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2012 NC/ICC 2009 – Amendments

The North Carolina Building Codes are promulgated by the North Carolina Building Code Council (BCC) and are interpreted and enforced by the Engineering and Codes Section. The code is made up by modifications to the International Codes. This year, the 2012 North Carolina Codes are the 2009 International Codes with amendments made by the BCC.

The North Carolina Codes are available at www.iccsafe.org/NCDOI for purchase online. Soft-bound copies are available for walk-in purchase only at the following location.

NC Department of Insurance, 322 Chapanoke Road, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27603 919-661-5880 x 240 (call for availability)

The following documents represent a summary of the BCC amendments:

The public hearing for the 2012 NC Building, Energy Conservation, Fire, Fuel Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing and Residential Codes was June 15, 2010. The written public comment period expired on July 16, 2010. The Building, Fire, Fuel Gas, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes were adopted September 14, 2010 and the effective date is September 1, 2011. The Energy Conservation and Residential Codes were adopted December 14, 2010 and the effective date is January 1, 2012.

The 2009 NC Codes other than the Residential and Energy codes remain in effect for permits issued until June 1, 2012. (overlap with the 2012 codes). The 2009 Residential and Energy codes remain in effect until March 1, 2012.

To download a free copy of the 2009 ICC Energy Conservation Code, click here

National Fire Protection Association

Visit the NFPA web site for read-only access to the NFPA codes and standards referenced in our state's statutes and/or regulations.

North Carolina Electrical Code - 2011 Edition

The 2011 NEC with NC Amendments has been adopted by the BCC and approved by the RRC; however, 10-letters were received requesting legislative review. The Code became effective upon adjournment of the 2012 Legislative Session since no bill was introduced.

National Fire Protection Association

Visit the NFPA web site for read-only access to the NFPA codes and standards referenced in our state's statutes and/or regulations.

North Carolina Electrical Code - 2008 Edition
North Carolina Electrical Code - 2005 Edition