Building Codes

June 9, 2014

The Texas statutesadministrative regulations, and local ordinances often adopt or incorporate building codes published by independent organizations which describe building standards and discuss specifications for fire safety, electrical systems, plumbing fixtures, and other topics. These codes are not reprinted in the law but instead are adopted or incorporated by reference only. Some codes are available online, but others are not. Printed editions of adopted codes are generally available in the city clerk’s office and at many public libraries.

Our building codes page provides links to where a building code has been adopted in the statutes and administrative code. It is noted if the publisher has made this information available free online. You can view the information by publishing organization or by topic. Please contact your local government for information about local ordinances and keep in mind that local governments may make amendments to the published versions of codes.

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