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    Default Walls near chimney

    I am building a closet in our office to make it a bedroom. The chimney runs through the room. While the bricks are only warm to the touch after hours of a raging fire, I suspect there are some regulations about how close I can build a wall to the chimney.

    Is there a gap that must exist between the chimney and the new closet wall? Are there any firestop materials that must be used on the side of the wall closest to the chimney?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Walls near chimney

    I believe that you will need a permit for such a wall. Contact your building department and ask them.

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    Default Re: Walls near chimney

    The wall is not load bearing so a permit is not necessary in this case.

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    Default Re: Walls near chimney

    Generally cumbustible materials should be kept 1" away from a masonry chimney you describe. Assuming their is fireblocking at the floor & ceiling, no additional fireblocking is required. I am on the east coast, so what so. cal. regulations say about the subject are beyond me. It never hurts to check with the building depaqrtment.

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    Default Re: Walls near chimney

    just because you're not moving a load bearing wall doesn't mean that you don't need a building permit.

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    Default Re: Walls near chimney

    Thanks ed21, that is exactly what I was looking for. I sort of assumed that just by using common sense but didn't know if there was any "best practice" things that I should know before getting started.


    After reviewing the codes in NC, it states that a permit is required for:

    Construction, additions, remodeling, repairs, replacements, upgrades or any project over $5,000

    Accessory structures such as detached garages, sheds larger than 12 feet, platforms, green houses, etc.

    Any project that involves structural support changes (roof or floor), load bearing walls, screened porches, decks, and balcony projects

    Mechanical permit for replacing a hot water heater, duct running, ventilation, etc.

    Plumbing permit for running lines or replacing shower and/or bath tub enclosures

    Electrical permit for building projects that require electrical wiring such as installing ceiling fans, electrical outlets and overhead lighting

    Landscape Irrigation system installation

    Retaining walls that stand over four feet in height

    Interior and exterior fire place and fire place inserts

    Sky Lights

    Re-roofing, if third layer of shingles

    Exterior Siding
    None of this criteria fits the job that I am doing.

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