Tennessee Building Codes

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 2012 (IECC 2012), International Energy Conservation Code 2018 (IECC 2018), International Energy Conservation Code 2009 (IECC 2009), International Property Maintenance Code 2012 (IPMC 2012), National Electrical Code, 2017, Life Safety Code, 2012, and the Life Safety Code, 2018.

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
500 James Robertson Parkway
Davy Crockett Tower
Nashville
TN
37243
Phone: 615-741-2241 Email: Ask.TDCI@TN.Gov