Kevin Egilmez

July 12, 2021

RI Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal and Review has adopted the 2018 editions of NFPA 1 Fire Code and NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, 2019 edition of NFPA 72 Fire Alarm Code. The new codes will take effect on July 1, 2021.

RI Building Code Commission is proposing to adopt 2018 editions of IBC, IRC, IPC, IMC, IFGC, IECC and 2020 edition of NEC.


March 19, 2021

Anticipated effective date of new Minnesota plumbing code is late 2021

The Minnesota Plumbing Board anticipates publishing the Notice of Adoption for the amendments to the Plumbing Code, which incorporates by reference the 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code, in March 2021.

Minnesota statutes require a 270-day delay between publication of the rule’s Notice of Adoption in the State Register and the effective date of the rule. This allows time to publish the code book and provide training. As a result, the anticipated effective date will be sometime in late 2021. The current Plumbing Code will remain in effect until the new rule’s effective date.

The amendments to the Minnesota Plumbing Code, Chapter 4714, and periodic updates are available on the board’s rulemaking docket here.


December 18, 2020

ND State Electrical Board administrative rules were approved on September 15th and went into effect October 1st. The effective date of 2020 NEC and the ND Wiring Standards will be January 1, 2021. The standards are available at NDSEB.com under “Laws & Rules”.

ND State Plumbing Board adopted the 2018 edition of the IAPMO Uniform Plumbing Code effective April 1, 2020. The standards are available at NDPlumbingBoard.com under “Laws & Rules”.


April 2, 2020

MN Code adoptions

On Tuesday March 31, 2020, six new Minnesota construction codes are scheduled to take effect. Although this adoption is occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic, the construction industry has been fully engaged in the process of developing changes to the new codes over the past two years and are anticipating their implementation. The department’s spring training educational seminars will be provided in an online format in the coming weeks.

New codes effective March 31, 2020 with the exception of the Mechanical Code that takes effect on April 6, 2020.

The following codes have been approved for adoption:

  • 2020 Minnesota Conservation Code for Existing Buildings
  • 2020 Minnesota Residential Code
  • 2020 Minnesota Building Code
  • 2020 Minnesota Energy Code (Note: The 2015 Minnesota Residential Energy Code remains in effect.)
  • 2020 Minnesota Accessibility Code
  • 2020 Minnesota Mechanical/Fuel Gas Code – Effective April 6, 2020
  • 2020 Minnesota State Fire Code

February 3, 2020

MN Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) continues to submit the 2018 I-Codes, with amendments, for review by the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).

The following 2018 I-codes have been approved for adoption:
• International Building Code,
• International Residential Code,
• International Existing Building Code,
• commercial provisions of the International Energy Conservation Code, and
• International Fire Code.

Updates to the administrative provisions of the Minnesota State Building Code and the Minnesota Accessibility Code have also been approved. DLI will submit for approval the adoption of the 2018 editions of the International Mechanical Code and International Fuel Gas Code, with amendments, and an update to the code for elevators and related devices.

All I-codes with amendments will be effective March 31, 2020.


December 27, 2019

New Jersey adopted the 2018 editions of the IBC, IRC, IMC, IFGC, IECC, NSPC and the 2017 edition of the NEC with amendments effective September 3, 2019. Visit NJ DCA website (www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/codreg/) for additional information.

Rhode Island adopted the 2015 editions of the IBC, IRC, IPC, IMC, IECC and the 2017 edition of the NEC with amendments effective August 1, 2019. Visit RI Building Code Commission website (www.ribcc.ri.gov) for additional information.


March 15, 2019

Under the State Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Act, the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs is charged with adopting model codes as part of the Uniform Construction Code (UCC). In order to implement the most recent published technical standards, the Department proposes the 2018 editions of the IBC, IRC, IMC, IFGC, IECC, and NSPC, and the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) to update the above referenced subcodes of the UCC with amendments. These proposed amendments reflect the changes to the IBC/2018, IRC/2018, IMC/2018, IFGC/2018, IECC/2018, NSPC/2018, and NEC/2017 that modify the codes to align with New Jersey conditions and law.

For additional information visit www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/codreg/pdf_rule_proposals/2018_code_prop.pdf


January 25, 2019

Where are smoke alarms required to be installed? Section R314.1, General, of the International Residential Code/2015 (IRC/2015) [NJ Edition] and Section 907.2.11, Single- and Multiple-Station Smoke Alarms, of the International Building Code/2015 (IBC) [NJ Edition], along with the specific smoke alarm location regulations seem to be causing some confusion among officials. Because the New Jersey editions of the IRC/2015 and the IBC/2015 have specific requirements for the location of smoke alarms, these locations are what need to be complied with, as opposed to the extra locations in the 2013 edition of NFPA 72 at Section 29.5.1, Required Detection. Some officials are seeing the reference to NFPA 72 in the general code sections as a pointer to go directly to NFPA 72 for the additional smoke alarm locations. Some of the extra alarms being required include divided basements, on ceilings spaced not more than 30 feet apart or, coverage areas greater than 1000 ft2. If the IRC/2015 and IBC/2015 were silent on the required locations, this section would apply. However, because the locations are specifically mentioned in the codes, the reference standard locations do not apply.

NFPA 72 Sections 29.8, Installation, and 29.8.3.4, Specific Location Requirements, must be used for smoke alarm installation criteria so that alarms operate correctly and don’t cause nuisance alarms. Some examples of specific location requirements in these sections include, but are not limited to: within 12 inches of the ceiling, on the wall, different ceiling locations, or within 21 feet of the sleeping areas due to the smoke alarms being interconnected (not within 10 feet), as well as items not covered by the code, such as: within 36 inches of ceiling fan blades or HVAC supply registers.

In the past code cycle, the members of the International Codes Council (ICC) actually added to the locations in both codes to help clear up some confusion code officials were having. These new sections are R314.3 item 4 and R314.3.1, Installation Near Cooking Appliances, from the IRC/2015 and 907.2.11.3, Installation Near Cooking Appliances, and 907.2.11.4, Installation Near Bathrooms, of the IBC/2015.

Reprinted with permission CCC – Fall 2018


January 25, 2019

The Ad Hoc Code Review and Rulemaking Committee of the Minnesota Plumbing Board is reviewing the 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and proposed amendments for possible adoption as the Minnesota Plumbing Code.

The current Minnesota Plumbing Code incorporates and adopts the 2012 UPC with amendments. The Plumbing Board has not decided whether to move forward with adopting the 2018 UPC with amendments. The Ad Hoc Committee will complete its review of the 2018 UPC and make a recommendation to the Plumbing Board about the 2018 UPC and any recommended modifications to it.

Propose a code amendment

The Ad Hoc Committee is currently reviewing requests for action (RFA). RFAs can be completed and submitted by anyone who has a proposed amendment to the 2018 UPC for use in Minnesota. Download an RFA form and view those already submitted at www.dli.mn.gov/about-department/boards-and-councils/plumbing-board-requests-action.
The web page is updated frequently so check back often.

Meetings and agendas

Agendas and a schedule of meetings of the Ad Hoc Committee are at www.dli.mn.gov/about-department/boards-and-councils/plumbing-board-ad-hoc-rulemaking-committee. Committee meetings are conducted at the Department of Labor and Industry and are open to the public.

Source: CCLD Review Winter 2018-19


October 12, 2018

Following recommendations from advisory groups, DLI has begun the adoption process for the 2018 I-Codes and the administrative requirements of the State Building Code.

The Construction Codes Advisory Council (CCAC) met June 21, 2018, to review a report from Technical Advisory Groups about seven of the 2018 I-Codes and the administrative requirements of the State Building Code. With the exception of the model residential energy code, the CCAC recommended DLI move forward with the adoption of the 2018 I-Codes with amendments and revisions to the administrative requirements of the State Building Code.

The CCAC will review the model residential energy code at a later meeting following the U.S. Department of Energy’s determination regarding energy efficiency of the 2018 Residential Energy Code.

Rulemaking process

DLI recently began the formal rulemaking process to adopt the I-Codes by publishing a Request for Comments in the State Register. Follow the rulemaking process and view rulemaking dockets at
www.dli.mn.gov/about-department/rulemaking/construction-codes-and-licensing-rulemaking.

Submit comments about a code or rule by sending an email to dli.rules@state.mn.us. Please include the rule chapter number in the email subject line.

Source: CCLD Review Fall 2018


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