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Jan. 22, 2015

Minnesota's new state building codes go into effect Jan. 24

Many of Minnesota's new state building codes go into effect Jan. 24, 2015.

The codes provide building standards to regulate the design, construction, addition, alteration, repair, use and location of buildings and structures. They are based on the 2012 International Code Council (ICC) model codes and contain Minnesota-specific construction provisions for structural, life-safety, fire-safety and moisture protection. Minnesota's state building code has not been updated since 2007.

2015 Minnesota State Building Codes

Effective date

Minnesota Accessibility Code Jan. 24, 2015
Minnesota Building Code Administration Jan. 24, 2015
Minnesota Conservation Code for Existing Buildings Jan. 24, 2015
Minnesota Elevator and Related Devices Code Jan. 24, 2015
Minnesota Mechanical and Fuel Gas Code Jan. 24, 2015
Minnesota Provisions to the State Building Code Jan. 24, 2015
Minnesota Residential Code Jan. 24, 2015
Minnesota Residential Energy Code Feb. 14, 2015
Minnesota Radon Code Feb. 14, 2015
Minnesota Building Code June 2, 2015
Minnesota Commercial Energy Code June 2, 2015


Code books

For the 2015 Minnesota Building Codes, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) contracted with ICC to produce Minnesota-specific code books to include only those chapters from the model codes used in Minnesota and state-specific amendments. The code books can be purchased or viewed online at no cost at www.dli.mn.gov/CCLD/Codes15.asp. In addition, a first-ever, Spanish edition of Minnesota's Residential Code will be made available for purchase and for free online access.

Future code adoption

ICC publishes new codes every three years. DLI has determined it will not propose any new ICC model codes for Minnesota until 2018. This decision was reached after hearing from multiple affected stakeholders who preferred the stability of working with the new codes for another four to six years. However, DLI will still propose new code amendments if special needs or opportunities arise, such as advances in technology, safety or materials.

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