Time to increase residential hangar size limits

The International Building Code (IBC) currently limits the size of residential hangars to 2,000 square feet and requires them to be on the same lot with a one- or two-family home. And since IBC is used “as a base code standard” in most of the United States, it is the defacto code of the land when it comes to non-commercial hangars.

For context, the original 40-foot-wide by 30-foot-deep hangar my parents built at Shady Acres Airpark, where I grew up, was 1,200 square feet. When I returned from college for Christmas break one year I walked into the hangar and was surprised to see they had added another 40 feet to its depth. The enlarged hangar was 40 foot wide by 70 foot deep and 2,800 square feet. 

Before the addition, our Robertson B1-RD (which hung from the rafters), the Piper J-3 Cub, and the Cessna 172 Hawk XP enjoyed the cozy confines of that original footprint. Our Beech Baron was relegated to the front yard. After the addition, all four, with very precise parking, fit inside. There wasn’t a lot of extra room, but they were all under cover.

Since the hangar addition happened in the late 1980s or early 1990s, I’d hazard a guess this was done before residential hangars were a thing in the IBC or Mom and Dad received a local variance that is now long-ago grandfathered.

The IBC is updated every three years. This year — 2021 — is the next update.

Ron Heidebrink is the developer and manager of the Myrtle Beach Hardee Airpark (SC21) in South Carolina. He’s dedicated a tremendous amount of time and effort to see the limits of a residential hangar increase to 5,000 square feet.

In Ron’s case, he’d also like to offer residential hangars without the need to co-locate with a home. His airpark is about 10 miles inland from Myrtle Beach and there are many airplane owners in the area who would like to have a residential hangar near by. SC21 may be unique on that particular topic, but having that flexibility would benefit airparks around the country.

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