Building Codes

All of our house plans are designed to meet or exceed the International Residential Code (IRC). The IRC is a comprehensive, stand-alone residential code that creates minimum regulations for residential homes. It brings together all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, energy and electrical provisions and is recognized as the industry standard. The IRC has supplanted all the former Building Codes including the BOCA, SBCCI and CABO codes. Only the UBC Building Code still exists in several locations but all plans also meet the general criteria of UBC.

Some states counties, and municipalities have not adopted the IRC and have their own codes, zoning requirements, and building regulations. The 20 states that have adopted the IRC have typically made very few changes. Modifications may be necessary to meet local building codes most notably for areas subject to earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and heavy snow. Some states and certain cities may require a seal from the architect or engineer. Where required, these are readily obtained locally for a fee. Nevada is an exception where plans must be provided by a Nevada Registered Professional.

You should consult your local builder, architect, engineer or other construction professional as soon as you receive your plan. We cannot be responsible for the advice or assistance you receive from them or for methods that they use. It is the responsibility of the owner and contractor to meet all local codes.

The following link offers additional information about building codes:
  • ICBO - The International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) has been the leading source of building and related construction codes for more than 75 years. Our association prides itself on providing excellent products and services to ensure the public's safety.

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