§48-5.   Approval
A.         Modifications. Whenever there are practical difficulties involved in carrying out the provisions of this
Code, the Code official shall have the authority to grant modifications for individual cases, provided the
Code official shall first find that special individual reason makes the strict letter of this Code impractical
and the modification is in compliance with the intent and purpose of this Code and that such modification
does not lessen health, life and fire safety requirements. The details of action granting modifications shall
be recorded and entered in the department files.
Alternative materials, methods and equipment. The provisions of this Code are not intended to prevent
the installation of any material or to prohibit any method of construction not specifically prescribed by
this Code, provided that any such alternative has been approved. An alternative material or method of
construction shall be approved where the Code official finds that the proposed design is satisfactory and
complies with the intent of the provisions of this Code, and that the material, method or work offered is,
for the purpose intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed in this Code in quality, strength,
effectiveness, fire resistance, durability and safety. 
Required testing. Whenever there is insufficient evidence of compliance with the provisions of this Code,
or evidence that a material or method does not conform to the requirements of this Code, or in order to
substantiate claims for alternative materials or methods, the Code official shall have the authority to
require tests to be made as evidence of compliance at no expense to the jurisdiction. 
Test methods. Test methods shall be as specified in this Code or by other recognized test
standards. In the absence of recognized and accepted test methods, the Code official shall be
permitted to approve appropriate testing procedures performed by an approved agency. 
Test reports. Reports of tests shall be retained by the code official for the period required for retention of
public records. 
Material and equipment reuse. Materials, equipment and devices shall not be reused unless such elements
are in good repair or have been reconditioned and tested when necessary, placed in good and proper
working condition and approved.