International Building Code 2009 (IBC 2009)


Chapter 1 Administration

Chapter 2 Definitions

Chapter 3 Use and Occupancy Classification

Chapter 4 Special Detailed Requirements Based on Use and Occupancy

Chapter 5 General Building Heights and Areas; Separation of Occupancies

Chapter 6 Types of Construction

Chapter 7 Fire and Smoke Protection Features

Chapter 8 Interior Finishes

Chapter 9 Fire Protection Systems

Chapter 10 Means of Egress

Chapter 11 Accessibility

Chapter 12 Interior Environment

Chapter 13 Energy Efficiency

Chapter 14 Exterior Walls

Chapter 15 Roof Assemblies and Rooftop Structures

Chapter 16 Structural Design

Chapter 17 Structural Tests and Special Inspections

Chapter 18 Soils and Foundations

Chapter 19 Concrete

Chapter 20 Aluminum

Chapter 21 Masonry

Chapter 22 Steel

Chapter 23 Wood

Chapter 24 Glass and Glazing

Chapter 25 Gypsum Board and Plaster

Chapter 26 Plastic

Chapter 27 Electrical

Chapter 28 Mechanical Systems

Chapter 29 Plumbing Systems

Chapter 30 Elevators and Conveying Systems

Chapter 31 Special Construction

Chapter 32 Encroachments Into the Public Right-Of-Way

Chapter 33 Safeguards During Construction or Demolition

Chapter 34 Reserved

Chapter 35 Referenced Standards

Appendix A Reserved

Appendix B Reserved

Appendix C Reserved

Appendix D Fire Districts

Appendix E Supplementary Accessibility Requirements

Appendix F Rodent-proofing

Appendix G Flood-Resistant Construction

Appendix H Outdoor Signs

Appendix I Reserved

Appendix J Reserved

Appendix K Modified Industry Standards for Elevators and Conveying Systems

Appendix L Reserved

Appendix M Supplementary Requirements for One- And Two-Family Dwellings

Appendix N Assistive Listening Systems Performance Standards

Appendix O Reserved

Appendix P Type B+NYC Unit Toilet and Bathing Rooms Requirements

Appendix Q Modified National Standards for Automatic Sprinkler, Standpipe, Fire Pump and Fire Alarm Systems

Appendix R Acoustical Tile and Lay-In Panel Ceiling Suspension Systems

Appendix S Supplementary Figures for Luminous Egress Path Markings


The New York City Construction Codes reflect the work of many, many people and organizations. The story of the code development, detailed in the following pages, barely scratches the surface of the passion, determination, and focus that launched and kept the effort going from beginning to end. We dedicate this publication of the New York City Construction Codes to two very special people in our code family: Matthew Sapolin, the former Commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, and Fatma M. Amer, PE, the former First Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Buildings. Both Matt and Fatma inspired us to complete this enormous endeavor. They shared the same enthusiasm for code, and had the ability to bridge divergent views in a way that seemed to reflect everyone's interests. Everyone was a winner if they worked with either of these two dynamic individuals. Despite all the hard work, they made you laugh and they made you feel like you were a part of something special. Their fingerprints are found throughout the pages of these codes.

Fatma retired from the Department in April 2011. We miss her, and wish her well in all the new and exciting endeavors that await her.

In November 2011, we were all shocked and saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Matthew Sapolin. Matt chaired the Accessibility Committee during the 2008 and 2014 code revision efforts. He believed that through our efforts we worked to make the City better by making buildings accessible to people of all abilities. His humor and his enthusiasm are remembered and missed.

And so, we thank Fatma and remember Matt, and dedicate this publication of the New York City Construction Codes in her honor, and his memory.

James P. Colgate, RA, Esq. Helen M. Gitelson
Assistant Commissioner Executive Director
Technical Affairs &
Code Development
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