South Dakota Building Code

South Dakota Building Code, Permit and Licensing Information

Updated: 5/22/21

South Dakota Building Code Agency:

South Dakota Department of Public Safety – State Fire Marshal

State Electrical Commission
308 S. Pierre St.
Pierre, SD 57501
(800) 233-7765

Which South Dakota Building Code and Editions Are Adopted?

  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2015 International Fire Code
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2017 National Electric Code

IBC, IFC: Approved for local adoption; IMC for state school construction; No Statewide Energy Code Adopted

Applicability (statewide, local, limited): LIMITED

Plan review, enforcement, inspection is limited to school facilities, day care facilities and group family day care homes. There are no statewide Commercial Energy codes. Building & energy codes for other types of buildings are enforced at the local level only. If the local unit of government adopts any ordinance prescribing standards for new construction, the ordinance must use the 2012 edition of the IBC. Codes for one- and two-family dwellings (Residential Code) are handled at the local level.

South Dakota is one of the few states in which all electrical wiring installations must be inspected by a state electrical inspector. Seventeen state inspectors (as of October 2019) cover seventeen different districts, both commercial and residential. South Dakota is another state likely to adopt the NEC-2020 this year based on a three-year code cycle.  State inspectors exist for projects under the jurisdiction of the state.

Additional Building Codes by State

State Website
State Licensing General Contractor Licensing is not required.
State Building Codes South Dakota building code has limited exemptions permitting unlicensed persons to prepare plans for
residences, farm buildings and other structures of limited square footage based on occupancy, it
is clear that public policy in our state, and indeed all states, mandate that structures of significant
size or complexity and for specific public use, must be designed by licensed design
State Environmental Permit
South Dakota Building Code with counties
South Dakota Building Code with Counties

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
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Fire Code
2015 IFC
Electric Code
2017 NEC
Mechanical Code
2015 IMC
Plumbing Code
Not Adopted
Private Sewage Disposal Code
Not Adopted
Fuel and Gas Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Green Construction Code
Not Adopted
Energy Conservation Code
2009 IECC
Property Maintenance Code
2015 IPMC
Existing Buildings Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
Not Adopted
Accessibility Code
Wildfire/Wildlife Urban Interface Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Zoning Code
Not Adopted
Fire Life Safety Code

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