Page updated as of May 2020
State Code Agency:
Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction
Current Codes and Edition Adopted:
- 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
- 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
- 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), (2009 IECC for Residential)
- 2012 International Fire Code (IFC), (NFPA 101 also enforced for some health care facilities)
Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE
State owned building construction projects require review and inspection by the Division of Building Codes Enforcement. For all other commercial projects enforcement of the Kentucky Building Code is shared between the Division of Building Codes Enforcement and the local government (city or county) building departments. If a local building department does not exist, plans must be submitted to the State Division of Building Codes Enforcement. For one and two family dwellings, enforcement takes place at the local level. If no local building department exists, builders are still required to comply with the Kentucky Residential Code.
Amendments Disadvantaging Wood Construction:
Codes amendments do not disadvantage wood construction.
Next Update Cycle (amendment opportunities):
The Kentucky Board of Housing, Buildings and Construction adopted the 2015 editions of the IBC and IRC effective August 22, 2018. They have not provided information on their next updates.
Expected date most recent code will be adopted.
The IBC and IRC were adopted with an effective date of 8/22/2018, but municipalities have the option to delay until the mandatory effective date of January 1, 2019.