Codes, Ordinances, Standards and Interpretations

2018 City of Phoenix Building Codes

On June 6, 2018, the Phoenix City Council approved the adoption of the 2018 family of International Building Codes in addition to 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC)

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

Amendments were reviewed 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 2018 City of Phoenix Code

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)

2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)

2017 National Electrical Code (NEC)

2016 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.1 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators

2015 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.3, Section 2.27.8 Switch Keys

2015 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.3 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators

2014 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A18.1, Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts

2010 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.6, Elevator Suspension, Compensation, and Governor Systems

2007 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.7, Performance Code for Elevators and Escalators


To VIEW 2018 Phoenix Construction Code - Public Proposals


 

To VIEW 2018 Codes

 https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/collections/I-Codes


To VIEW information on public hearings for Code Proposals;

 https://www.phoenix.gov/cityclerk/publicmeetings/notices


For questions regarding the code adoption process, you may contact Leah Swanton at Leah.Swanton@Phoenix.gov

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

2012 Uniform Plumbing Code (to purchase)

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 Construction 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 krista.rippee@phoenix.gov​.

Implementation:

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 review process must obtain approval from PDD team leader or Deputy Director
  • Building plans submitted prior to September 1, 2018--Permits can be purchased within 180 days of approval without requiring a code update
  • Other plans and permits on a case-by-case basis as allowed by the Building Official or Deputy Director

For questions, please contact Mark Sipes, at mark.sipes@phoenix.gov