Online building codes are becoming widely available due to their convenience and the ability to keep them updated without having to issue addenda. Here is a list of the FREE codes that we are aware of. If you know of any that should be added to this list, please let us know.

A new startup called Up.codes offers free searchable versions of the iCodes, ADA codes, and NYC codes.

International Code Council

The International Code Council provides free code references for a number of states, plus free access to the International Codes. It is important to refer to the specific requirements for your local jurisdiction since many state and local agencies have modifications to the code. Here is a list of links to some common codes:

Don't see the International Code you need? Here is the full list of I-Codes so you can find what you are looking for.

Did you know that the iCodes are available for purchase on Amazon? We've added links below for the versions available for purchase.

International Building Code

International Residential (One and Two Family) Code

International Existing Building Code

International Energy Conservation Code

International Fire Code

International Plumbing Code

International Mechanical Code

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National Fire Protection Association (United States)

The NFPA is the world's leading advocate for fire prevention. They provide free access to the latest edition of their codes (registration is required). Below is a list of some of the most referenced codes for architects:

United States Access Board

The US Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for the disabled. They are responsible for maintaining the accessibility guidelines for public buildings and spaces in the United States. It is important to refer to the specific requirements for your local jurisdiction since many state and local agencies have more stringent requirements than the federal codes. Below are links to specific codes and laws:

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