Maine construction law continues to undergo changes in recent years. Generally speaking, the state is moving in the direction of a statewide standard for building codes. There is now a statewide Bureau of Building Codes and Standards and a Uniform Building and Energy Code. This code is designed to set up a standard for all construction in the state but does not go so far as an absolute mandate.
Because some Maine cities do not have to adopt this set of uniform Maine building rules and regualations, all construction-related companies and professionals need to learn how to check on both a local and state level to find applicable Maine building codes.
The best way to keep track of statewide Maine building codes is to follow the Bureau of Building Codes and Standards online. Look in the Resources below to find a link to this agency’s home page.
As of December 2010, the current state building codes are found in the Uniform Building and Energy Code, which has adopted the following third-party codes into Maine construction law:
a. International Building Code
b. International Existing Building Code
c. International Residential Code
d. International Energy Conservation Code
Certain standards of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers are also adopted. Finally, some standards related to radon control are part of the state building code.
Look on the bureau’s web page to get links to these codes.
Determine other sources for these codes. For example, you can look for online copies of the international building codes at the International Code Council’s website (see the online and order pages in the Resources below).
You must also check with your local building department. It is possible in some cases for a local city to use an older version of Maine building codes instead of adopting the most current version. In addition, because each local city in Maine can amend the state building codes even when adopting them, you could encounter compliance issues if you do not check the local laws related to building codes and construction laws.
When checking local amendments, the local city will generally be the only source for such laws simply because publishers usually do not exist for such a small market unless you are paying a hefty price for certain database services. Just check with the local building department to purchase a copy or find out how to get or view a copy for free.
Maine Department of Public Safety Bureau of Building Codes and Standards
International Code Council International Building Codes Online
International Code Council Codes Ordering Page