Louisiana Building Code

Louisiana Building Code, Permit and Licensing Information

Updated: 6/8/21

What is Louisiana Building Code Current Edition?

  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
  • Louisiana State Plumbing Code
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), (Residential)
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), (Commercial Low-rise Residential)
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
  • 2015 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101
  • 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC)

Louisiana Building Code is called the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code (LSUCC).  It’s adoption of the NEC-2014 is mandatory for all construction, reconstruction, alterations to circuits, and additions to homes. No jurisdiction can adopt anything more or less stringent than what is adopted at the LSUCCC. The law requires that the state reviews, amends, and adopts the latest NEC within five years of publication. For example, 2017 NEC was published in 2016, and the state is required to adopt some form of it prior to August 2021.

Louisiana Building Code Agency

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal
8181 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA  70806
Contact Person: H. “Butch” Browning, Jr.
Phone: 1-800-256-5452

Notes:

State Website https://www.state.la.us
State Licensing Specialty contractor licensing may be required but general contractor licensing is not required by the State of Louisiana. Local jurisdictions may also require licensing.
State Building Code The State of Louisiana has a single statewide building code for design and construction of buildings under the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code – Building and Residential (in reference to 2012 International Building/ Residential Code, IBC/IRC).  Louisiana also adopted the Louisiana State Uniform Plumbing Code (in reference to 2012 International Plumbing Code, IPC), the Louisiana State Uniform Mechanical Code (in reference to 2012 International Mechanical Code, IMC), and the 2011 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70).

Louisiana requires contractor licencing and code official certification.

State Licensing Division https://www.lslbc.louisiana.gov/
State Fire Marshall https://sfm.dps.louisiana.gov/
State Environmental Permit https://www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/
Louisiana Building Code by County
Louisiana Construction Code by County

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Type
Code Title
Code Adopted
Technical Bases
Applicability
Building
Building Code
2015
2015 IBC
Building
Residential Code
2015
2015 IRC
Fire
Fire Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Electrical
Electric Code
2014
2014 NEC
Mechanical
Mechanical Code
2015
2015 IMC
Plumbing
Plumbing Code
2015
2015 IPC
Plumbing
Private Sewage Disposal Code
Not Adopted
Fire
Fuel and Gas Code
2015
2015 IFGC
Green
Green Construction Code
Not Adopted
Energy
Energy Conservation Code
2009
2009 IECC
Building
Property Maintenance Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Building
Existing Buildings Code
2015
2015 IEBC
Plumbing
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Accessibility
Accessibility Code
Fire
Wildfire/Wildlife Urban Interface Code
Not Adopted
Zoning
Zoning Code
Not Adopted
Fire
Fire Life Safety Code

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