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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 Code Council's International Building Code as it existed on May 1, 2012, 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, 2012, 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 Code Council's 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.

Texas Administrative Code
Title 16. Economic Regulation
Chapter 70. Industrialized Housing and Buildings
Rule §70.100 Mandatory Building Codes

Rule 70.100 adopts the International Code Council's International Building Code, 2015 edition, 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 25. Health Services
Chapter 135. Ambulatory Surgical Centers
Rule §135.52 Construction Requirements for a New Ambulatory Surgical Center

In the absence of local building codes, Rule 135.52 (c) adopts the International Code Council's International Building Code, 2003 edition.

Texas Administrative Code
Title 28. Insurance
Chapter 5. Property and Casualty Insurance
Subchapter E. Texas Windstorm Insurance Association
Division 1. Plan of Operation

Texas Administrative Code Title 28, Chapter 5, Subchapter E, Division 1 requires specific structures to be compliant with the International Code Council's International Building Code in order to be eligible for catastrophe insurance. Please see the text of the rules in this Division for more details.

Texas Administrative Code
Title 25. Health Services
Chapter 117. End Stage Renal Disease Facilities
Rule §117.102 Construction Requirements for a New End Stage Renal Disease Facility

In the absence of local building codes, Rule 117.102 adopts the International Code Council's International Building Code, 2003 edition.

Texas Administrative Code
Title 25. Health Services
Chapter 131. Freestanding Emergency Medical Care Facilities
Rule §131.143 Construction Requirements for a New Facility

In the absence of local building codes, Rule 131.143 adopts the International Code Council's International Building Code, 2003 edition.

Texas Administrative Code
Title 25. Health Services
Chapter 133. Hospital Licensing
Rule §133.162 New Construction Requirements

In the absence of local building codes, Rule 133.162 adopts the International Code Council's International Building Code, 2003 edition.

Texas Administrative Code
Title 16. Economic Regulation
Chapter 70. Industrialized Housing and Buildings
Rule §70.100 Mandatory Building Codes

Occupations Code section 1202.1535 (Effect of Building Code Amendment) adopts the International Code Council's International Existing Building Code for industrialized buildings that have been altered after the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council adopts or amends a new code. See the text of the statute for details.

Rule 70.100 specifically adopts the International Code Council's International Existing Building Code, 2015 edition.

Texas Administrative Code
Title 37. Public Safety and Corrections
Part 9. Texas Commission on Jail Standards
Chapter 257. Construction Approval Rules
Rule §257.9 Laws Applicable

Rule 257.9 adopts the International Code Council's International Building Code in the absence of local or county building codes.

Texas Administrative Code
Title 26. Health and Human Services
Chapter 510. Private Psychiatric Hospitals and Crisis Stabilization Units
Rule §510.122 Physical Plant and Construction Requirements

In the absence of local building codes, Rule 510.122 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 Code Council's International Building Code.

Texas Administrative Code
Title 19. Education
Chapter 61. School Districts

For construction before November 1, 2021: In the absence of local codes, Rule 61.1036 states that the school district shall 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

For construction on or after November 1, 2021: In the absence of local codes, Rule 61.1040 (j) requires that projects reasonably comply with the International Code Council's International Building Code and Existing Building Code, as they existed on May 1, 2003.

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 Code Council's 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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