State building code reference list
Building codes are established by the city jurisdictions in Arizona. Contact the cities directly for their code information.
Arkansas codes are mandatory statewide minimums (unless otherwise noted). Local jurisdictions may amend the codes only to make them more stringent.
California has adopted statewide, mandatory codes based on ICBO’s uniform codes. Local jurisdictions may only amend the California Building Code to make it more stringent because of unique local climatic, geological or topographical conditions. All local amendments must be filed with the California Building Standards Commission.
Colorado does not have state building codes for commercial construction; codes are adopted at the local level. For more information about statewide codes and enforcement issues, visitdola.colorado.gov
The International Code Council has agreed to publish Connecticut-specific editions of the international and residential codes that incorporate the language of the Connecticut Supplement into the base document. This eliminates the need for concurrent use of the Connecticut Supplement for these two codes. Available from:
International Code Council, Inc.
4051 West Flossmoor Road
Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795
Telephone: (888) 422-7233
Building codes are adopted by the counties in Delaware.
Florida has a statewide building code; under certain strictly defined conditions, local governments may amend requirements to be more stringent than the code.
Several mandatory codes include Standard Building Code (International Building Code), National Electrical Code and International Fire Code.www.dca.state.ga.us/development/ConstructionCodes/index.asp
Hawaii has very minimal statewide building codes. Codes are adopted and enforced by each specific county.
A comprehensive directory of building codes and officials for many Illinois cities can be purchased from Interstate Publishing.
Indiana has adopted mandatory, statewide building codes. Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent regulations only with the approval of the Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission.
Iowa has adopted a new state building code, referencing the 2006 International Building Code.
Only the Kansas Fire Prevention Code is mandatory statewide. Local jurisdictions may amend the fire code to make it more stringent.
Kentucky has adopted statewide, mandatory building codes. Local jurisdictions may not amend the state code.
Maine’s codes are statewide, minimum standards. Local jurisdictions may amend them only to make them more stringent.
Massachusetts’ building codes are mandatory for all buildings statewide. Local jurisdictions may amend the codes only with state approval.
Local jurisdictions are required to adopt either the state code or another nationally-recognized model code. If no local code is adopted, the state codes are enforced.
Minnesota has adopted a statewide, mandatory building code, the Minnesota State Building Code. Local jurisdictions may only adopt the state code. Only the fire code can be locally amended with more stringent provisions.
The state of Mississippi does not have a statewide building code. Building code adoption and enforcement are primarily the responsibility of local jurisdictions.
Building codes in Missouri are adopted and enforced at the local level.
Montana updates its codes every three years.
The State Fire Marshall’s Office publishes official interpretations of Nebraska’s fire codes. Building codes are enforced by the local jurisdiction.
Local jurisdictions may amend the codes to make them more stringent or adopt more stringent codes.
New Hampshire’s building codes are mandatory minimums for all buildings unless otherwise indicated.
For code assistance at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, please call (609) 984-7609
New Mexico’s building codes are mandatory minimum standards for all buildings.
New York’s codes are mandatory minimum requirements throughout the state, except in New York City. Local jurisdictions may amend the code with more stringent provisions only with the approval of the NY State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council.
The North Carolina Building Inspectors Association publishes amendments and interpretations online free of charge. North Carolina adopts the model code every three years. State amendments are adopted every three years.
Ohio has adopted a statewide, mandatory code, the Ohio Building Code (OBC).
Oregon has adopted a statewide building code (Oregon Specialty Code) that applies to all buildings in the state. The Oregon Specialty Code cannot be amended locally without state approval.
Pennsylvania has a statewide building code, the Uniform Construction Code (UCC), which will be administered and enforced locally and at the state level.
For more information about statewide codes and enforcement issues, visit sos.ri.gov/library/
Enforcement and interpretation of each of the codes (building, mechanical, electrical, etc.) is the responsibility of the local governments.
For more information about statewide codes and enforcement issues, visit dps.sd.gov/
Utah’s building codes are mandatory statewide. Local jurisdictions may amend them but only with state approval.
Vermont’s codes apply as a mandatory minimum to all public buildings in Vermont.
For more information about statewide codes and enforcement issues, visit www.dhcd.virginia.gov
Washington has adopted a statewide building code, State Building Code (SBC). The building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire codes are mandatory minimum codes for all jurisdictions. Washington updates its codes every three years.
West Virginia has adopted statewide, mandatory codes.
Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent regulations, except where indicated.
Local jurisdictions can amend the codes to make them more stringent. Wyoming updates its code every three years immediately following the publication of the model code.