FLORIDA

Page updated as of April 2020

State Code Agency:

Florida Building Commission (FBC); FL Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)
850-487-1824
www.floridabuilding.org

Current Codes and Edition Adopted:

  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC), with state amendments
  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC), with state amendments
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), with state amendments

Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

State code must be enforced in local jurisdictions.

Amendments Disadvantaging Wood Construction:

Amendments are considerable, most inconsequential. Certain amendments related to state agency rules, legislative mandates, and the High Velocity Hurricane Zone requirements in south Florida appear in the Florida codes. Under certain conditions local code amendments may be more restrictive than the state code, but these must be approved by the FBC. A primary amendment disadvantaging wood construction is a prohibition on Types III and V construction for Group E (schools).

Next Update Cycle (amendment opportunities):

By action of the legislature prior to 2012, Florida-specific amendments were "sunset" by legislative mandate. Each new edition of the I-codes became the base code going forward.

Florida House Bill 1021 became law in 2017 and it once again changed the process by which Florida codes are updated, removing the International Codes from being the base code in the updating process. The current Florida codes, which are based on the 2015 I-codes, will remain the base code going forward indefinitely. The Florida Building Commission has adopted a two-stage code update process to 1) bring forward updates from the most recent editions of the International Codes as desired, and 2) consider proposed state modifications submitted by any interested party.

Expected date most recent code will be adopted.

The current Florida codes, which are based on the 2015 editions of the International Codes, went into effect at the beginning of 2018; the code update process for the next edition of the Florida codes will NOT be based on the International Codes as in the past, but will modify the current edition of the Florida Building Code(s). The latest update process will continue through 2020 with an anticipated effective date of Dec. 31, 2020 for the new edition of the Florida Building Code.

Additional Notes:

The important work gets done at the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) hearings during the code development cycle. The public is invited to give input then.

The FBC also determines the funding of research projects for code development each year, usually by Florida universities.