Non-Residential Building Codes

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The codes adopted by law are published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), the International Code Council (ICC), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

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Section 214.216 of the Local Government Code adopts the International Building Code as it existed on May 1, 2003, as the municipal commercial building code for the state.

This law also allows a municipality to adopt local amendments to the code and to review and adopt any amendments made after May 1, 2003, by the International Code Council.

For the correct version of the code for your municipality, please contact your local government officials.

In larger cities, you can usually find this information on the city website. Otherwise you may need to contact your municipality in person or by phone. Each municipality is different so this could be a planning department, a code enforcement department, or some other permitting office.

Section 214.211 defines “commercial” as:

"Commercial" means a building for the use or occupation of people for:
   (A) a public purpose or economic gain; or
   (B) a residence if the building is a multifamily residence that is not defined as residential by this section.

HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE
CHAPTER 388. TEXAS BUILDING ENERGY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
Sec. 388.003. ADOPTION OF BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS.

Section 388.003 of the Health & Safety Code adopts the International Energy Conservation Code as it existed on May 1, 2001, as the energy code in the state for all commercial and industrial construction. But this law gives the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) the ability to adopt and substitute a later published edition.

As of November 1, 2016, the SECO has adopted the International Energy Conservation Code as it existed on May 1, 2015, as the state energy code for all commercial and industrial construction in Rule 19.53 of the Texas Administrative Code. See the 2015 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code.

Texas Administrative Code Title 16, Chapter 70 (Industrialized Housing and Buildings), Rule 70.100 (Mandatory Building Codes) adopts the International Building Code 2015 for industrialized and modular buildings:

(a) Effective August 1, 2017, all industrialized housing and buildings, modules, and modular components, shall be constructed in accordance with the codes referenced in subsection (c) - (j).
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(c) The International Building Code, 2015 edition, published by the International Code Council, is adopted as the Building Code of the Texas Industrialized Housing and Buildings Program.

Texas Administrative Code Title 40, Chapter 92 (Licensing Standards for Assisted Living Facilities), Rule 92.61 (Introduction and Application) requires that new construction of assisted living facility buildings and structures must comply with local codes. In the absence of local codes, the International Building Code 2000 edition or later applies. Please see the text of the rule for details.

Texas Administrative Code Title 28, Chapter 5 (Property and Casualty Insurance), Subchapter E (Texas Windstorm Insurance Association), Division 1 (Plan of Operation) requires specific structures to be compliant with the International Building Code in order to be eligible for catastrophe insurance. Please see the text of the rules in this Division for more details.

Occupations Code Chapter 1202 (Industrialized Buildings), Section 1202.1535 (Effect of Building Code Amendment) adopts the International Existing Building Code for industrialized buildings that have been altered after the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council adopts or amends a new code. Please read the text of the statute for more details. Texas Administrative Code Title 16, Chapter 70 (Industrialized Housing and Buildings), Rule 70.100 (Mandatory Building Codes) specifically adopts the 2015 edition.

In the absence of local building codes, Texas Administrative Code Title 25, Chapter 134 (Private Psychiatric Hospitals and Crisis Stabilization Units), Rule 134.122 (Physical Plant and Construction Requirements) requires that either the 1999 Uniform Building Code or the 1997 Standard Building Code be adhered to. Note: The Uniform Building Code and the Standard Building Code are regional legacy codes that have now been replaced by the International Building Code.

For construction before January 1, 2004: In the absence of local codes, Texas Administrative Code Title 19, Chapter 61 (School Districts), Rule 61.1033 (School Facilities Standards for Construction before January 1, 2004) states that the school district shall adopt and use the latest edition of either the Uniform Building Code or Standard (Southern) Building Code (and related fire, mechanical, and plumbing codes); and the National Electrical Code. Note: The Uniform Building Code and the Standard Building Code are regional legacy codes that have now been replaced by the International Building Code.

For construction on or after January 1, 2004: In the absence of local codes, Texas Administrative Code Title 19, Chapter 61 (School Districts), Rule 61.1036 (School Facilities Standards for Construction on or after January 1, 2004) requires that a school district adopt and use the building code and related fire, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, and energy conservation codes from the latest edition of the family of International Codes as published by the ICC; and the National Electrical Code as published by the NFPA. Alternately, they may adopt the building code and related fire, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, and energy conservation codes as adopted by a nearby municipality or county.

Local Government Code
Chapter 214. Municipal Regulation of Housing and Other Structures
Sec. 214.103. International Swimming Pool and Spa Code

Section 214.103 adopts the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code as it existed on May 1, 2019. This law also authorizes municipalities to adopt local amendments to the code.

Please note that this law states it applies “in a municipality that elects to regulate pools or spas,” so it is important to know if your municipality has elected to regulate pools or spas. Many larger cities publish their ordinances online.


Disclaimer: The library's list of adopted codes is not exhaustive. We include only the adoptions that the library has found relevant as building codes. State laws quoted on this page are not the official versions of the law. See the Texas Constitution and Statutes website.

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