Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 11 – 21 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 2 Article 11.6. Housing Code | CHAPTER 11. BUILDING AND HOUSING CODE Sec. 11.6.3. Minimum Standards for Basic Equipment and Facilities 3. Every habitable room shall have at least 1 window or skylight which can easily be opened directly to the outside, or such other device as will adequately ventilate the room. The total of operable window area in every habitable room shall be equal to at least 45 percent of the minimum window area size or minimum skylight-type window size, as required in Sec. 11.6.3.B.1. above, except where there is supplied some other device affording adequate ventilation and approved by the Department of Inspections. 4. Every habitable room of every building shall contain at least 2 separate floor and/or wall-type electric convenience outlets and every toilet compartment, bathroom, laundry room, furnace room, entrance, exitway, and public hall shall contain at least 1 supplied ceiling or wall-type electric light fixture. Every such outlet and fixture shall be connected to the source of electric power in a safe manner. The electrical service serving a dwelling unit shall be of sufficient capacity to carry the demand load as determined by the State adopted Electrical Code. 5. Every public hall and stairway in every multiple dwelling serving 5 or more dwelling units shall be adequately lighted at all times. Every public hall and stairway in structures devoted solely to dwelling occupancy and containing not more than 4 dwelling units may be supplied with conveniently located light switches, controlling an adequate lighting system which may be turned on when needed, instead of full-time lighting. 6. Bathrooms, toilet compartments and similar rooms shall be provided with aggregate glazing area in windows of not less than 3 square feet, one-half of which must be operable, except that a window shall not be required in such spaces equipped with a mechanical ventilation system. Air exhausted by a mechanical ventilation system from a bathroom or toilet shall discharge to the outdoors and shall not be re-circulated. C. Sanitary Maintenance, Safety and Structural Standards No person shall occupy as owner-occupant, or let to another for occupancy, any dwelling or dwelling unit for the purpose of living therein which does not comply with the following requirements: 1. Screening for Insects and Rodents a. For protection against mosquitoes, flies and other insects, every door opening directly from a dwelling or dwelling unit to outdoor space shall have a screened door with a self-closing device; and every window or other device with openings to outdoor space used, designed or intended to be used for ventilation shall be likewise provided with screens. Screens shall be not less than 16 mesh per inch. Dwelling units containing central air conditioning equipment or window-type air conditioning units which will satisfactorily cool and ventilate the dwelling unit are not required to have screens in door and window openings. b. Every basement or cellar window used or intended to be used for ventilation and every other opening which might provide an entry for rodents, shall be supplied with a screen or such other device as will effectively prevent their entrance. c. Screens shall be provided for all enclosed crawl space vents. d. Screens shall fit openings snugly and shall not be torn or otherwise defective. e. Screens shall not be permanently fixed to the window frame or sash by nail, staples, screws or any other permanently fixed means. Screens shall be attached so as to be easily removed. 2. Foundations a. A foundation wall shall support the building at all points and shall be free of holes and cracks which would admit rodents, water or dampness to the interior of the building or which lessen the capability of the foundation to support the building. b. Crawl space shall be graded so as to prevent any standing water. c. Footings shall be sound and have adequate bearing capacity. d. Piers shall be sound with no loose mortar or masonry. e. No pier in which the plumb line from top center falls outside the middle 1/3 of the pier base shall be allowed. f. No stiff knees shall be used in place of footing and pier requirements in paragraphs c. and d. above. 3. Floors a. There shall be no decayed, insect-damaged, termite-damaged, fire- damaged, broken, overloaded or sagging girders, floor joists or sills that adversely affect the structural integrity of the building framing system.