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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 419.909 adopts the most recent local fire code or the most recent fire code adopted by the fire marshal for any fire safety inspection required by a state or local law, rule, regulation, or ordinance.

The State Fire Marshal then adopts NFPA 1-2015 Fire Code and NFPA Life Safety Code 101-2015 in Rule 34.303 of Title 28 of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 34. This rule contains certain exceptions to its application.

Texas Local Government Code Chapter 233 (County Regulation of Housing and Other Structures), section 233.062 (Application and Content of Fire Code) permits counties with populations of 250,000 or more or that are adjacent to counties with populations of 250,000 to adopt a fire code. This code must be consistent with the requirements of the International Fire Code as it existed on May 1, 2005, or the Uniform Fire Code as it existed on May 1, 2005.

Under this law, a county may choose between the Uniform Fire Code and the International Fire Code. For the correct version of the code for your county, please contact your local government officials.

Texas Administrative Code Title 30, Chapter 217 (Design Criteria for Domestic Wastewater Systems), Rule 217.326 (Electrical and Fire Code Compliance) states that the facilities must comply with local fire codes. In the absence of a local fire code, the rule adopts the most recent edition of the Uniform Fire Code:

The wastewater treatment facility and collection system must conform to local fire codes. If the wastewater treatment facility is located in an area that does not have a local fire code, the wastewater treatment facility and collection system must comply with the most recent edition of National Fire Protection Association 1 Fire Code® at the time of installation.

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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