Unified Development Ordinance, 5th supplement, March 2018
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 11 – 26 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 2 CHAPTER 11. BUILDING AND HOUSING CODE | Article 11.6. Housing Code Sec. 11.6.3. Minimum Standards for Basic Equipment and Facilities k. All water piping shall be protected from freezing by proper installation in protected space. l. Sewer and water lines shall be properly supported, with no broken or leaking lines. Every plumbing stack, vent, waste and sewer line shall function properly and be kept from obstructions, leaks and defects. m. Every supplied facility required under this UDO shall be so constructed, installed or connected that it will function safely and effectively and shall be maintained in a satisfactory working condition. It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously deposit any material in any toilet, bathtub or other plumbing fixture which may result in the obstruction of any sanitary sewer. Any liability on the part of the occupant shall not relieve the owner of the responsibility of cleaning any resulting blockage. 14. Heating a. All occupied dwelling units shall have heating facilities, central or as otherwise deemed acceptable by the North Carolina Building Code. b. Heating facilities shall be properly installed and maintained in good and safe working condition and capable of safely and adequately heating all habitable rooms, bathrooms and toilet compartments. c. Every occupied dwelling unit shall have a heating appliance with a minimum capacity of 12,000 BTU output so as to heat all habitable rooms to a minimum temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit, measured 3 feet above the floor with an outside temperature of 25 degrees Fahrenheit. As an alternative, a professional engineer or a North Carolina licensed HVAC contractor may provide calculations that the room designated can be heated accordingly by a heating unit with lesser capacity. d. Every bathroom or toilet compartment which does not open directly from a room having a source of heat shall be provided with a heating source deemed acceptable by this UDO, the North Carolina Building Code, the North Carolina Residential Code and as confirmed by the Inspector. e. All electric, gas and oil burning equipment installed on the premises shall be of a type approved by Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc., or by American Gas Association and shall be installed in accordance with the provisions of the manufacturers' recommendations or listing. f. Chimneys shall have no loose bricks or mortar; flues shall have no holes. g. Gas appliances shall not be located in, or obtain combustion air from, sleeping rooms, bathrooms, toilet rooms or storage closets. This shall not apply to: i. Direct vent appliances that obtain all combustion air directly from the outdoors; ii. Vented room heaters, wall furnaces, vented decorative appliances and decorative appliances for installation in vented solid fuel-burning fireplaces; provided that the room is not a confined space and the building is not of unusually tight construction; iii. A single wall-mounted unvented room heater equipped with an oxygen depletion safety shutoff system and installed in a bathroom, provided that the input rating does not exceed 6,000 BTU per hour and the bathroom is not a confined space; and iv. Appliances installed in a dedicated enclosure in which all combustion air is taken directly from the outdoors. Access to such enclosures shall be through a solid door that is weather-stripped and equipped with an approved self-closing device. h. There shall be no hanging masonry chimneys. i. Thimbles shall be grouted in tight. j. Thimbles shall be installed high enough for the stovepipe to rise ¼ inch per foot minimum. k. Fireplaces shall be used only for supplemental heat and not for basic heating. l. Hearth extension shall be at least 16 inches deep and 8 inches beyond each side of the fireplace opening. m. Combustible materials shall not be within 6 inches of either side of the fireplace opening or within 12 inches above the fireplace opening. n. If the fireplace opening is closed, the closure shall be of noncombustible material and airtight. o. Any stove shall be within 6 feet of the thimble serving it. p. No stovepipe shall be routed through combustible walls unless specifically approved for installation in combustible walls.