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The North Dakota Division of Community Services (DCS) is assigned the responsibility of updating and amending the North Dakota State Building Code. The DCS is not involved in the enforcement of the State Building Code. This is the responsibility of jurisdictions that elect to adopt and enforce building codes.

If a city, county, or township elects to adopt and enforce building codes, it must adopt and enforce the State Building Code. However, a jurisdiction is permitted to further amend the State Building Code to conform to local needs. Fully chartered Home Rule Cities may adopt something other than the State Building Code, but at the present time, all that enforce a building code have elected to adopt the same individual codes that make up the State Building Code. 


The North Dakota legislative assembly has mandated that the state building code consist of the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), International Mechanical Code (IMC), and International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC). These are nationally recognized codes published by the International Code Council and updated nationally every three years. On September 5th, 2019 eligible cities and counties, along with eligible members of the Building Code Advisory Committee, adopted the 2018 updates to the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), International Mechanical Code (IMC), and International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) and the proposed amendments. The 2018 versions of the International Energy Conservation Code and the International Existing Building Code and proposed amendments to these codes were also adopted. The new North Dakota State Building Code will go into effect January 1st, 2020.


Notice to Update and Amend the State Building Code - March 2022

The North Dakota legislative assembly has mandated that the state building code consist of the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), International Mechanical Code (IMC), and International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC). These are nationally recognized codes published by the International Code Council and updated nationally every three years. The North Dakota Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services (DCS) is announcing its intentions to review and consider amendments to the newly published updates to the 2021 IBC, 2021 IRC, 2021 IMC, 2021 IFGC, 2021 IECC, and 2021 IEBC. The 2022 Building Code Adoption Schedule is posted below.

The Code Amendment Submittal Form (SFN 50180) and directions for completing the form are posted on this website. Proposed amendments to these four codes to be considered for adoption at the May 4th meeting should be submitted per the directions by 5:00 p.m. of April 25th, 2022 to DCS. The address is on the submittal form. Amendments submitted after that will be considered at the public hearing on July 12th.

2022 Building Code Adoption Schedule

 
2022 IRC Amendments
File Size: 22640 kb

2022 IBC Amendments
File Size: 10120 kb

2022 IEBC Amendments
File Size: 4120 kb

2022 IECC Amendments
File Size: 3731 kb

2022 IFGC Amendments
File Size: 6525 kb

2022 IMC Amendments
File Size: 4884 kb

2020 ND State Building Code Book
File Size: 1706 kb

2022 Code Enforcing Jurisdictions
File Size: 109 kb

Code Amendment Submittal (SFN50180)
File Size: 117 kb

For information about the State Building Code or to submit a Code Amendment, please contact Bruce Hagen 
at (701) 390-4806.
 
Energy Conservation Practices in Residential Construction
Energy Efficiency-Related Practices Executive Summary
File Size: 254 kb

Energy Efficiency-Related Practices Report
File Size: 1358 kb


Related Links
International Code Council 

North Dakota State Electrical Board 

North Dakota State Plumbing Board 

North Dakota Building Officials Association 

American Council of Engineering Companies  

NFPA Codes and Standards 
 
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