The Building Codes are a set of universally accepted standards adopted as guidelines for construction of buildings and related operations. The term "building codes" is a generic phrase that actually encompasses several individual codes, each of which must be adopted by the City Council before they can be applied or enforced. These codes are periodically updated, primarily due to new products entering the marketplace, and then minor revisions may be made in the adopting ordinance under the term "local amendments".
The following is a listing of local amendments adopted by the City of Southlake related to building construction codes.
International Building Code:
International Mechanical Code:
International Energy Conservation Code:
International Fuel Gas Code:
International Fire Code:
International Plumbing Codes:
International Residential Code:
International Existing Building Code:
International Property Maintenance Code:
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code:
View these codes for free: I-Codes
2021 Building Codes
Recently, the Planning and Development Services Department held a training seminar at Legends Hall for local builders, contractors, and staff on the newly adopted 2021 International Building Codes. The training seminar was conducted by Frank Morris, CBO, CFM, MCP, MCEP, CSP, who has over 47 years of experience in the construction industry and is one of the top certified building officials. The session focused on the major changes to the 2021 International Residential Code (IRC), the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code, and the 2021 international Building Code (IBC). This does not include all the significant changes. See each code for full code changes.
Effective September 1, 2023: The State of Texas has adopted the 2023 National Electrical Code.
Effective November 7, 2023: The City of Southlake approved Ordinance 1280 adopting the 2023 National Electrical Code.
The Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act requires the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to adopt the latest edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) as the electrical code for the state of Texas. TDLR has adopted the 2023 NEC as the electrical code for the state of Texas to establish it as the "minimum standard" for all electrical work in Texas. See the TDLR website for additional information: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Historical Building Codes
The building codes history provides a summary of all adopted building codes in the City of Southlake.
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