MASSACHUSETTS

Page updated as of November 2018

State Code Agency:

State Building Official:
The Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS)
Chairman Brian Gale
Robert Anderson
Chief of Inspections
Building Division and BBRS Administrator
13th Floor, Room 1301
Boston, MA 02108

Current State Codes and Edition Adopted:

  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2015 International Fire Code (Portions, not fully adopted)

Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

The Massachusetts Building Code is approved and administered by the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS), consisting of eleven members and is staffed by the Department of Public Safety. The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) is a fourteen member board responsible for promulgating a comprehensive fire safety code (527 CMR) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The BBRS is responsible for reviewing and recommending which building codes are adopted in Massachusetts. Additionally, the members of the BBRS comprise the Building Code Appeals Board for purposes of deciding appeals of interpretations of the Building Code made by building officials and other similar officials. Amendments may be made by jurisdictions with State approval.

Please review the information found here for code adoption: https://www.mass.gov/handbook/ninth-edition-of-the-ma-state-building-code-780

Amendments Disadvantaging Wood Construction:

No apparent amendments.

Next Update Cycle (amendment opportunities):

Massachusetts adopted the 2015 I-Codes on 10-20-17. The will begin hearing code change proposals on or about 11-20-2018 for potential adoption of the 2018 I-Codes.

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