054
Inspection Supervisor
Doug Rolfe 801-569-5083
Kathy Saupe  801-569-5059
David Vanballegooie 801-569-5082
Ken Neumann 801-569-5057
Permit Technician
Stefanie Daggs 801-569-5080

Mayor and Council Districts      District Map

Mayor Dirk Burton

Councilmember Chris McConnehey (District 1)

Councilmember Melissa Worthen (District 2)

Councilmember Zach Jacob (District 3)

Councilmember David Pack (District 4)

Councilmember Chad Lamb (At Large)

Councilmember Kayleen Whitelock (At Large)

Councilmember Kelvin Green (At Large)

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