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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

The 1999 Accessibility Code was effective from July 1, 1999 and was effective through December 31, 2001.

2002 Accessibility Code was effective January 1, 2002 and is currently effective. Amendments were added to the 2002 Code on August 1, 2004 which became mandatorily enforceable on January 1, 2006.

The 2002 Accessibility Code as amended will become invalid the day after the NC General Assembly adjourns in 2009. At that time, Chapter 11 of the 2009 Building Code which contains accessibility regulations will become effective. The 2002 Accessibility Code as amended will remain valid during a transition period until December 31, 2009.

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 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 and is currently effective. 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 will be effective March 1, 2015. When this new existing building code becomes effective, the 1995 Existing Building Code will no longer be permitted for use.

Rehabilitation Code

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

The 2009 NC Rehabilitation Code became effective January 1, 2010 and is currently effective.

The 2012 NC Rehabilitation Code will become effective January 1, 2015.

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