About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is the largest independent organization engaged in creating model building codes in the United States, with over 100 years of experience in the building safety industry. The comprehensive suite of advanced model building codes published by the International Code Council - the International Codes (I-Codes) – are the most widely used and adopted codes around the world.

The International Code Council is unique among its counterparts in other countries. In the U.S. system, the responsibility for adoption, implementation and enforcement of building codes lies with the states and local jurisdictions. However, there is no central government authority in the U.S. with responsibility for a national building code; rather, building codes are developed through a public-private partnership led by the International Code Council.

The International Code Council was formed in 1994 by three regional code development organizations in the U.S. – the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI) – at the request of the design and construction industry to develop a single set of comprehensive national model codes. The first I-Code was published by the consolidated group in 1995, and in 2003 the three legacy organizations dissolved their independent operations and merged into one single, incorporated entity, the International Code Council.

The I-Codes are updated and published every three years through a robust, open, consensus process that involves all stakeholders and interested parties. This process of regular updates ensures that the I-Codes reflect the most recent developments in building science and technology, consider the use of new construction materials and techniques, and incorporate lessons learned from building failures and disasters impacting the built environment around the world.

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In addition to facilitating the development of the I-Codes, the International Code Council offers a wide range of products and services to help jurisdictions build capacity for the effective implementation and enforcement of their building codes. Many of these products and services are applicable even in jurisdictions not using the I-Codes.

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The International Code Council is a membership organization with over 64,000 individual members from a wide variety of backgrounds, including architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, government officials and students. International Code Council members play an active and critical role in the ongoing development of the I-Codes. Become an International Code Council member and promote building safety in your community.

The ICC Global Membership Council facilitates a globally focused discussion of building safety issues and conducts global outreach programs related to building safety. International Code Council membership is not required to join the Global Membership Council – learn more about how you can get involved.

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