Ohio Department of Commerce – Board of Building Standards

Current Codes and Edition Adopted:
2015 International Building Code (IBC)
2018 International Residential Code (IRC)
2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 compliance required by Ohio Dept. of Health for some Health Care Facilities
Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

The Building Code Compliance Division performs plan reviews and on-site inspections for those commercial building projects not under the jurisdiction of a certified local building department and all State universities. Enforcement (Plan review and inspection) is also provided for industrial units (i.e. modular buildings). Enforcement of the Residential Code is limited to the local building departments. The Ohio Board of Building Standards certifies county, township, and municipal building departments to enforce the State codes.

State inspectors exist for Industrial Units and plumbing, electrical, and structural systems on projects not covered by certified local building departments.

Amendments Disadvantaging Wood Construction:

No code amendments are detrimental to wood construction.

Expected date most recent code will be adopted:

The update to the Ohio Building Code (IBC) is expected to put the 2021 IBC into effect 1/21/2023.

Next Update Cycle: