Pennsylvania Building Code

Pennsylvania Building Code, Permit and Licensing Information

Updated: Jan. 19, 2023

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: [email protected]


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.

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
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 Licensing Division
State Fire Marshall
State Environmental Permit
Pennsylvania Building Code by County
Pennsylvania 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

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