Texas House Bill 1736
Effective September 1, 2016, House Bill (HB) 1736 sets the current energy code for the State of Texas to be the 2015 International Energy Efficiency Code (IEEC) with energy provisions of the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) for single family construction. In subsequent legislation, the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) was given rule making authority by the legislature to adopt subsequent editions of the energy code based on stringency findings by the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) of Texas A&M University. SECO’s rule making process is anticipated to adopt the 2015 IECC for all other construction with the effective date of November 1, 2016.
Clarification to Sign Regulations Ordinance
After finding conflicts with the enforcement of Sections 82-5.b.4.e.1.c and 82-5b.4.f.1.d of Chapter 82 Sign Regulations in the Haltom City Code of Ordinances, the Department of Planning and Community Development will not enforce a maximum of one attached sign per nonresidential lot of record.
Per Section 82-7 Prohibitions of Chapter 82 Sign Regulations in the Haltom City Code of Ordinances, roof signs are prohibited and Section 82-2 Definitions defines a roof sign as any sign erected, constructed, or maintained on or above the roof of a building. The Department of Planning and Community Development does not find this regulation to prohibit a sign attached to a mansard fascia.
The Department of Planning and Community Development finds Section 82-8.b.1 of the Sign Regulations to state interior signs seen behind window panes are subject to provisions of Section 82-3, 82-7, and 82-10; while signs on or covering the exterior of a window pane are not expressly permitted in the City.
Foundation Repair Requires Building Permit
“Effective July 17, 2014, the City of Haltom City requires a building permit for foundation repair. The permit fee shall be based on the value of work disclosed with the permit application via a bid, contract, or estimate. An original engineer’s sealed letter of required repairs must be submitted with the permit application and must adequately describe the location of piers and footings. Prior to calling for final inspection, an original engineer’s final report shall be submitted to the City that verifies repairs were performed to engineered specifications.”