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2018 City of Phoenix Building Construction Codes

On June 6, 2018, the Phoenix City Council approved the adoption of the 2018 Phoenix Building Construction Code (PBCC).

Standard plans approved under the 2012 Phoenix Building Construction Code will remain in ​effect until July 1, 2019.

Amendments were approved in the following order; Code Committee(s), Development Advisory Board (DAB) Technical Subcommittee or DAB Administrative Subcommittee, full Development Advisory Board (DAB), Downtown, Aviation, Economy, and Innovation (DAEI) Subcommittee and the Formal City Council.

To VIEW Amendments to the 2018 City of Phoenix Building Construction Code, per Ordinance G-6463

2018 International Building Code (IBC)​

2018 International Residential Code (IRC)

2018 International Mechanical Code (IMC)

2018 International Plumbing Code (IPC)

2018 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC)

2018 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)

2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

2018 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)

2012 International Green Construction Code (IGCC)-Optional

2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)

2017 National Electrical Code (NEC)

2018 Phoenix Fire Code​ -  with link to amendments effective July 3, 2021 with Ordinance G-6854

ASME Elevator Codes​


To VIEW 2018 Codes

ADA Codes are referenced in the 2018 International Building Code, as well as ICC A117.1-2009 and the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

For questions regarding the code adoption process, you may contact our Building Official section at ​​ .​


To VIEW information on Building Construction Codes Implementation;

2018 Code Implementation Memo 

The 2012 Phoenix Building Construction Code became effective July 1, 2013.

Building codes are published to meet the needs of local jurisdictions charged with enforcement of building standards for construction and use, and are updated to reflect the latest standards of life-safety and construction technology. The amendments to the 2012 building codes were adopted by City Council on May 15, 2013, following an open discussion with the community.

The following lists the adopted city of Phoenix base codes and amendment packages. Remember, a complete code package includes both the adopted base code and the Phoenix amendment package. For code adoption effective dates, refer to:

The City of Phoenix adopted a few select provisions of the 2015 I-Codes as amendments to our current 2012 PBCC.  These amendments became effective on November 1, 2016.

View City Council approved code amendments, per Ordinance G-6199, with an effective date of Nov. 1.​​​​

30 Day Hold for Commercial Structures 50 years and older

To view the base codes adopted, select from the following links:

2012 International Code Council Codes​

2011 National Electrical Code/NFPA-70

To view all of the city's code amendments, select the appropriate PDF formatted links below.

To view amendments incorporated after the adoption of the 2012 Phoenix Building Construc​tion Code, select the appropriate PDF formatted links below. These amendments also appear in the discipline-specific amendments above.

  • Ordinance G-5896 adopted February 26, 2014
    IBC 105.2. Work exempt from permit
    IBC 119 Journeyman/Apprentice Licenses
    IBC 706.1.1 Party Walls
    IRC R313 Sprinklers
    UPC 912 Air Admittance Valves

​If you need further information or would like to speak to someone in person, please contact Planning & Development at 602-495-7462 or email at​.​



 On June 6, 2018, the Phoenix City Council approved the adoption of the 2018 Phoenix Building Construction Code (PBCC).  Standard plans approved under the 2012 PBCC will remain in effect until June 30th, 2019. 

Beginning on July 1, 2019, permits may only be issued using approved standard plans compliant with the 2018 PBCC.


For more information about standard plan resubmittal please contact




Standard plans submitted for review beginning September 1, 2018 will need to comply with the 2018 Phoenix Building Construction Code.

Applicants submitting between July 6 and August 31, 2018 will have the choice between the 2012 Phoenix Building Codes and the 2018 Phoenix Building Codes.

The choice cannot be changed after plans have been submitted for review.

2012 Phoenix Construction Code will remain in effect for plans submitted through December 31, 2018 for the following:

  • Standard plans approved under the 2012 Phoenix Building Construction Code will remain in effect until July 1, 2019.
  • Building plans for projects currently in the review process must obtain approval from PDD Team Leader or Deputy Director.
  • Building plans submitted prior to September1, 2018 – Permits can be purchased within 180 days of approval without requiring a code update.
  • Other plans and permits are on a case-by case basis, as allowed by the Building Official or Deputy Director.
  • For residential code questions, please click here: or call (602) 262-7884 during regular business hours.
  • For questions regarding zoning (required property setbacks, allowed uses) please click here or call (602) 262-7131 during regular business hours.
  • For all other construction related inquiries please call (602) 262-7811​​​