North Carolina Dept. of Insurance
Office of the State Fire Marshal
325 N. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27603-5926
(919)-647-0000 or (800)-634-7854
State code must be enforced in local jurisdictions.
Amendments are considerable, but most are friendly to wood construction.
The NC Building Codes Council adopts every other edition of the International Codes, by statute. It is anticipated that the Council will begin looking at the 2021 editions of the I-Codes beginning late 2020 or early 2021, with a potential adoption date at the end of 2021 and effective date in 2022.
Code amendments can be introduced at any time to the current state codes on a rotating basis, and go through a one-year adoption process which includes committee consideration, council consideration, and opportunities for public comment. When a code change is submitted, the council first decides if it should continue in the adoption process; if so, it enters into the hopper and will usually be finally acted on about one year after it is introduced, with an effective date of 6 months later, if it is successful.
At each new code adoption, the state staff carries over NC amendments from the previous code for readoption with the new model code.