Ohio Building Code

Ohio Building Code, Permit and License Information

Updated 5/24/2021

Ohio Building Code Agency

Ohio Department of Commerce
Board of Building Standards
6606 Tussing Road
Reynoldsburg, OH  43068-9009
Phone: (614) 644-2223

What Ohio Construction Codes and Editions Are Adopted:

  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2018 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • 2017 National Electric Code (NEC)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 compliance required by Ohio Dept. of Health for some Health Care Facilities

Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

Ohio Building Code Compliance Division performs plan reviews and on-site inspections for those commercial building projects not under the jurisdiction of a certified local building department and all State universities. Enforcement (Plan review & inspection) is also provided for industrial units (i.e. modular buildings). Enforcement of the Residential Code is limited to the local building departments. The Ohio Board of Building Standards certifies county, township and municipal building departments to enforce the State codes.

State inspectors exist for Industrial Units and plumbing, electrical and structural systems on projects not covered by certified local building departments.

See additional Statewide List of Building Codes here.

State Website https://ohio.gov/
State Licensing The state of Ohio requires 30 hours of continuing education courses before renewal of residential and commercial personnel certification within a three-year period. These include building officials, electrical inspectors, plans examiners, and building inspectors.
State Building Code The State of Ohio has adopted the Ohio Building Code (in reference to the 2015 International Building Code, IBC), the Ohio Residential Code, in reference to the 2015 International Residential Code, IRC), the Ohio Plumbing Code (in reference to the 2015 International Plumbing Code, IPC), the Ohio Mechanical Code (in reference to the 2015 International Mechanical Code, IMC), and the 2017 National Electrical code (NFPA 70).
State Licensing Division https://www.com.ohio.gov/dico/OCILB.aspx
State Fire Marshall https://www.com.ohio.gov/fire/
State Environmental Permit https://www.epa.state.oh.us/
Ohio Building Code by County
Ohio 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
2015 IBC
Residential Code
2009 IRC
Fire Code
2015 IFC
Electric Code
2017 NEC
Mechanical Code
2015 IMC
Plumbing Code
2015 IPC
Private Sewage Disposal Code
Not Adopted
Fuel and Gas Code
2015 IFGC
Green Construction Code
Not Adopted
Energy Conservation Code
2009 & 2012
2009 & 2012 IECC
Property Maintenance Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
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
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Fire Life Safety Code

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