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Building Code of the Philippines(1)

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Unformatted text preview: e code shall apply to the design, location, siting, construction, alternation, repair, conversion, use, occupancy, maintenance, moving demolition of, and addition to public and private buildings and structures, except traditional indigenous family dwellings as defined therein. Exception - Buildings and/or structures construction before the approval of the code shall not be affected thereby except when alterations, additions, conversions or repairs are to be made in which case, the code shall apply only to portions to be altered, added, converted or repaired. Public buildings and traditional indegenous family dwellings are exempt from the payment of building permit fees. The code defines the term traditional indigenous family dwellings to mean a dwelling intended for the use of the owner only constructed of native materials such as bamboo, nipa, logs or lumber, the total cost of which does not exceed fifteen thousand pesos (Sec. 209). Administration and Enforcement - The administration and enforcement of the code including the imposition of penalties for administrative violations thereof is vested with the Secretary of Public Works, Transportation and Communications (Sec. 201). He exercises the following powers and functions: (1) Formulate policies, plans, standards and guidelines on building design, construction, use, occupancy and maintenance, in accordance with the Code. (2) Issue and promulgate the rules and regulations to implement the provisions of the Code and ensure compliance with policies, plans, standards and guidelines formulated under paragraph 1, Sec. 203 of the code. (3) Evaluate, review, approve and/or take final action on changes and/or amendments to existing referral codes as well as on the incorporation of other referral codes which are not yet expressly made part of the National Building Code. (4) Prescribe and fix the amount of fees and other charges that the building official shall collect in connection with the performance of regulatory functions. The duties of issuing building permits and the enforcement of the building code in the field rest with the Building Official (Sec. 207). Due to exigencies of the service, the Secretary of DPWTC may designate incumbent Public Works District Engineers, City Engineers and Municipal Engineers to act as Building Officials in their respective areas of jurisdiction (sec. 205). Effectivity of implementing Rules - Sec. 211 of the Code provides that the implementing rules and regulations formulated by the Secretary DPWTC shall take effect after their publication once a week for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation. The implementing rules as prescribed by the Secretary DPWTC covers the following: Rule I Building Permit Application Rule II Processing of Application for Building Permits Annex A Processing of Application for Building Permits Annex A-1Processing of Application for Sectional Permit Annex B Interim Guidelines for Land use and Zoning Rule III Assessment, Impositio...
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