North Dakota Building Codes and Contacts

The following information is reprinted with permission from the Building Codes Assistance Project:
North Dakota climate zones
Current Commercial Code

North Dakota State Building Code; energy provisions are voluntary only and based on the 2009 IECC.
Effective 1/1/2014

Current Residential Code

North Dakota State Building Code; energy provisions are voluntary only and based on the 2009 IECC.
Effective 1/1/2014

North Dakota is a Home Rule state where the State Building Code applies only to jurisdictions that choose to adopt it. If a city, county, or township elects to adopt and enforce building codes, it must adopt and enforce the State Building Code. However, a jurisdiction is permitted to further amend the State Building Code to conform to local needs. Fully chartered Home Rule Cities may adopt something other than the State Building Code, but at the present time, all that enforce a building code have elected to adopt the same individual codes that make up the State Building Code.

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Climate Zones: 6A, 7

Code Adoption and Change Process

Code Change Process

Legislative and Regulatory Process: The North Dakota Department of Commerce, in cooperation with the Building Code Advisory Committee, adopts rules to implement, amend, and periodically update the state building code. Rules and regulations associated with a new code are established through the Administrative Practices Act.

Code Change Cycle

New editions of the code are considered for adoption as they become available.

Next Code Update

The North Dakota Building Code Advisory Committee will meet several times in 2016 to review new codes, presumably excluding the energy code. The new version of the statewide code is expected to be effective at the beginning of 2017.

You can read more about the 2015 code adoption cycle here.

North Dakota Code Contacts

Bruce Hagen
Weatherization Program Manager
North Dakota Department of Commerce
Email: bahagen@nd.gov

Isaac Elnecave
Senior Policy Manager
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)
Email: ielnecave@mwalliance.org

This information was compiled by the Building Codes Assistance Project, and used with their permission.