Building Codes and Construction Recommendations

Building Codes and Construction Recommendations


Building Codes and Construction Recommendations

Non Commercial

For Non Commercial construction, Fremont County has no general zoning or building codes, except the following:

  • In those areas within FEMA designated flood hazard zones around Lander, Riverton, Dubois and Hudson.
  • The Incorporated Cities within the County have specific Zoning and Building Codes.
  • South Pass City has Historic Zoning for building appearance.
  • The Wind River Reservation is Zoned Residential/Agricultural. Reservation Zoning is administered by the Intertribal Business Council (307) 332-6625.
  • Fremont County requires a permit for all small wastewater systems (septic systems) that generate less than 2,000 gallons per day.

The areas regulated by the Fremont County Floodplain Zoning Regulations can be found at our office in Lander, or may be found on the Fremont County Website under Mapserver. A copy of the Floodplain Zoning Regulations is also available online or in our office.

South Pass Zoning Regulations are available in the Fremont County Planning Office.

Fremont County Small Wastewater Regulations can be found on the County website or in our office. Due to significant changes in soil conditions around the County, it is recommended that a pre-permit conference be scheduled with our Small Wastewater Specialist prior to purchase of property in the County, or any development thoughts.

Commercial

Within the County, the State Fire Marshalls Office in Cheyenne is responsible for all permitting and review of: All buildings or structures owned or leased by the state or local governmental entities; Public buildings over five thousand (5,000) square feet of total floor area including basement; Multistory public buildings; Buildings intended for use as child care centers housing more than ten (10) children; Public bars, public lounges, restaurants, night clubs, lodge halls, theaters, churches or public meeting places regardless of size; Public and private aboveground fuel dispensing facilities.

The State Fire Marshalls Office uses the following Construction Standards and Guidelines:

  • The International Building Code, 2018 Edition, promulgated by the International Code Council.
  • The International Existing Building Code, 2018 Edition, promulgated by the International Code Council.
  • The International Fire Code, 2018 Edition, promulgated by the International Code Council, including, Appendix D, Appendix E, Appendix F and Appendix G.
  • The International Mechanical Code, 2018 Edition, promulgated by the International Code Council.
  • The International Fuel Gas Code, 2018 Edition, promulgated by the International Code Council.

For all construction meeting the above requirements, the State Fire Marshalls Office should be contacted. The current Wyoming State Fire Marshall is:

J. Michael Reed
Ph: (307) 777-7288

Other Permits

  • The Wyoming DEQ is responsible for all permitting and oversight of any Commercial Wastewater system generating high strength wastewater or residential wastewater greater than 2,000 gal per day and any Water Supply system. For details contact:


James Brough
Northwest District Engineer
Ph: 307-335-6961

  • Any wells that would be proposed to supply water to any facilities, personal or commercial, must be permitted through the State Engineers Office.


Minimum Engineering Recommendations for Snow Loads, Wind Speed and Frost Depth within Fremont County:

City of Lander and lower elevations around Lander:

  • Roof Snow Load – 40 psf
  • Ground Snow Load – 57 psf
  • Wind – 115 mph
  • Frost Depth – 42 in

City of Riverton and adjacent elevations:

  • Ground Snow Load – 30 psf
  • Seismic – Exposure B minimum
  • Wind – 90 mph nominal - 115 mph ultimate
  • Frost Depth – 30 in

Town of Dubois:
Dubois has no specific snow loads in their building codes as snow loads vary significantly by location and elevation. They refer questions on snow depth and wind speeds to either the U.S. Forest Service, Firewise at (307) 455-2466 or the Natural Resources Conservation Service at (307) 455-2388.

  • Many local contractors use a roof snow load of 60 psf in town.  Note:  Jackson snow loads are 130 – 175 psf as elevation increases (See www.tetonwyo.org).
  • Frost Depth within the city limits is 66 in
  • Frost Depth increases with increasing elevation