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Building Codes Overview

Cities, counties, and the state have been granted the authority to adopt and implement building codes. The purpose of a building code is to establish construction and safety minimums that benefit the public and preserve the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens.

State Building Code

The state building code applies to the following:

  • Buildings and structures owned by the state or the state’s agency
  • Cities or counties that have adopted the state building code by ordinance
  • Newly constructed buildings and structures paid for in whole or in part with state-appropriated funds but not owned by the state
  • Cities with more than 15,000 people, which have not adopted a local building code that conforms with nationally recognized building code standards
  • Manufacture and installation of factory-built structures
  • Thermal efficiency standards for all new construction with enclosed space that is heated or cooled. Exemptions may be granted if the standards prove impractical. 
  • Lighting efficiency standards for all new construction, as well as the new and replacement lighting in existing buildings
  • Energy conservation requirements for all new construction commenced on or after July 1, 2008
  • Accessibility standards for persons with disabilities in buildings and facilities used by the public 
  • Minimum plumbing facilities in places of assembly for public use

If a city or county chooses to enact the state code, a certified copy of the ordinance must be filed with the Office of the State Building Code Commissioner once the ...