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Codes

In order to interpret the code requirements for a particular jurisdiction, it’s crucial to know which codes have been adopted.  Most states adopt a model building code, with or without state-specific modifications.  This information can often be located by doing an online search – for example, Massachusetts State Building Code or New York City Fire Code.

The International Code Council’s website provides links to information about ICC code adoptions for US states and also some other countries, AND…ICCsafe.org now has a publicACCESS page where you can click on a state to read the ICC codes that have been adopted!  You can even use the search feature in your browser (try Ctrl-F) to search the codes!

In some cases these publications include the state modifications and for some states those modifications are in a separate document (usually available on the state’s website), so check to make sure you’ve got all of the information for your project’s jurisdiction.

Click the map image or this link to access the ICC publicACCESS page.

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There is another great resource for finding model code and state code information, as well as requirements from the referenced standards.  The site is called UpCodes, and offers a basic level of free access, as well as a monthly or annual subscription.  I’m working with the site developers to see if there’s a way I can use UpCodes to help with the support that I offer to the readers of iDH, but until then, check out this video about how UpCodes works…