Vermont Building Code

Vermont Building Code, Permit and Licensing Information

Updated: 5/22/21

Vermont Building Code Agency:

State Fire Marshal/Deputy Director of Public Safety:
Department of Public Safety
Division of Fire Safety
1311 US Route 302 – Berlin Suite 500
Barre, VT 05641
Office phone: (802) 479-7561

Electrician’s Licensing Requirements Board
1311 U.S. Route 302, Suite 600
Barre, VT 05641-2351
(802) 479-7564

What Are The Current Adopted Vermont Building Codes?

  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC) – Adopted by Plumbers Examining Board
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1-2013 – Vermont Specific Additions & Revisions
  • 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC) – Structural Requirements Only
  • 2015 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1 Code
  • 2015 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code for Residential Applications

Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

Since 1972, Vermont has adopted and enforced national standards for commercial construction safety. These codes are adopted by regulation and enforced through the Vermont State Fire Marshal’s Office. The 2012 Vermont Fire & Building Safety Code is based on the 2015 IBC. The 2015 IECC became effective March 1, 2015.

Please review the information found here for code adoption:

Additional Construction Codes by State

State Website
State Licensing Licensure is required for asbestos, plumbing, and electrical trades. Corporations must register with the Secretary of State.
State Building Code The State of Vermont has adopted the 2015 IBC, the 2012 IPC, and the 2017 NEC.

There is not residential (i.e., one & two family dwelling) building code adopted or in effect in Vermont.  References made to NFPA 101.

State Licensing Division
State Fire Marshall
State Environmental Permit
Vermont Building Code by County
Vermont 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
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Fire Code
Not Adopted
Electric Code
2017 NEC
Mechanical Code
Not Adopted
Plumbing Code
2015 IPC
Private Sewage Disposal Code
Not Adopted
Fuel and Gas Code
Not Adopted
Green Construction Code
Not Adopted
Energy Conservation Code
2015 IECC
Property Maintenance Code
Not Adopted
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
Not Adopted
Fire Life Safety Code

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