The D.C. Construction Codes specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed objects such as buildings and non-building structures. The D.C. Construction Codes also contain property maintenance provisions that apply to lots and building sites, as well as any buildings or structures located on lots or sites. The main purpose of the Construction Codes is to protect public health, safety and general welfare of the occupants or users of buildings and structures and the general public. When approved by the D.C. Council, the Construction Codes become law. Although the Construction Codes contain the most extensive requirements governing construction and property maintenance in the District of Columbia, property owners must also be cognizant of and comply with other local laws and regulations, including but not limited to Zoning Regulations (11 DCMR), housing business licensing requirements, and laws governing unsafe structures and vacant properties.
Effective December 26, 2008, the District of Columbia adopted the 2006 edition of the International Codes (I-Codes) published by the International Code Council (ICC), and the 2005 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), subject to changes, deletions and/or additions to the I-Codes or the NEC as set forth in Title 12 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) (the D.C. Construction Codes Supplement).
For further information about the ICC and its code development process, please refer to the ICC’s website at www.iccsafe.org. The I-Codes are copyrighted by the ICC or NFPA, as applicable, and are therefore not republished here. A copy of the ICC text may be obtained at: http://www.iccsafe.org/Store/Pages/Category.aspx. A copy of the NEC text may be obtained at: http://www.nfpa.org. Copies of the codes can also be purchased directly from these organizations.