Building Codes

February 10, 2020


The Texas statutes, administrative rules, and local ordinances occasionally adopt, incorporate, or refer to technical codes published by independent organizations. These codes describe scientific and safety standards for structures and discuss specifications for fire safety, electrical systems, plumbing fixtures, construction practices, and many other topics.

The State Law Library frequently receives questions related to these codes. To assist in answering those questions, our librarians have endeavored to compile all of the codes that have been adopted or incorporated by reference in the Texas statutes and in the Texas Administrative Code.

When possible, we link to the codes if they are available online. Unfortunately, some years and editions are not made freely available by their publishers. For these, you may need to consult with your local public library or your city clerk's office.

If you have questions or would like more information about the building codes please don't hesitate to Ask a Librarian!

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