Community Services is assigned the responsibility of updating and amending the North Dakota State Building Code. Community Services is not involved in the enforcement of the State Building Code. This is the responsibility of jurisdictions that elect to adopt and enforce building codes.
If a city, county, or township elects to adopt and enforce building codes, it must adopt and enforce the State Building Code. However, a jurisdiction is permitted to further amend the State Building Code to conform to local needs. Fully chartered home rule cities may adopt something other than the State Building Code, but at the present time, all that enforce a building code have elected to adopt the same individual codes that make up the State Building Code.
The North Dakota Legislative Assembly has mandated that the state building code consist of the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), International Mechanical Code (IMC), and International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC). These are nationally recognized codes published by the International Code Council and updated nationally every three years. On Sept. 5, 2019 eligible cities and counties, along with eligible members of the Building Code Advisory Committee, adopted the 2018 updates to the IBC, IRC, IMC, and IFGC and the proposed amendments. The 2018 versions of the International Energy Conservation Code and the International Existing Building Code and proposed amendments to these codes were also adopted. The new North Dakota State Building Code went into effect Jan. 1, 2020.
For information about the State Building Code or to submit a Code Amendment, please contact Bruce Hagen at (701) 328-5371.
Notice to Update and Amend the State Building Code
The North Dakota legislative assembly has mandated that the state building code consist of the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), International Mechanical Code (IMC), and International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC). These are nationally recognized codes published by the International Code Council and updated nationally every three years. The North Dakota Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services (DCS) is announcing its intentions to review and consider amendments to the newly published updates to the 2021 IBC, 2021 IRC, 2021 IMC, 2021 IFGC, 2021 IECC, and 2021 IEBC. The 2022 Building Code Adoption Schedule is posted below.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services along with the ND State Building Code Advisory Committee met on May 4th to consider amendments to the 2021 ICC codes that will be adopted for use in the ND State Building Code. The amendments and the scorecard of the committee’s recommendations are posted below under additional information. If you are having issues opening them, please download them to your computer and then open them.
There will be a public hearing on the amendments held on July 12th at the Department of Commerce starting at 8:00 AM central. Please feel free to attend and provide comments on the proposed amendments. Written comments can be provided by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing them to:
1401 College Dr. N
Devils Lake, ND 58301
2022 Building Code Adoption Schedule
Americans with Disabilities
As the lead state agency in North Dakota for Title II (Public Services) and Title III (Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities) of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), training and technical assistance is provided to both public and private agencies to assist them in complying with the various provisions of the act.