Unified Development Ordinance, 5th supplement, March 2018
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 11 – 23 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 6. Ceilings a. There shall be no joists which are decayed, broken, sagging, or improperly supported. b. There shall be no holes or excessive cracks which permit air or moisture to penetrate rooms. c. There shall be no loose plaster, boards, gypsum wall board, or other ceiling finish. d. Ceiling joists shall be structurally sound. e. Only standard building materials deemed acceptable by general building standards as set forth by this UDO, the North Carolina Building Code, the North Carolina Residential Code, and as confirmed by the Inspector, shall be used on a ceiling to prevent air or moisture intrusion. 7. Roofs a. There shall be no rafters which are decayed, broken, or improperly supported. b. No rafters shall be damaged by fire. c. Sheathing shall not be loose and shall be structurally sound. d. No loose roof covering shall be allowed, nor shall there be any holes or leaks which could cause damage to the structure. e. There shall be proper flashing at walls and roof penetrations. The roof and flashing shall be sound, tight, and have no defects that admit rain. f. Roof drainage shall be adequate to prevent dampness or deterioration in the walls or interior portion of the structure. Roof drains, gutters and downspouts shall be maintained in good repair and free from obstructions. g. Roof water shall not be discharged in a manner that creates a public nuisance. h. No live or dead vegetation, tree branches or other debris that affects roof drainage or future roof degradation shall be allowed to remain on the roof structure. i. New roof coverings shall not be installed without first removing existing roof covering where any of the following conditions exist: i. The existing roof or roof covering is water-soaked or has deteriorated to the point that the existing roof or roof covering is not adequate as a base for additional roofing; ii. The existing roof covering is wood shake, slate, clay tile, cement tile or asbestos-cement tile; or iii. The existing roof has 2 or more applications of any type of roof covering. 8. Exterior and Interior Windows and Doors a. All exterior windows and doors shall be reasonably weathertight, shall have no broken glass, and shall have adequate operable locks and hardware. Clasp locks and hasp locks are not acceptable locks and hardware. b. All interior doors and hardware shall be in good repair. c. Every window, skylight, door and frame shall be kept in sound condition and good repair. All glazing materials shall be maintained free from cracks and holes. Every window, other than a fixed window, shall be easily operable and capable of being held in position by window hardware. d. Plastics (plexiglass) shall not be used as glazing unless in compliance with ASTM requirements ASTM 84, ASTM D 2843 and combustibility classifications CC1 and CC2. e. Covers, screens or similar devices are permitted to be placed over emergency escape and rescue openings, bulkhead enclosures, or window wells that serve such openings, provided such devices are capable of being released or removed from the inside without the use of a key, tool or force greater than that required for normal operation of the opening. f. Bars, grills or similar devices are not permitted to be placed over emergency escape and rescue openings, bulkhead enclosures or window wells that serve such openings. 9. Means of Egress a. There shall be a minimum of 1 exit from each dwelling unit for one or two family dwellings or townhomes, in accordance with the North Carolina State Building Code.