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The 2013 District of Columbia Construction Codes, consisting of 11 of the 2012 International Codes published by the International Code Council (ICC) and the 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code published by the National Fire Protection Association, with changes, deletions and/or additions

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There is a $2000 fine (per infraction) for:

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The DC Construction Codes specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed objects such as buildings and non-building structures.

Doing business in DC
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In order to operate legally in the District of Columbia, all businesses must be licensed.

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In order to ensure that Inspection Agencies are qualified to perform Third Party Inspections, they must provide the Code Official with documented evidence that they comply with the minimum qualification requirements set forth in the Construction Codes and the Procedure Manual and such evidence mu

Emergency preparedness
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To add, replace, remodel or repair fuel-burning or unfired pressure vessel equipment such as furnaces or boilers, you must apply for a boiler permit. There are three different types of boiler permits:

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Technical Advisory Groups (TAG) Information

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Careful consideration should be given to a company’s legal structure. Some questions to ask:

The Office of the Surveyor records Plats and Plans of Condominiums in the District of Columbia. The documents are drawn and certified by engineers, architects and surveyors licensed in the District of Columbia. The Surveyor’s Office does not produce these plats and plans, only records them.

Building Code - 2012 Code Change Cycle

Electrical Code - 2012 Code Change Cycle

Existing Building Code - 2012 Code Change Cycle

Fire Code - 2012 Code Change Cycle

Fuel Gas Code - 2012 Code Change Cycle

Mechanical Code - 2012 Code Change Cycle

Plumbing Code - 2012 Code Change Cycle

Property Maintenance Code - 2012 Code Change Cycle

Residential Code - 2012 Code Change Cycle


In March 2009, the Mayor established the Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCCB) to replace the Building Code Advisory Committee (BCAC).

In these tough economic times, we know that every dollar you spend is precious. The Government of the District of Columbia wants to be sure you are getting exactly what you pay for.