TEXAS

Page updated as of April 2020

State Code Agency:

Texas Department of Insurance - State Fire Marshal
Orlando Hernandez, State Fire Marshal
333 Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 676-6800
Fire.Marshal@tdi.state.tx.us

Current Codes and Edition Adopted:

Effective August 1, 2017, all industrialized housing and buildings, modules, and modular components shall comply with the following codes:

  • 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC), including appendices C, F, and K
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC), including appendices C, E, F, and G
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC), including appendices K, O, and P
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC) - for alterations of portable industrialized buildings
  • 2012 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 Code

The cities of Dallas and Houston have adopted the 2012 IBC and IRC. Both cities are still using the 2009 IECC with amendments.

Applicability (statewide, local, limited): LIMITED

Codes are primarily adopted and enforced locally. All local jurisdictions can make any amendments they deem necessary in their jurisdictions.

Amendments Disadvantaging Wood Construction

The State amendments summary is here: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/ihb/pdf/2017%20IHB%20Mandatory%20Building%20Code%20Amendments.pdf. With the adoption of the 2015 I Codes, Section R302.13 was adopted.

Next Update Cycle (amendment opportunities):

The Texas Industrialized Building Code Council approved the adoption of later editions of the mandatory building codes at their meeting of August 22, 2016. The proposal to adopt the codes was posted in the Texas Register on November 18, 2016. No comments were received on the proposed changes and the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation approved the rules on January 27, 2017.

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