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Building Codes

All of our house plans are designed to meet or exceed the standards set by the International Residential Code (IRC), which has become the recognized standard. The IRC has supplanted former building codes including the BOCA, SBCCI, UBC, and CABO codes. This has made it easier for architects to draw up plans that are nearly universally suitable to build across the country and the world.

Some states, counties, and municipalities have their own extra codes, zoning requirements, and building regulations.

However, the 49 states (all but Wisconsin) that have adopted the IRC have typically made very few changes. Modifications may be necessary to meet local building codes, most notably for earthquake concerns, hurricane (wind) design, flood plain issues, or heavy snow loading. Some states and certain cities may also require an architect's or engineer's seal. Where required, these are readily obtained locally for a fee. Nevada is an exception, because plans must be provided by a Nevada Registered Professional.

After you receive your plans, you should consult with your local builder, architect, engineer, or other construction professional to review them before actual construction begins. We cannot be responsible for the advice or assistance you receive from them or for the methods they use. The owner and contractor assume the responsibility to meet all local codes.

The following link offers additional information about building codes:

  • ICC - The International Code Council (ICC) has been the leading source of building and related construction codes for more than 75 years. Our association prides itself on providing excellent products and services to ensure the public's safety.