New Jersey

State Building Official
Edward Smith, Director, Codes & Standards Division, 
Department of Community Affairs

101 South Broad Street 
PO Box 802 
Trenton, NJ 08625 
(609) 292-7899

Current Codes and Edition Adopted:
2018 International Building Code (IBC), New Jersey Edition
2018 International Building and Residential Codes (IRC), New Jersey Edition Combo
2018 International Fire Code (IFC)
2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

New Jersey’s Uniform Construction Code (UCC) adopts codes by regulation. The codes are administered by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Division of Codes & Standards. They are uniform statewide and local jurisdictions are not permitted to amend. 

Please review the information found here for code adoption information: 

Tall Mass Timber Adoption

The tall mass timber provisions went into effect in 2022.

Amendments Disadvantaging Wood Construction:

There are several revisions reducing the height and area of wood buildingsAdditionally, there are several pieces of ongoing and pending legislation, which if passed would impact and limit the use of light wood framing materials. 

Next Update Cycle:

New Jersey typically adopts the latest version of the I-Codes on a three (3) year cycle. 


New Jersey adopted the 2018 I-Codes on 9-3-19. NJ typically adopts the triennial edition in September and permits building permit applicants to choose what edition of the code the project is submitted under with a 6-month window either way (i.e., a Tall Mass Timber project could theoretically be submitted in March 2022 under the 2021 IBC provisions).  

Page last updated: January 2022