Hawaii Building Code

Hawaii Building Code, Permit and Licensing Information

Updated 5/21/21

Current State Codes and Edition Adopted:

What is the Current Hawaii Building Code?

  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (Homerule)
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2017 National Electrical Code

Notes: The state of Hawaii passed a rule that as of July 2018, the state had to adopt the most recent edition of the model codes, including the NEC, within one year of publication. The four Hawaii counties — Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii – Big Island — have two years in which to adopt locally.

A home rule state is one where codes are adopted and enforced at the local level. Some home rule states will have a mandate that jurisdictions can go above code but also have to meet a certain minimum code. In general terms, the idea of home rule is defined as the ability of a local government to act and make policy in all areas that have not been designated to be of statewide interest through general law, state constitutional provisions, or initiatives and referenda.

 The agency has the authority to adopt any code(s) statewide. However, the Statute names the minimum codes to be adopted within 24 months of their publication. The state code is based on the IBC, IRC, IECC, UPC and the fire code as adopted by the State Fire Council. The four county jurisdictions have 2 years following the state adoption to adopt and amend the State Code with local amendments.  If the county jurisdictions do not comply within the 2-year timeline, then the State Code becomes the county’s code until such time the county passes an adopting ordinance.   

State Code Agency:

Hawaii State Building Code Council – Adopts any code(s) except a fire code:
State Building Official
Gaur Johnson, Chairman,
Hawaii State Building Code Council
Dept. of Accounting & General Services
1151 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

State Website https://www.state.hi.us
State Licensing License required for electrical, plumbing, pesticide, manufactured housing, landscape architecture and asbestos removal.  No state license is required for general contracting.
State Building Code  


State Licensing Division https://www.state.hi.us/dcca/pvl
State Fire Marshal https://www1.honolulu.gov/hfd/statefirecouncil.htm
State Environmental Permit https://hawaii.gov/health/environmental/oeqc/index.html
Hawaii Building Code by County
Hawaii Construction 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

Code Title
Code Adopted
Technical Bases
Building Code
2006 IBC
Residential Code
2006 IRC
Fire Code
Not Adopted
Electric Code
2014 NEC
Mechanical Code
Not Adopted
Plumbing Code
Not Adopted
Private Sewage Disposal Code
Not Adopted
Fuel and Gas Code
Not Adopted
Green Construction Code
Not Adopted
Energy Conservation Code
2015 IECC
Property Maintenance Code
Not Adopted
Existing Buildings Code
Not Adopted
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
Not Adopted
Accessibility Code
Wildfire/Wildlife Urban Interface Code
Not Adopted
Zoning Code
Not Adopted
Fire Life Safety Code

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