The design concepts of post frame construction are simple and offer flexibility, which makes it popular among architects, engineers and building designers.
Post frame construction is also economical, easy to construct, code compliant and they offer excellent high wind and seismic loading conditions.
How to use this Construction Guide.
To help applicants, our Building Department has developed this Construction Guide with the cooperation of the International Code Council and APA—The Engineered Wood Association to make the proposed design and construction of a post frame construction (a.k.a., pole barn) easy and understandable.
We ask that you simply fill in the blanks on all pages and indicate which construction detail will be utilized.
Once completed, please attach all pages to your application for a Building Permit.
Building Permits are not typically required when the structure has a building area less than 1,000 square feet and is accessory to (not attached to) a single-family dwelling.
Some agricultural buildings maybe exempt from the requirement to obtain a Building Permit. The Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code does not generally require permits for certain agricultural buildings and for residential detached accessory building less than 1000-sq. ft. in size.
With this in mind, our Department advises any person proposing to perform post frame construction to utilize this guide in order to build a safe and code compliant structure regardless if a Permit is required or not
Lastly, the exemption to obtain a Building Permit does not grant an agricultural building the right to violate any local Zoning Laws.
Please contact the Code Enforcement Officer to ascertain the applicable zoning regulations and obtain a Certificate of Zoning Compliance, which will document your compliance with applicable zoning regulations, prior to the start of work.
Note: If electrical work is installed in an agricultural building, an inspection of the electrical service may be required by the power company. Such inspection will ensure that your electrical work was installed in compliance with the National Electrical Code (NEC) that will provide you a sense of surety that your building is safe not only for you, your family, and crops and livestock but also for emergency response agencies.
- FOOTER INSPECTION: A footer inspection is required after post holes have been dug or trenches cut and any required reinforcement steel is in place.
- STRUCTURAL FRAMING INSPECTION: When all structural framing is completed and prior to placement of insulation and any covering of walls takes place. The framing inspection is not complete until any electrical, plumbing, and mechanical rough-in inspections are completed
- ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, MECHANICAL INSPECTIONS: A rough-in inspection must be conducted prior to covering any of these building components with insulation or wall coverings. A final inspection of these items will be done during the Final Inspection process.
- FINAL INSPECTION: This inspection is made after the building is completed and any electrical, plumbing, energy, mechanical, and sanitary inspections are verified.
- CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY: A CO will only be issued after an acceptable Final Inspection and when the construction site has been cleared of all debris and construction waste and equipment.