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Codes - DCRA

The District of Columbia adopts the International Codes (I-Codes) published by the International Code Council (ICC), and the National Electrical Code (NEC) published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), subject to any 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 Construction Codes Supplement).

On March 28, 2014, the District of Columbia adopted 11 of  the 2012 I-Codes and the  NFPA’s 2011 NEC with changes, deletions, and/or additions set forth in the 2013 Construction Codes Supplement, 12 DCMR, Subtitles A through L.

The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety, property maintenance, and fire prevention codes that have been adopted in fifty states and the District of Columbia. For further information about the ICC and its code development process, please refer to the ICC’s website at www.iccsafe.org.

The Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCCB) is appointed by the Mayor and reviews and accepts or rejects proposals for changes, deletions and/or additions to the District of Columbia’s Construction Codes.  Technical Advisory Groups are established to support the work of the CCCB.

Code change proposals approved by the CCCB are provided to the Mayor of the District of Columbia as proposed rulemakings subject to action by the City Council. Until adopted pursuant to a final notice of rulemaking and approved by the City Council, changes to existing regulations are not effective and do not obligate any final decision made by the Code Official.

The 2013 District of Columbia Construction Codes are available on the DCRA website

The 2013 District of Columbia Construction Codes Supplement can be purchased from the Office of Documents and Administrative Issuances. Title 12 DCMR is also available online at www.dcregs.dc.gov.

DCRA publishes Administrative Bulletins in the DC Register, to communicate official Department policies and interpretations, in order to assist applicants, staff and the public in following operational, technical and legal procedures. DCRA’s Administrative Bulletins are available on the DCRA website.