Codes and Standards Committee

Overview

Online Meetings

The meetings of the Codes and Standards Committee are currently being held online using Microsoft Teams. Meetings are typically held at 1pm on the second Wednesday of every month (except July). Please check the meeting agenda page for confirmation. To join the meetings, please use the following link or phone number:

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+1 860-840-2075   Conference ID: 633 998 862#

United States, Hartford (Toll)

For information about the dates and joining instructions for meetings of the Codes Amendment Subcommittee, please see that subcommittee's web page.

 

Current Status

The Codes Amendment Subcommittee met on June 24, 2020, and voted to continue with the adoption of the 2018 I-Codes and the 2020 NFPA 70: National Electrical Code. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the adoption process, it is now anticipated that the next Connecticut State Building Code, Connecticut State Fire Safety Code and Connecticut State Fire Prevention Code will have a target effective date in the final quarter of 2021. This was ratified at the August 12, 2020, meeting of the Codes and Standard Committee.

As part this revised adoption process, a technical review of the 2021 I-Codes will be undertaken to identify any significant changes that should be brought forward into the adoption of the 2018 I-Codes. There will be a window for public code change proposals to be submitted, the dates for which will be established and published in the near future.
 Full details are available on the Code Adoption web page.

 

Code Change Proposals

The public is encouraged to propose changes to the model code language.  For the current change cycle, proposals were originally accepted from February 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019. A second window for public code change proposals will be opened at a yet to be determined time.

Proposals must be submitted on the Code Change Proposal form and must be accompanied by sufficient supporting material to allow the committee to properly consider the merits of the proposal.  Proposers may request to make a presentation to the committee. 

Proposals should be submitted (email preferred) to:

Department of Administrative Services
State Codes & Standards Committee
Office of the State Building Inspector

450 Columbus Boulevard Suite 1303
Hartford, CT 06103

Fax: 860-713-7410
Email: DAS.CodesStandards@ct.gov

 

Responsibilities of the Codes and Standards Committee

Pursuant to the requirements of Connecticut General Statutes 29-252, the State Building Inspector and the Codes and Standards Committee (CAS) are responsible for adoption of a State Building Code based on a nationally recognized model building code.

Pursuant to various sections of Chapter 541 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Codes and Standards Committee also meets monthly (except July) to hear and decide appeals of decisions of:

  • Local Building Officials 
  • Local Fire Marshals 
  • Local Building Board of Appeals 
  • State Building Inspector 
  • State Building Inspector together with Office of Protection and Advocacy 
  • State Fire Marshal

The Codes and Standards Committee has established a procedure for filing appeals concerning decisions made by building code officials and fire code officials. The Request for Appeal Form shall be used when submitting an appeal for relief from a decision.

 

Codes Amendment Subcommittee

The Codes and Standards Committee conducts the majority of its technical review work for future state building and fire safety codes in its Codes Amendment Subcommittee meetings.