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Adoption Info

Alabama Energy and Residential Codes Board
Administrative Code Chapter 305-2-4
Updated September 30, 2017

Original document
Energy Code

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.
State Building Code

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.
Adopted by reference as a regulation of the State Fire Marshall

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.

Alabama building codes, including the fire and residential codes


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 Agencies

Alabama Department of Finance, Real Property Management - Division of Construction Management
770 Washington Avenue
Suite 444
Phone: (334) 242-4082