Building Codes


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. 


2020 ND State Building Code Book

2022 Code Enforcing Jurisdictions

Code Amendment Submittal


For information about the State Building Code or to submit a Code Amendment, please contact Bruce Hagen at (701) 328-5371.

Building Codes Proposed Amendments Voting Meeting:

On September 7th at 8:00 AM CST at The ND Department of Commerce, 1600 East Century Ave., Suite 6, Bismarck, ND, a Voting Meeting of proposed building code amendments will be held for the participating jurisdictions and organizations.

The purpose of the meeting will be to vote on the proposed amendments from the public and Building Code Advisory Committee, 2021 International Building Code, 2021 International Residential Code, 2021 International Mechanical Code, 2021 International Fuel Gas Code, 2021 International Energy Conservation Code, 2021 International Existing Building Code, and the prior amendments to those codes. These amendments will become part of the updated North Dakota State Building Code effective January 1st, 2023.

These code amendments and the State Building Code Advisory Committee recommendations can be viewed at

Voting is reserved for those jurisdictions that enforce the State Building Code. In the case of Home Rule cities, those that adopt and enforce the same codes contained in the State Building Code.  Jurisdictions must first be identified if they are eligible cities and counties.

To determine eligibility and to be able to cast votes, we request each eligible town, city, or county that wishes to participate in the voting process to please do one of the following before the meeting:

  1. If you have adopted or would like to adopt the North Dakota State Building Code and be able to vote and are not listed on the attachment, please send a copy of your local ordinance or zoning law that indicates the adoption of the North Dakota State Building Code. For fully  chartered Home Rule cities, send in your local ordinance or zoning law that shows the adoption of the State Building Code, or the six International Codes that make up the State Building Code. Include the name of the person that will be representing your jurisdiction at the meeting. Include an address, telephone number, and, if possible, an email address.
  2. If your jurisdiction is on the list and plans continuance of adoption of the State Building Code, send the name of the representative that will be voting at the September 7th meeting.  Include an address, telephone number and if possible, an email address.  Also check the information listed for your jurisdiction to verify its accuracy or submit the appropriate changes.

Please send this information no later than the close of business on August 24th, 2022 to or mail the information to:

Bruce Hagen
North Dakota Dept. of Commerce
1600 E. Century Avenue, Suite 6
P.O. Box 2057
Bismarck. ND 58503

For more information, please contact me at (701) 328-5371 or email at You can also find more information on the ND Secretary of State Public Notices website.