General Administrative Rules (675 IAC 12)

  • 16 Jan 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 West Oak Street, Zionsville


General Administrative Rules (675 IAC 12)

A training seminar sponsored by the Indiana Association of Building Officials, Inc. a chapter of the International Code Council, Inc.

Date: January 16, 2020

  • Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.
  • Class will start at 9:00 a.m.
  • There will be 1-hour allotted for lunch (lunch will not be provided)
  • Class will conclude at 4:00 p.m.
Location:  Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 West Oak Street, Zionsville


Member $100, this fee will cover the instructor and materials

Non-member:  $125, this fee will cover the instructor and materials

Lunch will not be provided

*IABO has applied for funding through the Statewide Fire and Building Safety Education Fund (675 IAC 12-11).  Please DO NOT pay in advance as an invoice will be sent following the class.

This course consists of six contact hours and earns 0.6 ICC PPN CEU's.  PPN #1060-20298

Course Description:

The General Administrative Rules (GAR) is an essential "Rule" that all Building and Fire Officials use every day in performing their job duties.  This seminar will include an in-depth review of specific "rules" within the GAR, the statutory provisions related to the specific "rules" within the GAR, and statutory requirements that affect local building and fire officials  (i.e. what is an "official interpretation", when are local ordinances considered in "conflict with rules of the Commission", or is a local ordinance "more restrictive than rules of the Commission".  This seminar will include any statutory changes from the 2019 Legislative Session, if any, that may affect the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission.

This seminar will provide an in-depth examination of the following "Rules" within the General Administrative Rules: Rule 4 (Development and Application Rules); Rule 5 (Variances); Rule 6 (Design Releases); Rule 9 (State Fire Marshal: Permits); Rule 10 (Building Regulations of State Agencies and Political Subdivision); and Rule 13 (Conversion of Existing Buildings).

Participants are encouraged to bring a current copy of the General Administrative Rules, highlighter and a few Post-it flags to be used as "tabs".  If participants do not have a current copy of the General Administrative Rules, one may be downloaded from the following link:;/egislative/iac/iac_title?iact=675

Course Objectives

  • Provide a clear understanding of statutory requirements and their relationship to various "Rules" within the General Administrative Rules, including associated "history lines;
  • Provide the skills and working knowledge for practical application of the various "Rules" within the General Administrative Rules;
  • Understanding the variance process and the local building and fire officials' responsibility;
  • Identify what is and is NOT a change of occupancy;
  • Identify when construction is or is NOT exempt from a design release;
  • Identify what events are required to obtain permits from the State Fire Marshal;
  • Ability to determine if your local building code and/or fire prevention ordinances are in compliance with Statute as well as the Rules of Commission, and;
  • Ability to identify when a Class 2 structure may utilize "Rule 13" in the conversion to a Class 1 structure.

Presenter:  Shelly Wakefield, C.B.O.
Shelly has over 40 years experience with local unit of government level and state government as a building and fire official as an inspector, plan reviewer, and administrator of the various "Rules" of the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission.

Shelly developed a passion for the General Administrative Rules, while serving at the local unit of government,  and it continued during her tenure at the state level, as she found the GAR to be a valuable tool, where she could provide vital information to local owners, building/fire officials and contractors to facilitate the continued progress of construction in a positive manner.  This is where Shelly's passion for code education began while at the local level.  Shelly's passion for code education stems from the key important people who took the time to share their code knowledge, therefore Shelly's sharing of code knowledge is a "pay it forward" as a way to thank those who took the time to provide code education to Shelly.

Shelly retired from the State of Indiana in May of 2013 and joined the firm of Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz, Inc., Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors, where she is a Senior Plan Reviewer/Project Manager, performing building and fire code plan reviews for several local building departments.

Prior to retirement, Shelly was employed by the State of Indiana, Department of Homeland Security, Division of Fire and Building Safety, prior to the legislative change in 2005, Shelly was employed by the Indiana Department of Fire and Building Services, Indiana State Building Commissioner's Office.  During her tenure at the State, Shelly was Director of Fire and Building Code Enforcement, Director of Building Code Enforcement, Acting State Building Commissioner, Acting Director Plan Review and Manager of Code Adoption.

Prior to employment with the State, Shelly was employed by the City of Columbus/Bartholomew County Indiana from 1978-1993 as an Assistant Code Enforcement Officer (fancy words for Building and Zoning Inspector).

Shelly is a two-time Past President of IABO (2004-2005 and 1996-1997) and has served on a majority of IABO's committees.

Registration Deadline:

The registration deadline is January 9, 2020.  Registrations received after January 9 will not be guaranteed class materials at the time of class.

After registration is successfully submitted a confirmation email will be sent to the email address entered during registration.

Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be received in writing no later than January 9, 2020 to avoid penalty.  All late cancellations and no shows will be billed $50.  Faxed cancellations must be verified they were received.  It is the responsibility of the registrant to make the verification.  Emergencies will be dealt with on an individual basis.

Attendance Notice Regarding Certificates/Funding: 

Indiana Association of Building Officials is committed to complying with the requirements of the Division of Fire and Building Safety, as they administer the education fund.

As Indiana Association of Building Officials submits the request for funding on behalf of the membership, IABO will not submit an attendee’s name who does NOT attend the entire class; failure to attend the entire class renders that attendee ineligible for funding.

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