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Codes are standards or procedures devised by private organizations that are adopted into law by state or local governments. Building codes standardize practices to ensure structures are physically safe and structurally sound. They provide predictable, consistent minimum standards for the building industry to follow and state and local government to enforce.

A code is not enforceable unless adopted by a state or local government, meaning several areas in the U.S., particularly rural areas, are not covered by a code. However, even in unincorporated rural areas, codes may be required by a mortgage company or the insurers of the building.

Codes have been developed for residential, property maintenance, fire, electrical, plumbing, for building foundations and structure, among others.  In addition, codes are continuously revised, meaning the standards for a code produced in 2000 may or may not be found in the revised code of 2010.

Governments may adopt certain codes (such as fire or plumbing) but not others (such as electrical), or they may adopt the residential code of 2000 but not the revised code of 2010. A government must identify the exact code and version (year) for their jurisdiction. A government may design their own code as well.


International Code Council (ICC)

The ICC is the foremost national organization that develops the various building codes.  The ICC was formed in 1994 through the merger of the three major code organizations in the U.S., who came together to devise a set of codes applicable nationwide.  Codes are developed through a process of volunteer experts that make recommendations on building standardization for the entire ICC organization to either agree or reject.  Through this thorough vetting process codes are developed that reflect the current industry standards for the various aspects of construction.

The table below identifies state adoption of the International Building Code, International Property Maintenance Code and the International Residential Code, along with links to the state law.



State International Building Code International Property Maintenance Code International Residential Code
Alabama Alabama Building Commission Admin. Code 170-X-2-.01    
Alaska Alaska Admin. Code tit. 13 §50.050    
Arizona Ariz. Admin. Code R4-34-102; Ariz. Admin. Code R9-1-412 Ariz. Admin Code R9-1-412 Ariz. Admin. Code R4-34-102
Arkansas      
California      
Colorado 7 Colo. Code Regs. 1101-7:1-6
8 Colo. Code Regs. 1302-8: SCHEDULE B
8 Colo. Code Regs. 1302-12: SCHEDULE B
8 Colo. Code Regs. 1302-11: SCHEDULE B
  7 Colo. Regs. 1101-1:1-6
8 Colo. Code Regs. 1302-8: Schedule B
8 Colo. Code Regs. 1302-12: Schedule B
8 Colo. Code REgs. 1302-11: Schedule B
Connecticut Conn. Agencies Regs. § 29-252-1d Conn. Agencies Regs. § 29-252-1d Conn. Agencies Regs. §29-252-1d
Delaware      
Florida Fla. Stat. Ann. § 553.73   Fla. Stat. Ann. §553.73
Georgia Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 110-11-1-.19
Ga. Code Ann., §8-20-2
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 110-11-1-.19
Ga. Code Ann., §8-2-20
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 110-11-1-.19
Ga.  Code Ann. §8-2-20
Hawaii Haw. Admin. Rules (HAR) § 3-180-4   Haw. Admin. Rules (HAR) § 3-180-7
Idaho Idaho Code Ann. § 39-4109
Idaho Code Ann. § 39-4116
  Idaho Code Ann. §39-4109
Idaho Code Ann. §36-4116
Illinois Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 180.60 Ill. Admin. Code tit.  23, §180.60  
Indiana 675 Ind. Admin. Code 13-2.5-1   675 Ind. Admin. Code 14-4.3-1
Iowa Iowa Admin. Code 661--301.3(103A)   Iowa Admin. Code 664-301.8(103A)
Kansas    
Kentucky 815 Ky. Admin. Regs. 7:120   815 Ky. Admin. Regs. 7:125
Louisiana La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §40.1722; La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §40:1730.28   La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §40:1730.28
Maine 16-642-1 Me. Code R. § 7   16-642-1 Me. Code R. § 7
Maryland M.D. Code Ann., Public Safety §12-503    
Massachusetts 780 Mass. Code Regs. 3401.1    
Michigan      
Minnesota Minn. R. 1341.0005
Minn. R. §1305.0011
Minn. R. §1305.0021 Minn. R. §1305.0021
Mississippi      
Missouri      
Montana Mont. Admin. R. 24.301.131   Mont. Admin. R. 24.301.154
Nebraska Neb. Rev. St. § 71-6403   Neb. Rev. St. §71-6403
Nevada      
New Hampshire N.H. Rev. Stat. §155-A:1   N.H. Rev. Stat. §155-A:1
New Jersey N. J. Admin. Code §5:23-3.14   N.J. Admin. Code §5:23-3.14
New Mexico N.M. Admin. Code 14.7.2.8   N.M. Admin. Code 14.7.3.8
New York N.Y. Comp. Codes. R. & Regs. Tit. 19, §1221.1 N.Y. Comp. Codes. R. & Regs. tit. 19 §1226.1 N.Y. Comp. Codes. R. & Regs. tit. 19 §1220.1
North Carolina N.C. Gen. Stat. §143-138   N.C. Gen. Stat. §143-138
North Dakota      
Ohio Ohio Admin. Code 4101:1-1-01 §101    
Oklahoma Okla. Admin. Code §310:451-1-3
Okla. Admin. Code §265:25-1-3
Okla. Admin. Code §265:25-1-3 Okla. Admin. Code § 748.20:5-1
Oregon Or. Admin. R. 918-460-0010   Or. Admin.R. 918-480-0005
Pennsylvania 34 Pa. Code § 403.21 (except Chp. 1 and 2 and Appx. E and H)   34 Pa. Code § 403.21
Rhode Island SBC-1 Rhode Island State Building Code SBC-1 Rhode Island State Building Code SBC-1 Rhode Island State Building Code
South Carolina S.C. Code Ann. §6-9-50   S.C. Code Ann. §6-9-50
South Dakota S.D. Admin. R. 61:15:02:03--:04
S.D. Admin R. 61:15:01:01
S.D. Codified Laws § 11-10-5
S.D. Admin. R. 20:18:25:01
   
Tennessee      
Texas Tex. Local Gov't Code Ann. § 214.216   Tex. Local Gov't Code Ann. § 214.212
Tex. Admin Code tit. 34, § 19.51
Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann. § 388.003
Utah Utah Code Ann. § 214.216   Utah Code Ann. § 15A-2-103
Vermont Vt. Admin. Code 17-3-1:2    
Virginia 13 Va. Admin. Code 5-63-10, 13
Va. Admin. Code 4-91-160
13 Va. Admin. Code 5-63-10 13 Va. Admin. Code 5-63-10
13 Va. Admin. Code 5-91-160
Washington Wash. Admin. Code 51-50-003
Wash. Admin. Code 388-97-3520
Wash. Admin Code 51-50-1715
  Wash. Admin. Code 51-51-003
West Virginia W. Va. Code R. §87-4-4 W. Va. R. §87-4-4 W. Va. Code R. § 87-4-4
Wisconsin Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 318.1004    
Wyoming WY Rules and Regulations FIRE CFP Ch. 1 s 2 WY Rules and Regulations FIRE CFP CH. 1 s 2 WY Rules and Regulations FIRE CFP Ch. 1 s 2
District of Columbia (DC) D.C. Mun. Regs. Tit. 12 § T. 12, Regs & Annos D.C. Mun. Regs. TIt. 12, § T. 12, Refs & Annos D.C. Mun. Regs. Tit. 12 § T. 12, Regs and Annos
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