Texas Building Code

Texas Building Code, Permit & Licensing Information

Texas Building Code Agency:

Department of Licensing and Regulation
dTexas Department of Insurance – State Fire Marshal
Orlando Hernandez, State Fire Marshal
333 Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 539-5735
Fax: (512) 539-5736

What are the Current Adopted Texas Building Code and Editions:

Effective August 1, 2017, all industrialized housing and buildings, modules, and modular components shall comply with the following codes:

  • 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC), including appendices C, F, and K
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC), including appendices C, E, F, and G
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC), including appendices K, O, and P
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC) – for alterations of portable industrialized buildings
  • 2012 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 Code

The cities of Dallas and Houston have adopted the 2012 IBC and IRC. Both cities are still using the 2009 IECC with amendments.

Applicability (statewide, local, limited): LIMITED

Codes are primarily adopted and enforced locally. All local jurisdictions can make any amendments they deem necessary in their jurisdictions.

Notes: The adopted 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) is considered to be the “minimum standard” for all electrical work in Texas covered under state law. However, municipalities are allowed to make local amendments. Some have amended to older codes (e.g. NEC-2011 requirements).

Additional Building Codes by State

State Website https://www.state.tx.us
State Licensing Specialty contractor licensing may be required but general contractor licensing is not required by the State of Texas. Local jurisdictions may also require licensing.
State Building Code The State of Texas has adopted the 2006 International Building Code (IBC), the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC), the 2012 International Plumbing Code and 2012 International Residential Plumbing Code (IPC & IRPC), and the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC).
State Licensing Division https://www.license.state.tx.us/LicenseSearch/
State Fire Marshall https://www.tdi.state.tx.us/fire/indexfm.html
State Environmental Permit https://www.tceq.state.tx.us/
Texas Building Code by County
Texas 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


Type
Code Title
Code Adopted
Technical Bases
Applicability
Building
Building Code
2003
2003 IBC
Building
Residential Code
2000
2000 IRC
Fire
Fire Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Electrical
Electric Code
2017
2017 NEC
Mechanical
Mechanical Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Plumbing
Plumbing Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Plumbing
Private Sewage Disposal Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Fire
Fuel and Gas Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Green
Green Construction Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Energy
Energy Conservation Code
2015
2015 IECC
Building
Property Maintenance Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Building
Existing Buildings Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
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
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Zoning
Zoning Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Fire
Fire Life Safety Code

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