North Dakota

North Dakota Department of Commerce
Division of Community Services (DCS)

Adopted I-Codes:
2018 International Building Code (IBC)
2018 International Residential Code (IRC)
2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
Applicability (statewide, local, limited): LIMITED

The North Dakota Division of Community Services (DCS) is assigned the responsibility of updating and amending the North Dakota State Building Code. The DCS is not involved in the enforcement of the State Building Code. Plan review, enforcement, inspection is the responsibility of jurisdictions that elect to adopt and enforce building codes. 

If a city, county, or township elects to adopt and enforce building codes, it must adopt and enforce the State Building Code. However, a jurisdiction is permitted to further amend the State Building Code to conform to local needs. 

Tall Mass Timber Adoption

The tall mass timber provisions went into effect in 2023.

Expected date most recent code will be adopted:

North Dakota has adopted the latest version of the IBC and IRC. 


Page last updated: December 2023