Page updated as as of January 2021

State Code Agency:

Ohio Department of Commerce - Board of Building Standards

Current Codes and Edition Adopted:

  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2018 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 compliance required by Ohio Dept. of Health for some Health Care Facilities

Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

The Building Code Compliance Division performs plan reviews and on-site inspections for those commercial building projects not under the jurisdiction of a certified local building department and all State universities. Enforcement (Plan review & inspection) is also provided for industrial units (i.e. modular buildings). Enforcement of the Residential Code is limited to the local building departments. The Ohio Board of Building Standards certifies county, township and municipal building departments to enforce the State codes.

State inspectors exist for Industrial Units and plumbing, electrical and structural systems on projects not covered by certified local building departments.

Amendments Disadvantaging Wood Construction:

No code amendments are detrimental to wood construction.

Next Update Cycle (amendment opportunities):

The Ohio Board of Building Standards has indicated the next update cycle for the Ohio Building Code (IBC) is beginning and the process should result in the adoption of the 2021 IBC with an effective date of 1/21/2023. Because the 2018 IRC became effective on July 1, 2019, the next opportunity is also unknown.

Expected date most recent code will be adopted.

The update to the Ohio Building Code (IBC) is expected to put the 2021 IBC in effect 1/21/2023.

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