Building Codes

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".

All permits submitted as of May 1, 2016 will be required to meet the new 2015 codes and ordinances. Permits submitted prior to May 1, 2016 will fall under the previous 2012 codes and ordinances.

Local Amendments
The following is a listing of local amendments adopted by the City of Southlake related to building construction codes. For further information on these amendments please contact the Building Inspections division.

International Building Codes:
International Mechanical Codes:
International Energy Conservation Codes:

International Fuel Gas Codes:


International Fire Codes: International Plumbing Codes:
International Residential Codes:

International Existing Building Codes:


The Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act establishes the 2014 NEC as the minimum standard for all electrical work in Texas. Southlake has no local amendments to the NEC. See the TDLR website for additional information below.
Historical Building Codes
The building codes history provides a summary of all adopted building codes in the City of Southlake.
International Building Codes:
International Building Codes: