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 the IAPMO does not provide free access to their publications.

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)

The IAPMO does not provide free access to their publications.

Uniform Mechanical Code, adopted by Texas Occupations Code § 1302.101

Uniform Plumbing Code, adopted by Texas Occupations Code § 1301.255 and 22 Texas Administrative Code § 367.1

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, adopted by Texas Local Government Code § 214.216 and 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

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

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

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

International Fuel Gas Code, adopted by 22 Texas Administrative Code § 367.1 and 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

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

International Plumbing Code, adopted by Texas Occupations Code § 1301.255, 22 Texas Administrative Code § 367.1, and 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, adopted by Texas Local Government Code § 214.212 and § 233.153, Texas Health & Safety Code § 388.003, Texas Insurance Code § 2210.251, 22 Texas Administrative Code § 367.1, 10 Texas Administrative Code § 80.26, and 16 Texas Administrative Code § 70.100

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