Pennsylvania Building Code

Pennsylvania Building Code, Permit and Licensing Information

Updated: 5/23/21

Pennsylvania Building Code Agency:

Department of Labor & Industry
Bureau of Industrial Safety
1723 Labor & Industry Building
651 Boas Street
Harrisburg, PA 17121
(717) 783-6304

Email: info@dli.state.pa.us

Website: https://www.dli.pa.gov/ucc/pages/default.aspx

Pennsylvania Construction Code and Edition Adopted:

The following codes are adopted statewide with the exception of the City of Philadelphia and Allegheny County which adopt custom codes.

  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2015 International Existing Building code (IEBC)
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
  • 2014 National Electric Code (NEC)
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1-2013
  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)

Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

The state adopts by law the IBC and all codes referenced by the IBC except for Property Maintenance. Local jurisdictions can amend the state code to be more restrictive, but these ordinances can be appealed to the Secretary of Labor & Industry, who then holds a hearing and determines whether the local amendment will be allowed. The codes are updated following the issuance of new editions of the ICC codes every three years. The Review & Advisory Council (RAC) reviews the changes from the previous edition, takes input from interested parties and recommends whether any change should not be included in the updated codes adopted by the state. The updated codes are then adopted through the regulatory process.

State Website https://www.state.pa.us
State Licensing Specialty contractor licensing may be required but general contractor licensing is not required by the State of Pennsylvania. Local jurisdictions may also require licensing.
State Building Code The State of Pennsylvania has adopted the 2015 International Building Code (IBC), the 2015 International Residence Code (IRC), the 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC), the 2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC), the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC), and the 2015 International Urban Wildland Interface Code (IUWIC).
State Licensing Division  https://www.dos.state.pa.us/bpoa/bpoa.html

https://www.dgs.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/department_of_general_services/1230

State Fire Marshall  https://www.osfc.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_fire_commissioner_home/4462
State Environmental Permit https://www.dep.state.pa.us/
Pennsylvania Building Code by County
Pennsylvania Construction Code by County

Additional Building Codes by State

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Type
Code Title
Code Adopted
Technical Bases
Applicability
Building
Building Code
2009
2009 IBC
Building
Residential Code
2009
2009 IRC
Fire
Fire Code
2009
2009 IFC
Electrical
Electric Code
2014
2014 NEC
Mechanical
Mechanical Code
2009
2009 IMC
Plumbing
Plumbing Code
2009
2009 IPC
Plumbing
Private Sewage Disposal Code
Not Adopted
Fire
Fuel and Gas Code
2009
2009 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
2009
2009 IEBC
Plumbing
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
Not Adopted
Accessibility
Accessibility Code
Fire
Wildfire/Wildlife Urban Interface Code
2009
2009 IWUIC
Zoning
Zoning Code
Not Adopted
Fire
Fire Life Safety Code

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