Utah passes some mandatory and some optional building codes at the state level. Local governments have the option of whether to adopt the optional building codes. As such, members of the construction and engineering industries need to learn how to access both state and local resources for Utah building codes. Ready access to the codes is necessary to ensure compliance at all stages of the construction process.
Access the “Utah State Construction Code Adoption Act and State Construction Code” link in the Resources below. This is the statewide building code that applies in all Utah locales. Thus, you need to be familiar with and comply with these construction laws regardless of your Utah construction-related business’s location.
Now, there is always the possibility that this link will go down. If so, check with the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to determine where to find these building codes. Of course, the codes will always be available at a law library in Utah.
Now that you know where to find the mandatory set of Utah state construction and building codes, you need to find the optional codes. These codes may or may not be adopted where you conduct your construction projects, but you should still be aware of what is in them in case you have to comply with these optional codes in the future. Access these by clicking on the “Utah Uniform Building Standard Act Rule” link in the Resources.
Check with your local building department to see which codes apply in your locale and how to find the individual codes. The way that the Utah government creates the overall Construction Code is by adopting codes from outside organizations. A prime example is the International Code Council. As of 2010, the following external codes are adopted in Utah in whole or in part:
a. International Building Code
b. National Electrical Code
c. International Plumbing Code
d. International Mechanical Code
e. International Residential Code
f. International Energy Conservation Code
g. International Fuel Gas Code
h. Federal Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act
i. NFPA 225 Model Manufactured Home Installation Standard
j. Utah Wildland Urban Interface Code
Check the laws closely to see which versions are currently adopted in the state. In addition to checking with your local building department, you can usually find the publisher online to get an online or offline copy of the building codes. See below for links to the International Code Council.
Utah State Construction Code Adoption Act and State Construction Code
Utah Uniform Building Standard Act Rule
Online Copies of International Building Codes from the International Code Council
Ordering Page for Offline Copies of the International Building Codes
Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing Home Page