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State Building Codes

Welcome to the State Building Codes section of the Engineering and Codes Division.

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Code Applicability Dates

Administrative, Building, Energy Conservation, Fire Prevention, Fuel Gas, Mechanical, and Plumbing Codes

2002 Codes

The following 2002 Codes were effective from January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2007. The 1996 Codes were also valid during a transition period from January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2002.

  • 2002 Administrative
  • 2002 Building
  • 2002 Energy Conservation
  • 2002 Fire Prevention
  • 2002 Fuel Gas
  • 2002 Mechanical
  • 2002 Plumbing

2006 Codes

The following 2006 Codes were effective from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2009. The 2002 Codes were also valid during a transition period from July 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006.

  • 2006 Administrative
  • 2006 Building
  • 2006 Energy Conservation
  • 2006 Fire Prevention
  • 2006 Fuel Gas
  • 2006 Mechanical
  • 2006 Plumbing

2009 Codes

The following 2009 Codes were effective from January 1, 2009 through June 1, 2012. The 2006 Codes were also valid during a transition period from January 1, 2009 through June 30, 2009.

  • 2009 Administrative
  • 2009 Building
  • 2009 Energy Conservation
  • 2009 Fire Prevention
  • 2009 Fuel Gas
  • 2009 Mechanical
  • 2009 Plumbing

2012 Codes

The following 2012 Codes were effective from September 1, 2011 and are currently effective. The 2009 Codes were also valid during a transition period from September 1, 2011 through June 1, 2012.

  • 2012 Administrative
  • 2012 Building
  • 2012 Energy Conservation
  • 2012 Fire Prevention
  • 2012 Fuel Gas
  • 2012 Mechanical
  • 2012 Plumbing

Residential Code

The 2002 Residential Code was effective from January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2006. The 1996 Residential Code was also valid during a transition period from January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2002.

The 2006 Residential Code was effective from June 1, 2007 through July 1, 2009. The 2002 Residential Code was also valid during a transition period from June 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007.

The 2009 Residential Code was effective from January 1, 2009 through June 1, 2012. The 2006 Residential Code was also valid during a transition period from January 1, 2009 through July 1, 2009.

The 2012 Residential Code was effective from January 1, 2012 and is currently effective. The 2009 Residential Code was also valid during a transition period from January 1, 2012 through June 1, 2012.

Accessibility Code

YEAR EDITION ACCESS STANDARD EFFECTIVE DATE COMMENTS
1999 North Carolina State Building Code,
Volume I-C
  7/1/1999 Included previous state accessibility, Federal ADAAG, and Fair Housing Act requirements.
2002 North Carolina State Building Code, Volume I-C   1/1/2002  
2004 North Carolina Accessibility Code
[Renamed as a separate code instead of being identified as NCSBC, Vol. I-C]
  1/1/2006 until 12/31/2009 Certified by the US Department of Justice as complying with the ADA for Title II requirements on March 17, 2005, documented in a letter from Wan J. Kim, AAG, USDOJ, on 11/28/2005.
2006 North Carolina Building Code (based on the 2003 IBC) 2004 North Carolina Accessibility Code NCBC Chapter 11 effective on 1/1/2010 NCBC Ch. 11, deleted from 1/1/2002 through 12/31/2009 while NC had a certified accessibility code, became enforceable on 1/1/2010.
2009 North Carolina Building Code (based on the 2006 IBC) 2003 ANSI A117.1 1/1/2010  
2012 North Carolina Building Code (based on the 2009 IBC) 2009 ANSI A117.1 1/6/2012  
2018 North Carolina Building Code (based on the 2015 IBC) 2009 ANSI A117.1 1/1/2019 Proposed effective date.

Electrical Code

The 2002 Electrical Code was effective from January 1, 2002 through March 15, 2005.

The 2005 Electrical Code was effective from March 15, 2005 through June 1, 2008.

The 2008 Electrical Code was effective from June 1, 2008 through July 3, 2011.

The 2011 Electrical Code was effective from July 3, 2011 through April 1, 2016.

The 2014 Electrical Code was effective from April 1, 2016 and is currently effective.

There were no transition periods between various editions of the Electrical Code.

Existing Buildings Code

The 1995 Existing Building Code was effective from June 14, 1994 through February 28, 2015. There were minor revisions in 1997, 1998, and 1999. Effective January 1, 2003, the NC Building Code Council replaced Chapters 5 and 6 of the Existing Building Code with Sections 3405 and 3409 of the 2002 Building Code. Table 501 of Chapter 5 may continue to be used for relative hazard categories and classification.

The 2015 NC Existing Building Code became effective March 1, 2015 and is currently effective.

Rehabilitation Code

The 2006 NC Rehabilitation Code was effective from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2009.

The 2009 NC Rehabilitation Code was effective from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2014.

The 2012 NC Rehabilitation Code became effective January 1, 2015 through February 28, 2018.

Both the 2009 NC Rehabilitation Code and 2012 NC Rehabilitation Code can be found here.