Prepare to hold onto your 2012 North Carolina Building Code until 2019.
On March 11, 2014, the N.C. Building Code Council voted to update the commercial building code once every six years, instead of once every three years under current regulations. The six-year commercial code cycle now mirrors the update schedule for the residential code, which was changed to a six-year cycle by House Bill 120, signed into law by Governor McCrory on June 19, 2013.
As an exception to the new six-year rule for commercial buildings, the electrical code will continue to be updated on a three-year cycle.
The Council’s vote to place the commercial code update on a parallel track with the residential code’s six-year cycle was close: 9-6. Why such a sharp split?
N.C. Insurance Commissioner & State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin (courtesy ncdoi.com)
Good news, residential builders and local permitting authorities. According to this press release that the Office of Insurance Commissioner / State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin kindly e-mailed to me just moments ago, the entire 2012 N.C. Residential Code will be available online no later than 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, February 28, at this website, and at no cost.
As Mr. Goodwin writes in his release: “There is no need and no justification for jurisdictions to delay the issuance of building permits, as the 2012 N.C. Residential Code will be readily available prior to its March 1 effective date.” Kudos to Mr. Goodwin for arranging for this accommodation with the International Code Council.