If your doing a search here that's very cool, but again I would suggest you speak in person to a local in charge type. And if and when you do be careful. They may say things like we advise this or that. That's code for it's not in the book (the law) but we think it should be the law.
BOCA is a code that is written by lobbyist in DC. It is then adopted (or not) by cities, states and counties.
Some local inspectors try and enforce BOCA codes even though they have not been adopted locally. That happens a lot here locally.
Sorry to say it's a thin line but if you are sharp in your dealings with the code masters (lol) plumbing, electrical, fire dept, etc, you'll do fine. But if you write down a list of your questions and go sit down with them and make very careful notes on their answers you'll be way ahead of the game. If you don't understand the answer ask again and again until you know in your mind that your 100% sure of the answer. Then read their code books to make sure they are selling you the straight dope. Always remember their job is not to help you get into this business, but to make sure you do it right. Your job is to open your doors but in a legal way that is in compliance with the rules and regulations. And I'm not telling you to try and cheat your way thru this process, just that you need to know the code as well as they do. And if you don't they will put you thru a ton of hoops that are costly and time consuming.
Don't think after reading this it isn't worth it it is but you can't go into this business without having your act together.
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