Georgia

Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs (DCA); State Codes Advisory Committee (SCAC)
404-679-4840
The current mandatory codes and links to Georgia Amendments are provided near the bottom of the following page:
https://www.dca.ga.gov/local-government-assistance/construction-codes-industrialized-buildings/construction-codes

Current Codes and Edition Adopted:
2018 International Building Code (IBC), with state amendments
2018 International Residential Code (IRC), with state amendments
2018 International Fire Code (IFC) with state amendments
2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), with state supplements and amendments
Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

State code must be enforced in local jurisdictions.

Tall Mass Timber Adoption

The Department of Community Affairs Board acted on November 9, 2021, to adopt the TMT provisions. The 2022 Georgia Amendments (see link to the webpage, above) to the 2018 IBC is effective January 1, 2022.

Amendments Disadvantaging Wood Construction:

Amendments to state codes are relatively few and are discouraged by the State Codes Advisory Committee. Local amendments must be reviewed by the DCA for recommendation, but ultimately are up to the local jurisdiction.

Next Update Cycle (amendment opportunities):

There is an annual cycle considering amendments to certain current codes on a rotating basis (certain codes are considered one year, other codes the next), and successful amendments are published cumulatively and effective at the first of each year. The adoption of new editions of the International Codes editions occurs on a 6-year cycle.

Expected date most recent code will be adopted:

Because Georgia is on a 6-year cycle for code adoption, it is anticipated that they will not adopt the 2021 editions of the International Codes but will wait for the 2024 editions. Even so, they conduct an annual cycle of review and consideration of state amendments for the various codes on a rotating basis, which may include consideration of certain provisions in the 2021 International Codes. For instance, early consideration of the new 2021 IBC tall mass timber construction types is likely.

Additional Notes:

Georgia has voluntarily adopted the Disaster Resilient Building Construction Appendices for the IBC and the IRC, which increases the design for wind, seismic, and flood by the adoption of more stringent load criteria than the regular code would require for a jurisdiction. They were developed through a federal grant program. The IRC appendix is reliant on the Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for different “upped” wind speeds.