International Building Code Section 1703


International Building Code 1703.1

Approved agency. An approved agency shall provide
all information as necessary for the building official to determine
that the agency meets the applicable requirements.

Independent. An approved agency shall be objective
and competent. The agency shall also disclose possible
conflicts of interest so that objectivity can be confirmed.

Equipment. An approved agency shall have adequate
equipment to perform required tests. The equipment
shall be periodically calibrated.

Personnel. An approved agency shall employ
experienced personnel educated in conducting, supervising
and evaluating tests and/or inspections.

International Building Code 1703.1.1

Independent. An approved agency shall be objective
and competent. The agency shall also disclose possible
conflicts of interest so that objectivity can be confirmed.

International Building Code 1703.1.2

Equipment. An approved agency shall have adequate
equipment to perform required tests. The equipment
shall be periodically calibrated.

International Building Code 1703.1.3

Personnel. An approved agency shall employ
experienced personnel educated in conducting, supervising
and evaluating tests and/or inspections.

International Building Code 1703.2

Written approval. Any material, appliance, equipment,
system or method of construction meeting the requirements
of this code shall be approved in writing after
satisfactory completion of the required tests and submission of
required test reports.

International Building Code 1703.3

Approved record. For any material, appliance, equipment,
system or method of construction that has been
approved, a record of such approval, including the conditions
and limitations of the approval, shall be kept on file in the building
official’s office and shall be open to public inspection at
appropriate times.

International Building Code 1703.4

Performance. Specific information consisting of test
reports conducted by an approved testing agency in accordance
with standards referenced in Chapter 35, or other such information
as necessary, shall be provided for the building official to
determine that the material meets the applicable code requirements.

Research and investigation. Sufficient technical
data shall be submitted to the building official to substantiate
the proposed use of any material or assembly. If it is
determined that the evidence submitted is satisfactory proof
of performance for the use intended, the building official
shall approve the use of the material or assembly subject to
the requirements of this code. The costs, reports and investigations
required under these provisions shall be paid by the
permit applicant.

Research reports. Supporting data, where necessary
to assist in the approval of materials or assemblies not
specifically provided for in this code, shall consist of valid
research reports from approved sources.

International Building Code 1703.4.1

Research and investigation. Sufficient technical
data shall be submitted to the building official to substantiate
the proposed use of any material or assembly. If it is
determined that the evidence submitted is satisfactory proof
of performance for the use intended, the building official
shall approve the use of the material or assembly subject to
the requirements of this code. The costs, reports and investigations
required under these provisions shall be paid by the
permit applicant.

International Building Code 1703.4.2

Research reports. Supporting data, where necessary
to assist in the approval of materials or assemblies not
specifically provided for in this code, shall consist of valid
research reports from approved sources.

International Building Code 1703.5

Labeling. Where materials or assemblies are required
by this code to be labeled, such materials and assemblies shall
be labeled by an approved agency in accordance with Section
1703. Products and materials required to be labeled shall be
labeled in accordance with the procedures set forth in Sections
1703.5.1 through 1703.5.3.

Testing. An approved agency shall test a representative
sample of the product or material being labeled to the
relevant standard or standards. The approved agency shall
maintain a record of the tests performed. The record shall
provide sufficient detail to verify compliance with the test
standard.

Inspection and identification. The approved
agency shall periodically perform an inspection, which
shall be in-plant if necessary, of the product or material that
is to be labeled. The inspection shall verify that the labeled
product or material is representative of the product or material
tested.

Label information. The label shall contain the
manufacturer’s or distributor’s identification, model number,
serial number or definitive information describing the
product or material’s performance characteristics and
approved agency’s identification.

International Building Code 1703.5.1

Testing. An approved agency shall test a representative
sample of the product or material being labeled to the
relevant standard or standards. The approved agency shall
maintain a record of the tests performed. The record shall
provide sufficient detail to verify compliance with the test
standard.

International Building Code 1703.5.2

Inspection and identification. The approved
agency shall periodically perform an inspection, which
shall be in-plant if necessary, of the product or material that
is to be labeled. The inspection shall verify that the labeled
product or material is representative of the product or material
tested.

International Building Code 1703.5.3

Label information. The label shall contain the
manufacturer’s or distributor’s identification, model number,
serial number or definitive information describing the
product or material’s performance characteristics and
approved agency’s identification.

International Building Code 1703.6

Heretofore approved materials. The use of any material
already fabricated or of any construction already erected,
which conformed to requirements or approvals heretofore in
effect, shall be permitted to continue, if not detrimental to life,
health or safety to the public.

International Building Code 1703.7

Evaluation and follow-up inspection services. Where
structural components or other items regulated by this code are
not visible for inspection after completion of a prefabricated
assembly, the permit applicant shall submit a report of each
prefabricated assembly. The report shall indicate the complete
details of the assembly, including a description of the assembly
and its components, the basis upon which the assembly is being
evaluated, test results and similar information and other data as
necessary for the building official to determine conformance to
this code. Such a report shall be approved by the building official.

Follow-up inspection. The permit applicant shall
provide for special inspections of fabricated items in accordance
with Section 1704.2.

Test and inspection records. Copies of necessary
test and inspection records shall be filed with the building
official.

International Building Code 1703.7.1

Follow-up inspection. The permit applicant shall
provide for special inspections of fabricated items in accordance
with Section 1704.2.

International Building Code 1703.7.2

Test and inspection records. Copies of necessary
test and inspection records shall be filed with the building
official.