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What is the difference of the 1997 Universal Building Code book and the 2003 International Building Code book and the International Residential Code 2003: For One-And Two-Family Dwellings? I believe that our county uses the UBC for permiting and our city uses the IRC for permiting and licensing. I'm confused. :(

Does anyone recommend anything in regard to code books? Just buy the code book and study it? I have seen other books such as the Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the International Building Code, what do you recommend? Code books for dummies? :D

I also see the Building Construction Illustrated by Ching highly recommended, any thoughts?
 

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The difference? LOL some areas use boca and some don't. Boca prety much rules my region... anyways I'm sure there are subtle differences. Subtle enough that gc's, subs, and inspectors have to buy the revisions!

My recomendation is to ask your local building depts what codes they follow, and learn those codes.
 
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