Building and Fire Code Adoption Process

Overview

State Building, Fire Safety and Fire Prevention Codes Update

The next state building, fire safety and fire prevention codes are scheduled to go into effect on October 1st, 2022, subject to securing legislative approval on September 27th, 2022.

More information on the September 27th Legislative Regulation Review Committee meeting can be found here:
https://www.cga.ct.gov/rr/

The new state codes will be known as the:

  • 2022 Connecticut State Building Code
  • 2022 Connecticut State Fire Safety Code
  • 2022 Connecticut State Fire Prevention Code

The final versions of the codes will be published under documents on this web page

A list of the model codes to be adopted are also on that page, and those model codes are available to view for free on the International Code Council and National Fire Protection Association web sites:

The development of Connecticut specific versions of the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), International Fire Safety Code (IFC), NFPA 1 and NFPA 101, is underway.

The new codes will apply to projects for which a permit is applied for after the effective date. If you have a project that will be significantly impacted by this change in codes, you may apply for a code modification from the Office of the State Building Inspector and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (separate applications) to allow the project to continue under the 2018 state codes. This process, colloquially known as a grace period, will be available for approximately three months from the effective date. See the code modification web page for more information

The department is also providing free online training on the significant changes in the new codes and other related topics through its learning management system. More information and user instructions are available on the LMS web page.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please e-mail the team at das.codesstandards@ct.gov and a team member will get back to you.

Draft 2022 State Codes

  • The public comment and legislative approval drafts of the three proposed codes are available under Documents/Forms
Proposed Model Codes:

The following codes are proposed to be adopted into the next state codes:

  • 2021 International Building Code (IBC) by the ICC
  • 2021 International Existing Building Code (IEBC) by the ICC
  • 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) by the ICC
  • 2021 International Mechanical Code (IMC) by the ICC
  • 2021 International Plumbing Code (IPC) by the ICC
  • 2021 International Residential Code (IRC) by the ICC
  • 2021 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC) by the ICC
  • 2020 NFPA 70 National Electrical Code (NEC) by NFPA
  • 2017 ICC A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities by the ICC
  • 2021 International Fire Code (IFC) by the ICC
  • 2021 NFPA 101 - Life Safety Code by the NFPA
  • 2021 NFPA 1 - Fire Code by the NFPA

The model codes are viewable on their publisher's web sites:

Stay Informed:

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The Process So Far:

Committee Review 

 

The Codes and Standards Committee and Fire Prevention Code Advisory Committee reviewed the model code books, alongside the 2018 state code amendments and the public code change proposals received (see below) to determine the need for any changes to the Connecticut specific amendments.

 

Code Change Proposals:

Proposals were accepted from April 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021. Copies of the code change proposals received for the 2022 state codes are available here:

For the previous track (the aborted adoption of the 2018 I-Codes) proposals were accepted from February 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019.  The document below contains all code change proposals received:

 Public Comment and Testimony 

  • Written testimony was accepted during the public comment period (January 31, 2022 - March 17, 2022). 
  • A public hearing was held by the agency in conjunction with the Codes and Standards Committee and the Fire Prevention Code Advisory Committee on February 23, 2022.
Public Comments Received:

The public comments received during the public comment period are available here: