Alabama Building Codes
adopts the IBC 2015 without amendments
adopts the IPC 2015 without amendments
adopts the IMC 2015 without amendments
adopts the IFGC 2015 without amendments
adopts the IFC 2015 without amendments
adopts the IRC 2015 with amendments
adopts the IECC 2015 with amendments
adopts ASHRAE 90.1-2013
adopts the ICC 500-2014 with amendments
adopts the IBC 2009 without amendments
adopts the IPC 2009 without amendments
adopts the IMC 2009 without amendments
adopts the IFGC 2009 without amendments
adopts the IFC 2009 without amendments
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Administrative Code Chapter 305-2-4
Updated September 30, 2017
Either the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code or the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013 shall be implemented and enforced for commercial buildings.
(2) Commercial: For this code, all buildings not included in the definition of “Residential” and not under the authority of the Alabama Building Commission.
(3) Residential: The energy provisions of this code include detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) as well as Group R-2, R-3, and R-4 buildings three stories or less in height above grade plane.
The State Building Code [adopts IBC 2015] enforced by the Division of Construction Management applies to the following:
State Buildings and Construction
Schools (Public and Private)
Motion Picture Theaters
Companion Codes to the State Building Code:
2015 International Existing Building Code
2015 International Plumbing Code
2015 International Mechanical Code
2015 International Fuel Gas Code
2015 International Fire Code
2014 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)
2013 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72)
2014 ICC/NSSA-500 Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters
ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2013 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential
2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
DCM does not have authority over residential and most commercial properties. Please contact the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs at 334-242-5290 or your city or country building departments. In places without local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), the default code enforcement is by the State Fire Marshal.
2013 National Fire Codes® with exceptions
2015 International Fire Code® with exceptions
2015 International Building Code® with exceptions
Alabama Building Codes
The building codes of Alabama adopt the the International Building Code 2015 (IBC 2015), International Plumbing Code 2015 (IPC 2015), International Mechanical Code 2015 (IMC 2015), International Fuel Gas Code 2015 (IFGC 2015), International Fire Code 2015 (IFC 2015), International Residential Code 2015 (IRC 2015), International Energy Conservation Code 2015 (IECC 2015), ASHRAE 90.1 2013, NFPA 70 ‒ National Electrical Code 2011, NFPA 72 ‒ National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code 2013, and the ICC 500-2014, ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters. These codes include amendments enacted at the state level.
States and cities enact critical amendments to the base codes. Alabama has made amendment to the codes. UpCodes provides the only source to view these amendments integrated into the model codes. Learn about amendments
Alabama Department of Finance, Real Property Management - Division of Construction Management
770 Washington Avenue
Phone: (334) 242-4082