State Building Code

The 2015 International Building Code adopted on July 1, 2016 as the State Building Code and enforced by the Division of Construction Management (DCM) includes the following:

Companion Codes

Date of Adoption

  • 2015 International Existing Building Code
  • July 1, 2016
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code
  • July 1, 2016
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code
  • July 1, 2016
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code
  • July 1, 2016
  • 2015 International Fire Code
  • July 1, 2016
  • 2014 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)
  • July 1, 2016
  • 2013 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72)
  • July 1, 2016
  • 2014 ICC/NSSA-500 Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters
  • July 1, 2016
  • ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2013 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential
  • July 1, 2016
  • 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
  • April 18, 2011
    The requirements of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design supersede the accessibility requirements contained in the International Building Code and ANSI A117.1.

The codes and standards may be viewed and/or purchased from various sources online including https://codes.iccsafe.org/search/map. The State Building Code is limited to any construction on state-owned property, all public and private schools including kindergarten through twelfth grades (K-12) and post-secondary education, hotels/motels and movie theaters. Municipal and county-owned projects must meet ADA Standards. DCM does not have jurisdiction over residential property or commercial property except for hotels/motels and movie theaters. Contact the AL Dept. of Economic and Community Affairs at 334-242-5290 as well as city or county building departments concerning codes for residential and most commercial property. Where there is no local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), the default code enforcement is by the State Fire Marshal.