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Please note that the library cannot help determine which codes apply to your specific project.

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

The publishers of the codes make some editions available for free online — often with some restrictions — but note that it may not always be possible to find an online version of the code as it existed on the date specified by law. 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.


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.

Local Government Code
Chapter 233. County Regulation of Housing and Other Structures
Sec. 233.062 Application and Content of Fire Code

Section 233.062 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 Code Council's 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. Environmental Quality
Chapter 217. Design Criteria for Domestic Wastewater Systems
Rule §217.326 Electrical and Fire Code Compliance

Rule 217.326 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 NFPA 1.

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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