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BUILDING AND FIRE CODE ADOPTION PROCESS

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The City and County of Denver is adopting an updated Building and Fire Code, which will include the 2018 editions of the following international codes:

  • International Building Code
  • International Existing Building Code
  • International Residential Code
  • International Energy Conservation Code
  • International Mechanical Code
  • International Plumbing Code
  • International Fuel Gas Code
  • International Fire Code
  • International Green Construction Code (brand new to Denver – will be voluntary)

As part of this effort, we have taken a hard look at our existing Denver amendments with the goal of eliminating unnecessary sections, jargon, and complexity. 

Anticipated adoption in late 2019

Community Planning and Development anticipates sending the final draft of a new code to City Council by October 2019.

If adopted by City Council, there will likely be a four-month period between the code adoption date and its effective date. During these four months, projects may use either the 2016 code or the new 2019 code, but after the four-month grace period has elapsed, all projects applying for building or fire permits will need to meet the 2019 code.

Major projects that are in the design phase while the 2019 code is being drafted may be able to request an extension to continue using the 2016 code. Review Section 103.10.2 of the current code for the procedure for requesting an extension. (CPD will use this same process for the 2019 code.)


Attend a Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

Community Planning and Development has formed seven technical advisory committees consisting of city staff and industry experts (PDF) to evaluate the new codes and proposed amendments.

Committee meetings are open to the public. All meetings are from 2 - 5 p.m. in room 4.I.5 of the Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver. 

Click the hyperlinked dates below to download agendas. 

International Green Construction Code (IGCC)

Mon., May 20
Mon., June 10
Mon., July 1
Mon., July 22
Mon., Aug. 5

Join an IGCC mtg. remotely:

Access code: 718-972-165 

International Fire Code - Smoke Control sub-committee (IFC-SC)

Tues., May 28
Tues., June 18
Tues., July 9
Tues., July 30
Tues., Aug. 13

Join an IFC-SC mtg. remotely: 

Access code: 906-987-181 

 

International Fire Code (IFC)
 

Tues., May 21
Tues., June 11
Tues., July 2
Tues., July 23
Tues., Aug. 6

Join an IFC mtg. remotely: 

Access code: 671-519-341 

Int'l Fuel Gas, Mechanical, & Plumbing Codes (IFGC/IMC/IPC)

Wed., May 29
Wed., June 19
Wed., July 10
Wed., July 31
Wed., Aug. 14 - Room 4.I.4

Join an M/P mtg. remotely: 

Access code: 731-466-413 

 

International Residential Code (IRC)

Wed., May 22
Wed., June 12
Wed., July 3
Wed., July 24
Wed., Aug. 7 - Room 4.F.3

Join an IRC mtg. remotely: 

Access code: 509-847-493 

International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

Thurs., May 30
Thurs., June 20
Thurs., July 11
Thurs., Aug. 1
Thurs., Aug. 15

Join an IECC mtg. remotely: 

Access code: 375-634-997 

 

International Building Code & Existing Building Code (IBC/IEBC)

Thurs., May 23
Thurs., June 13
Mon., July 8
Thurs., July 25
Thurs., Aug. 8

Join an IBC/IEBC mtg. remotely: 

Access code: 799-312-877 

 

Review Proposed Amendments

All city code adoptions are a public process. The period to propose an amendment for the 2019 Building and Fire Code was from March 11 - May 10, 2019. Each proposal received has been published below. These will be considered and voted upon by technical advisory committees before being included in the final code draft.

Community Planning and Development has also proposed a bundle of amendments to be voted upon as a group, unless a committee member or member of the public requests that a specific amendment be called out for discussion and a separate vote. These are noted below as "the city's bundle of amendments." 

All documents are PDF downloads. If you use assistive technology and need help accessing or reading the content in any of these documents, please contact CPDCommunications@denvergov.org.

Last update date: May 24, 2019

Amendment proposals that will be considered as a group, unless a separate vote is requested:

Last update date: May 15, 2019

Community Planning and Development has proposed the amendments below, which will be voted on as a group unless a committee member or member of the public requests that a specific amendment be called out for discussion and a separate vote. These amendments will considered by the appropriate code committee. (IBC amendments will be voted on as a block by the IBC/IEBC code committee, etc.) 

All files are PDF downloads. The numbers correspond to the summary spreadsheet (XLS). 

Amendments to the existing 2016 code are presented first, and amendments to the 2018 I-codes are at the end.

DBC-Administrative Provisions:

DBC-IBC Amendments:

DBC-IEBC Amendments:

DBC-IECC Amendments:

DBC-IMC Amendments:

DBC-IPC Amendments:

DBC-IRC Amendments:

DBC-IFC Amendments:

2018 I-Codes:

These amendments will considered by the appropriate code committee. (IBC amendments will be voted on as a block by the IBC/IEBC code committee, etc.) Anyone can request that a specific amendment be called out for discussion and a separate vote.

Amendment proposals that will be considered individually (by base code):

These amendments to the 2016 Denver Amendments will be discussed and voted on individually by the appropriate code committee. (IBC amendments will be voted on by the IBC/IEBC code committee, etc.)

All files are PDF downloads.

DBC-Administrative Provisions

DBC-IBC

DBC-IEBC

DBC-IECC

DBC-IFC

DBC-IMC

DBC-IPC

DBC-IFGC

DBC-IRC

These amendments will be discussed and voted on individually by the IBC/IEBC code committee.

All files are PDF downloads.

These amendments will be discussed and voted on individually by the IECC code committee. 

All files are PDF downloads.

Residential Provisions

Commercial Provisions

These amendments will be discussed and voted on individually by the IFC code committee. 

All files are PDF downloads.

Proposals will be published here once checked for completeness and clarity.


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