Building Codes

The Texas statutes, administrative rules, and local ordinances occasionally adopt, incorporate, or refer to technical codes published by independent organizations. These codes describe scientific and safety standards for structures and discuss specifications for fire safety, electrical systems, plumbing fixtures, construction practices, and many other topics. Below you will find links to some of the codes that have been adopted in the Texas statutes and in the Texas Administrative Code.

Please note that while a statute or administrative rule may adopt a specific edition of a code, the statute or rule may also permit a local government such as a municipality or a county to adopt updated editions of the code or to make amendments to the codes. Because of this, we will usually refer you to your local government officials for information about which specific codes are in effect. Larger cities may have a code enforcement department or a permitting department that could help.

Codes are not reprinted within the statutes or the local ordinances themselves. They are "adopted by reference" or "incorporated by reference" and are usually available to review at the city clerk's office and at some public libraries. Please contact your local public library or your local government for assistance accessing codes not available online.

For more information about the practice of "adopting by reference" or "incorporating by reference," see this explanation of "incorporation by reference" from the National Archives. Though the information on that page refers to the practice as used by the federal government, it serves as a good description of the practice itself.

The list of codes we provide on this page is not exhaustive. These are the "incorporations by reference" that we have been able to identify. If you would like additional assistance, please contact a reference librarian, but keep in mind that we cannot determine which codes apply to your specific situation nor can we advise you on how to proceed with a particular project.

The codes below are published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), the International Code Council (ICC), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Please note that these publishers allow only limited online access to their publications. In order to view NFPA publications, you must first set up a profile and agree to their licensing restrictions. To view IAPMO documents, you may need to install Adobe Flash Player.

Electrical, Fire, and Fuel Codes

Automotive and Marine Service Station Code (NFPA) — now the Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair GaragesNFPA 30A 1990* and 2012 editions adopted by 28 Texas Administrative Code § 34.5

Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code (NFPA), NFPA 30 1990* and 2012 editions adopted by 28 Texas Administrative Code § 34.5

International Fire Code (ICC), IFC** adopted by Texas Local Government Code § 233.062

International Fuel Gas Code (ICC), IFGC 2012 adopted by 22 Texas Administrative Code § 367.2, and IFGC 2015 adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

Life Safety Code (NFPA), NFPA 101 various editions** adopted by Texas Health & Safety Code § 242.039 and § 252.038, and NFPA 101 2015 edition adopted by 28 Texas Administrative Code § 34.303

Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code (NFPA), NFPA 58 2008 edition adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 9.401

National Electrical Code (NFPA), NFPA 70 various editions** adopted by Texas Local Government Code § 214.214, Texas Natural Resources Code § 91.019, Texas Occupations Code § 1202.151 and § 1305.101, 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100, and 16 Texas Administrative Code § 73.100

National Fuel Gas Code (NFPA), NFPA 54 2006 edition* adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 9.301

Uniform Fire Code (NFPA), NFPA 1** adopted by Texas Local Government Code § 233.062

* Some years and editions are not currently available for free online access through the publisher.

** Some of the adopting statutes do not specify a year or edition of a code, or the statutes may state that a code is adopted "as it existed on" a particular date. The statutes may also allow agencies and code enforcement authorities to adopt later editions, and those years or editions might not be available for free online access through the publisher.

Energy Conservation Codes

International Energy Conservation Code (ICC), IECC* adopted by Texas Health & Safety Code § 388.003, and IECC 2015 adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100 and 34 Texas Administrative Code § 19.32

* The statute states "as it existed on May 1, 2001;" however, the State Energy Conservation Office is allowed to adopt later editions. These years or editions might not be available for free online access through the publisher.

Mechanical Codes

International Mechanical Code (ICC), IMC* adopted by Texas Occupations Code § 1302.101, and IMC 2015 adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

Uniform Mechanical Code (IAPMO), UMC* adopted by Texas Occupations Code § 1302.101.

* Some of the adopting statutes do not specify a year or edition of a code, or the statutes may state that a code is adopted "as it existed on" a particular date. The statutes may also allow agencies and code enforcement authorities to adopt later editions, and those years or editions might not be available for free online access through the publisher.

Plumbing Codes

International Plumbing Code (ICC), IPC* adopted by Texas Occupations Code § 1301.255; IPC 2012 adopted by 22 Texas Administrative Code § 367.2; and IPC 2015 adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

Uniform Plumbing Code (IAPMO), UPC* adopted by Texas Occupations Code § 1301.255, and UPC 2012 adopted by 22 Texas Administrative Code § 367.2

* The statute states "as it existed on May 31, 2001;" however, the State Board of Plumbing Examiners is allowed to adopt later editions. These years or editions might not be available for free online access through the publisher.

Structural Codes

International Building Code (ICC), IBC 2003* adopted by Texas Local Government Code § 214.216, and IBC 2015 adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

International Existing Building Code (ICC), IEBC* adopted by Texas Occupations Code § 1202.1535, and IEBC 2015 adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings (ICC), IRC various editions* adopted by Texas Local Government Code § 214.212 and § 233.153, Texas Health & Safety Code § 388.003, Texas Insurance Code § 2210.251, and 10 Texas Administrative Code § 80.26; IRC 2012 adopted by 22 Texas Administrative Code § 367.2, and IRC 2015 adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

* Some of the adopting statutes do not specify a year or edition of a code, or the statutes may state that a code is adopted "as it existed on" a particular date. The statutes may also allow agencies and code enforcement authorities to adopt later editions, and those years or editions might not be available for free online access through the publisher.

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)

The IAPMO offers limited online access to some editions of their publications. To view the documents, you may need to install Adobe Flash Player.

Uniform Mechanical Code, UMC (no year or edition specified)* adopted by Texas Occupations Code § 1302.101.

Uniform Plumbing Code, UPC** adopted by Texas Occupations Code § 1301.255, and UPC 2012 adopted by 22 Texas Administrative Code § 367.2

* Some years and editions are not currently available for free online access through the publisher.

** The statute states "as it existed on May 31, 2001;" however, the State Board of Plumbing Examiners is allowed to adopt later editions. These years or editions might not be available for free online access through the publisher.

International Code Council (ICC)

The ICC was formed from the merger of the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI). References in the statutes to those groups now mean the ICC. See the complete list of ICC codes available online here.

International Building Code, IBC 2003* adopted by Texas Local Government Code § 214.216, and IBC 2015 adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

International Energy Conservation Code, IECC* adopted by Texas Health & Safety Code § 388.003, and IECC 2015 adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100 and 34 Texas Administrative Code § 19.32

International Existing Building Code, IEBC* adopted by Texas Occupations Code § 1202.1535, and IEBC 2015 adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

International Fire Code, IFC* adopted by Texas Local Government Code § 233.062

International Fuel Gas Code, IFGC 2012 adopted by 22 Texas Administrative Code § 367.2, and IFGC 2015 adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

International Mechanical Code, IMC* adopted by Texas Occupations Code § 1302.101, and IMC 2015 adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

International Plumbing Code, IPC* adopted by Texas Occupations Code § 1301.255; IPC 2012 adopted by 22 Texas Administrative Code § 367.2; and IPC 2015 adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, IRC various editions* adopted by Texas Local Government Code § 214.212 and § 233.153, Texas Health & Safety Code § 388.003, Texas Insurance Code § 2210.251, and 10 Texas Administrative Code § 80.26; IRC 2012 adopted by 22 Texas Administrative Code § 367.2, and IRC 2015 adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

* Some of the adopting statutes do not specify a year or edition of a code, or the statutes may state that a code is adopted "as it existed on" a particular date. The statutes may also allow agencies and code enforcement authorities to adopt later editions, and those years or editions might not be available for free online access through the publisher.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

The NFPA allows limited online access to their publications. In order to view them, you must first set up a profile and agree to their licensing restrictions.

Automotive and Marine Service Station Code — now the Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair GaragesNFPA 30A 1990* and 2012 editions adopted by 28 Texas Administrative Code § 34.5

Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code, NFPA 30 1990* and 2012 editions adopted by 28 Texas Administrative Code § 34.5

Life Safety Code, NFPA 101 various editions** adopted by Texas Health & Safety Code § 242.039 and § 252.038, and NFPA 101 2015 edition adopted by 28 Texas Administrative Code § 34.303

Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, NFPA 58 2008 edition adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 9.401

National Electrical Code, NFPA 70 various editions** adopted by Texas Local Government Code § 214.214, Texas Natural Resources Code § 91.019, Texas Occupations Code § 1202.151 and § 1305.101, 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100, and 16 Texas Administrative Code § 73.100

National Fuel Gas Code, NFPA 54 2006 edition* adopted by 16 Texas Administrative Code § 9.301

Uniform Fire Code, NFPA 1** adopted by Texas Local Government Code § 233.062

* Some years and editions are not currently available for free online access through the publisher.

** Some of the adopting statutes do not specify a year or edition of a code, or the statutes may state that a code is adopted "as it existed on" a particular date. The statutes may also allow agencies and code enforcement authorities to adopt later editions, and those years or editions might not be available for free online access through the publisher.

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