What laws apply to construction, and what are the load design criteria?

Construction must conform to standards adopted the City of New Smyrna Beach and the State of Florida.
These include:

  • 2014 Florida Building Code
  • 2014 Florida Residential Code
  • 2014 Florida Mechanical Code
  • 2014 Florida Plumbing Code
  • 2014 Florida Gas Code
  • 2014 Florida Fire Prevention Code
  • 2008 National Electrical Code
  • City of New Smyrna Beach Code of Ordinances
  • City of New Smyrna Beach Comprehensive Plan
  • All State and Federal regulations
What are the load design criteria?

Wind load:

  • Category I (Accessory structures):130 mph. Wind exposure is site specific
  • Category II (Most residential commercial and industrial buildings):140 mph wind exposure on beachside and on the mainland between Riverside Drive and the railroad tracks to the west and between Smith and 10th streets to the south.
  • 130 mph wind exposure on the remaining mainland.
  • Category III (Theaters, lecture halls, healthcare facilities and similar assembly uses) 150 mph. Wind exposure is site specific.
  • Category IV (Hospitals, police stations, fire stations, emergency communication centers and similar facilities) 150 mph. Wind exposure is site specific.
  • Wind borne debris area (Windows and doors require protection): 140 mph and over wind exposure
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Assumed soil bearing: 2000 psf (Note: If the assumed soil bearing exceeds 2000 psf, the actual soil bearing must be verified by a State licensed engineer or architect.

Frost depth: 12 inches

Setbacks: Per City of New Smyrna Beach Land Development Regulations.