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onchuk_3374.jpgThe 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. 

The North Dakota legislative assembly has mandated that the state building code consist of the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), InternationalMechanical 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 2018 IBC, 2018 IRC, 2018 IMC, and the 2018 IFGC. Energy conservation standards must be included in the state building code.

Building Codes Proposed Amendments Voting Meeting:
On September 5th at 8:00 AM CST at The Great River Energy Building, 1611 East Century Ave., Bismarck, ND, a Voting Meeting of proposed building code amendments will be held for the participating jurisdictions and organizations.
The purpose of the meeting will be to vote on the proposed amendments from the public and Building Code Advisory Committee, 2018 International Building Code, 2018 International Residential Code, 2018 International Mechanical Code, 2018 International Fuel Gas Code, 2018 International Existing Building Code, and the prior amendments to those codes. These amendments will become part of the updated North Dakota State Building Code effective January 1st, 2020.
These code amendments and the State Building Code Advisory Committee recommendations can be viewed at www.NDBuildingCodes.com.
Voting is reserved for those jurisdictions that enforce the State Building Code. In the case of Home Rule cities, those that adopt and enforce the same codes contained in the State Building Code.  Jurisdictions must first be identified if they are eligible cities and counties.
To determine eligibility and to be able to cast votes, we request each eligible town, city, or county that wishes to participate in the voting process to please do one of the following before the meeting:
1. If you have adopted or would like to adopt the North Dakota State Building Code and be able to vote and are not listed on the 2019 Code Enforcing Jurisdictions link below, please send a copy of your local ordinance or zoning law that indicates the adoption of the North Dakota State Building Code. For fully chartered Home Rule cities, send in your local ordinance or zoning law that shows the adoption of the State Building Code, or the six International Codes that make up the State Building Code.

2. If your jurisdiction is on the list and plans continuance of adoption of the State Building Code, send the name of the representative that will be voting at the September 5th meeting. Include an address, telephone number, and, if possible, an email address.  Also check the information listed for your jurisdiction to verify its accuracy or submit the appropriate changes.
Please send this information no later than the close of business on August 28th, 2019 to:

Bruce Hagen
North Dakota Dept. of Commerce
1600 E. Century Avenue, Suite 2
P.O. Box 2057
Bismarck. ND 58502-2057

2019 Code Adoption

2019 Amendment scorecard
ND Building Code Advisory Comittee Agenda
IBC Amendments
IEBC Amendments
IECC Amendments
IFGC Amendments
IMC Amendments
IRC Amendments


2019 ND State Building Code Adoption Schedule
File Size: 130 kb

2017 ND State Building Code
File Size: 877 kb

2019 Code Enforcing Jurisdictions
File Size: 49 kb

2014 State Building Code
File Size: 868 kb

Code Amendment Submittal (SFN50180)
File Size: 114 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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