Building and Fire Code Adoption Process

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The Department of Administrative Services is announcing its intent to adopt new State Building, State Fire Safety and State Fire Prevention Codes.  The agency will accept comments from the public for a period of forty-five (45) days, beginning January 2, 2018 through the close of business February 16, 2018.   See “What’s Next” for details and key dates for the entire legislative approval process. 


Adoption Process for the 2018 State Building and Fire Safety Codes:

The State Building Inspector, State Fire Marshal and the Codes and Standards Committee announced on December 29, 2016 intent to adopt the 2018 State Building and Fire Safety Codes based on the 2015 editions of the International Code Council (ICC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) documents.  

Technical review of these codes is being conducted by the Committee’s Codes Amendment Subcommittee (CAS) along with DAS staff.  This review began January 2017 and was completed with the Codes and Standards Committee’s approval for DAS to move both codes the legislative approval process at its November 8, 2017 meeting.

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Proposed Codes:

2015 International Building Code
2015 International Existing Building Code
2015 International Energy Conservation Code
2015 International Mechanical Code
2015 International Plumbing Code
2015 International Residential Code
2015 International Fire Code
2015 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code
2017 NFPA 70 National Electrical Code
2009 ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities

The Process:

Workgroups made up of CAS members and DAS staff, have been established to review specific portions of the proposed codes for changes from the current code and to update the current amendment documents.  

Each of these workgroups will provide a report of their review, identify issues that require additional discussion or research, and present their amendment document changes. The schedule of these reports can be found in the CAS meeting schedule under "what's next". 

Code Change Proposals:

Code Change Proposals for the current review cycle were received during an open period from January 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017, and are now being reviewed by the Codes Amendment Subcommittee and its workgroups.   

The following document contains the proposals received during the open period:

Public Comments and Responses:

The draft Building, Fire Safety and Fire Prevention Codes were published for public comment on January 2, 2018. A public hearing was held on January 24, 2018. Comments were accepted through February 16, 2018. Here are all the comments received in tabulated format: