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.
Effective January 1, 2017 the North Dakota State Building Code consists of the 2015 International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Mechanical Code, International Fuel Gas Code, and International Energy Conservation Code along with state amendments to these five codes. The amendments were first reviewed by the Building Code Advisory Committee and recommendations were developed by the Committee for each proposed amendment. On September 7-8, 2016, eligible cities and counties, along with eligible members of the Building Code Advisory Committee, voted on each recommendation.
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.