On June 21, 2018, City Council approved the adoption of the 2018 International Code Council (ICC) Building-related, Fire and Property Maintenance codes and local amendments to be effective, October 1, 2018.
In accordance with City Code Sections 10-14(a)(5) and 11-40 - section 108, the City’s Building-related and Fire Codes Appeals and Advisory Board (BRFCAAB) has begun the process of conducting public hearings on nationally recognized building-related and fire codes (building, existing building, residential, fire, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fuel gas and energy codes), in order to make recommendations to the Building Official and Fire Chief for adoption or local amendment.
2018 International Fire Code Adoption and Amendment Process - May 2018
2018 Chapter 10 Proposed Amendments Draft #17 - 06-06-2018
2018 ICC Significant Code Changes Updates - 04-17-2018
As part of that process, the BRFCAAB is reviewing the technical provisions of the following codes:
2018 International Building Code, IBC
2018 International Existing Building Code, IEBC
2018 International Residential Code, IRC
2018 International Fire Code, IFC
2018 International Mechanical Code, IMC
2018 International Plumbing Code, IPC
2018 International Fuel Gas Code, IFGC
2018 International Energy Conservation Code, IECC
2017 National Electrical Code, NEC
At the Board meeting on October 4th, 2017, the BRFCAAB established the following subcommittees in accordance with City Code Section 10-14(a)(5):
• Mechanical Code Subcommittee - Completed the review on November 9, 2017
• Plumbing and Fuel Gas Code Subcommittee – Completed the review on December 12, 2017
• Building, Existing Building, Residential, and Fire Code Subcommittee next meeting dates:
Existing Building - April 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m.- Board Room
Fire Code and Residential - April 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - Board Room
Residential - May 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - Board Room
• Energy Conservation Code Subcommittee - May 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - Board Room
• Chapter 10 Building-Related Codes Subcommittee - May 22, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - Board Room
All meetings will be held at 1901 S. Alamo in the designated meeting rooms unless otherwise noted.
*The BRFCAAB Chairman created the Electrical Code Subcommittee in February 2017.
These subcommittees will be holding open public hearings to review the technical provisions of the new codes and proposed amendments thereto. All code review subcommittee meetings and public hearings will be posted. DSD and SAFD recommend that all interested stakeholders participate to help us once again adopt the appropriate minimum building-related and fire codes for San Antonio.
Once all of the subcommittees complete their reviews, they will present their recommendations to the full BRFCAAB for review and consideration. Once the full board completes their review, the Board will make a recommendation to the Building Official and Fire Chief who will present their recommendations on a Code Adoption Ordinance to the Community Heath and Equity Council Committee.
As reported earlier this year, the BRFCAAB Electrical Code Subcommittee was formed in February 2017 to review the 2017 NEC. The subcommittee completed its review on September 11, 2017.
DSD will post and maintain a calendar of the proposed subcommittee technical review meetings.