Tennessee Building Codes

Codes
Building Code 2012 of Tennessee
adopts the IBC 2012 with amendments
Residential Code 2018 of Tennessee
adopts the IRC 2018 with amendments
Residential Code 2009 of Tennessee
adopts the IRC 2009 with amendments
Existing Building Code 2012 of Tennessee
adopts the IEBC 2012 without amendments
Fire Code 2012 of Tennessee
adopts the IFC 2012 without amendments
Plumbing Code 2012 of Tennessee
adopts the IPC 2012 without amendments
Mechanical Code 2012 of Tennessee
adopts the IMC 2012 without amendments
Fuel Gas Code 2012 of Tennessee
adopts the IFGC 2012 without amendments
Residential Energy Code of Tennessee
adopts the IECC 2018 with amendments
Residential Energy Code of Tennessee
adopts the IECC 2009 with amendments
Commercial Energy Code of Tennessee
adopts the IECC 2012 with amendments
Property Maintenance Code 2012 of Tennessee
adopts the IPMC 2012 without amendments
National Electrical Code 2017 of Tennessee
adopts the NFPA 70, 2017 with amendments
National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code 2016 of Tennessee
adopts the NFPA 72, 2016 without amendments
Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals 2018 of Tennessee
adopts the FGI Hospital, 2018 without amendments
Guidelines for Design and Construction of Outpatient Facilities 2018 of Tennessee
adopts the FGI Outpatient, 2018 without amendments
Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities 2018 of Tennessee
adopts the FGI Residential, 2018 without amendments
Life Safety Code 2012 of Tennessee
adopts the NFPA 101, 2012 with amendments
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Adoption Info

Notice:

The provisions of the International Residential Code (IRC), 2018 edition and the IECC, 2018 edition for one- and two-family dwellings and townhomes became effective July 16, 2020.

The provisions of the IECC, 2006 edition, shall apply to the following occupancy classifications:

   1. Moderate-hazard factory industrial, Group F-1;

   2. Low-hazard factory industrial, Group F-2;

   3. Moderate-hazard storage, Group S-1; and,

   4. Low-hazard storage, Group S-2;

The 2012 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code shall apply to state buildings, educational occupancies and any other occupancy requiring an inspection by the state fire marshal for initial licensure, except:

   1. For classrooms in existing and new educational occupancies, as defined by Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0780-02-03-.01(d), 15.2.2.2.4 excluding (1): Classroom Door Locking to Prevent Unwanted Entry, NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, 2018 edition, published by the NFPA; or

   2. For classrooms in existing and new colleges and university instructional buildings, 39.2.2.2.2 excluding (1): Classroom Door Locking to Prevent Unwanted Entry, NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, 2018 edition, published by the NFPA.
INCORPORATED UPDATES
CHAPTER 0780-02-02
CODES AND STANDARDS
effective November 22, 2018
Original document
CHAPTER 0780-02-23
ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLINGS AND TOWNHOUSES
effective July 16, 2020
Original document
FURTHER INFORMATION

Tennessee Building Codes

The building codes of Tennessee adopt the the International Building Code 2012 (IBC 2012), International Residential Code 2018 (IRC 2018), International Residential Code 2009 (IRC 2009), International Existing Building Code 2012 (IEBC 2012), International Fire Code 2012 (IFC 2012), International Plumbing Code 2012 (IPC 2012), International Mechanical Code 2012 (IMC 2012), International Fuel Gas Code 2012 (IFGC 2012), International Energy Conservation Code 2018 (IECC 2018), International Energy Conservation Code 2009 (IECC 2009), International Energy Conservation Code 2012 (IECC 2012), International Property Maintenance Code 2012 (IPMC 2012), National Electrical Code, 2017, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, 2016, Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals 2018, Guidelines for Design and Construction of Outpatient Facilities 2018, Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities 2018, and the Life Safety Code, 2012.

Tennessee building codes, including the fire and residential codes

Tennessee Agencies

Department of Commerce & Insurance
Website: https://www.tn.gov/commerce/fire/codes-enforcement.html
Address: 500 James Robertson Parkway, Davy Crockett Tower, Nashville, TN 37243
Email: Ask.TDCI@TN.Gov
Phone: 615-741-2241

Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office
Code Enforcement Section
Website: https://www.tn.gov/commerce/fire/codes-enforcement/fire-codes-contact.html
Address: 500 James Robertson Parkway, Davy Crockett Tower, Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 741-7190
Fax: (615) 532-7488

Tennessee Department of Health
Division of Health Licensure and Regulation
Website: https://www.tn.gov/health.html
Address: 710 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, TN 37243
Email: tn.health@tn.gov
Phone: (615) 741-8404