The provisions contained in this appendix are not mandatory unless specifically referenced in the adopting ordinance.
    User note: Code change proposals to this appendix will be considered by the IBC – Structural Code
    Development Committee during the 2016 (Group B) Code Development Cycle. See explanation on page iv.


    J101.1 Scope.

    The provisions of this chapter apply to grading, excavation and earthwork construction, including fills and embankments. Where conflicts occur between the technical requirements of this chapter and the geotechnical report, the geotechnical report shall govern.

    J101.2 Flood hazard areas.

    Unless the applicant has submitted an engineering analysis, prepared in accordance with standard engineering practice by a registered design professional, that demonstrates the proposed work will not result in any increase in the level of the base flood, grading, excavation and earthwork construction, including fills and embankments, shall not be permitted in floodways that are in flood hazard areas established in Section 1612.3 or in flood hazard areas where design flood elevations are specified but floodways have not been designated.