Elburn amends building codes

By on November 22, 2013

ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday passed an ordinance amending the village building and housing code, bringing it in line with the international building code for 2012.

Elburn Building Commissioner Tom Brennan said that the biggest change is that the village will no longer require water sprinklers in homes or townhouses.

Brennan said he is involved in a network of building commissioners from surrounding communities, such as Geneva, St. Charles and Batavia, and the members work to level the playing field in the area. Brennan told the board that, this way, developers are not able to play communities off of each other, or threaten to take their business elsewhere for a better deal or fewer restrictions.

“We all get on the same page,” he said.