Code Development

The Construction Industry is ever-changing and our Codes must work in tandem with these advances while staying up-to-date with the latest version of the International Code Council (I-Codes).  The New York City Construction Codes consist of four technical volumes: Building Code, Plumbing Code, Mechanical Code, and Fuel Gas Code; and one administrative volume, the Administrative Code (Title 28), which contains permitting, licensing, fees, and other provisions that apply universally to the four technical volumes.

The City’s Construction Codes are consistently revised and updated by the Department’s Code Development Unit to ensure safe and compliant development.  To that end, the Department organizes a series of Committees to review the technical and administrative provisions of the Codes and help draft Code Revisions to the New York City Construction Codes. 

Additionally, it is the intention of the Department to develop a Code that specifically addresses alterations to existing buildings (a.k.a. the Existing Building Code). The Department has engaged the services of the International Code Council to assist with research and development of the first draft of the NYC Existing Building Code provisions.

Learn more about the Department’s latest Code Development and Code Revision efforts in the 2017 Construction Code Revision Cycle Handbook.


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