The International Codes

The International Code Council was established in 1994 with the goal of developing a single set of national model construction codes that came to be known as the International Codes, or I-Codes. The I-Codes are a family of fifteen coordinated, modern building safety codes that help ensure the engineering of safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.

The I-Codes are the most widely accepted, comprehensive set of model codes used in the United States. All fifty states, the District of Columbia, and many other countries have adopted the I-Codes at the state or jurisdictional level.

The Code Development Process

The International Code Council develops construction and public safety codes through a governmental consensus process. The governmental consensus process leaves the final determination of code provisions in the hands of public safety officials who, with no vested financial interest, can legitimately represent the public interest.

The Code Council governmental consensus process meets the principles defined by the National Standards Strategy of 2000, and the OMB Circular A-119, Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities (1998). It complies with Public Law 104-113 National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995.

The Standard Development Process

The Code Council adheres to openness and transparency in our Standards development process. All our Standards committee meetings are open to the public. Any interested party can participate in committee meetings and can be considered by the committee for membership on any workgroup that the committee creates.

Code Technical Support Services

The International Code Council offers its members and customers a comprehensive package of technical services to support out codes, including code commentaries, code interpretations, Building Value Data, and Plan review. Click below to learn more.