West Virginia

West Virginia Fire Commission
Office of the State Fire Marshal 

1207 Quarrier St., 2nd Floor
Charleston, WV 25301
Tel: (304) 558-2191 

Current Codes and Edition Adopted:
2015 International Building Code (IBC), deletes Section 101.4.5 Fire Prevention
2015 International Existing Building code (IEBC)
2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
2015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)-Residential Buildings
2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
2012 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC)
Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

The West Virginia State Fire Commission is responsible for adopting, promulgating, and amending statewide construction codes. The Administrative Procedures Act requires public hearings on the adoption of all codes by the State Fire Commission. When the State Fire Commission proposes to adopt a code, the code is filed with the Secretary of State. The commission conducts a public hearing and can modify the rule with the Secretary of State as and agency-approved rule. The rule is then filed with the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee. Once the rule is approved or modified by the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee, it is introduced as a separate bill during the legislative session. Legislation need not be initiated by the State Fire Commission; the legislature can modify the code by proposing legislation at any time during the regular session.  Current versions of the I-Code became effective on August 1st, 2020. 

Please review the information found here for code adoption: 


Amendments Disadvantaging Wood Construction:

No apparent amendments.

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Page last updated: January 2022