Georgia Building Code

Georgia Building Code, Permit and Licensing Information

Updated: 2/10/2020

Georgia Building Code Agency:

Georgia Codes Advisory Board
Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329-2231
(404) 679-4840
https://www.dca.ga.gov/local-government-assistance/construction-codes-industrialized-buildings/construction-codes

What are the Current Adopted Georgia Building Codes?

  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2018 International Fire Code
  • 2020 National Electric Code (NEC)
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code

The following are considered permissive codes and can be adopted by cities and counties.

    • 2018 International Existing Building Code
    • 2018 International Property Maintenance Code
    • 2008 National Green Building Standard

Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

State code must be enforced in local jurisdictions.

Notes: Georgia building code covering all building construction is statewide mandatory.  Enforcement of the code is up to local jurisdiction.

Additional Building Codes By State

State Website https://www.georgia.gov
State Licensing General Contractor does not require a State License. Contractor licensing is required for Air Conditioning, Electrical and Plumbing trades.
State Building Code The State of Georgia as adopted the GA State Minimum Standard Building Code (in reference to 2018 IBC), the GA State Minimum Code One and Two Family Dwellings Code (in reference to 2018 IRC), the GA State Minimum Standard Mechanical Code (in reference to 2018 IMC), the GA Minimum Standard Plumbing Code (in reference to 2018 IPC), and the GA Minimum Standard Electrical Code (in reference to 2020 , NEC).
State Licensing Division https://sos.georgia.gov/plb/construct/
State Fire Marshall https://www.inscomm.state.ga.us/FireMarshal/Home.aspx
State Environmental Permit https://health.state.ga.us/programs/envservices/index.asp
Georgia Building Code by County
Georgia Construciton Code by County

Additional Building Codes by State

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming


Type
Code Title
Code Adopted
Technical Bases
Applicability
Building
Building Code
2018 International Building Code (IBC) with Georgia Amendments (2014) (2015) (2017) (2018) - (Effective January 1, 2020)
2018 International Building Code (IBC)
Building
Residential Code
2018 International Residential Code, with Georgia Amendments (2014) (2015) (2017) - (Effective January 1, 2020)
2018 International Residential Code
Fire
Fire Code
2018 International Fire Code, no Georgia Amendments - (Effective January 1, 2020)
2018 International Fire Code (IFC)
Electrical
Electric Code
2017 National Electrical Code (NEC), no Georgia Amendments (Effective January 1, 2018).
2017 National Electrical Code (NEC)
Mechanical
Mechanical Code
2018 International Mechanical Code (IMC), with Georgia Amendments (Effective January 1, 2020)
2018 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
Plumbing
Plumbing Code
2018 International Plumbing Code (IPC), with Georgia Amendments - (Effective January 1, 2020)
2018 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
Plumbing
Private Sewage Disposal Code
Not Adopted
Fire
Fuel and Gas Code
2018 International Fuel and Gas Code (IFGC), with Georgia Amendments - (Effective January 1, 2020)
2018 International Fuel and Gas Code (IFGC)
Green
Green Construction Code
Not Adopted
Energy
Energy Conservation Code
2015
IECC, 2015 Edition, with Georgia Supplements and Amendments (2020) - (Effective January 1, 2020)
Building
Property Maintenance Code
2012
IPMC, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments - (Effective January 1, 2015)
Building
Existing Buildings Code
2015
IEBC, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments - (Effective January 1, 2015)
Plumbing
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
2018
ISPSC, 2018 Edition, with Georgia Amendments - (Effective January 1, 2020))
Accessibility
Accessibility Code
Fire
Wildfire/Wildlife Urban Interface Code
Not Adopted
Not Adopted
Zoning
Zoning Code
Not Adopted
Fire
Fire Life Safety Code
NFPA 101 Life Safety Code 2018 Edition with State Amendments (2013) - (Effective January 1, 2020)
2015 National Fire Protection Association 101 (NFPA)

Georgia State Fire Marshall Information

Fire Marshal's Office 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive West Tower, Suite 920 Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Website: https://www.oci.ga.gov/firemarshal/home.aspx
Email: engineering@sfm.ga.gov
Phone: 404-656-2064
Fax: 404-657-6971

Department of Community Affairs

60 Executive Park South, NE Atlanta, GA, 30329
Website: https://www.dca.state.ga.us/development/constructioncodes/programs/codes2.asp
Email: info@dca.ga.gov
Phone: (404)679-3118
Fax:


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