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International Code Council: The Update Process for the International Codes and Standards

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National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce.




The International Code Council (ICC), promulgator of the International Codes (“I-Codes”) and Standards, maintains a process for updating the entire family of International Codes based on receipt of proposals from interested individuals and organizations involved in the construction industry as well as the general public. The first edition of the I-Codes was the 2000 edition. The codes are updated every three years (2003 current edition, 2006 editions, etc.) with an intervening Supplement published every 18 months. There are two hearings for each code development cycle; the first hearing (Code Development Hearing) where a committee considers the proposals and recommends an action on each proposal, followed by the assembled members of ICC afforded the opportunity to vote; and the second hearing (Final Action Hearing) to consider comments submitted in response to the committee action on proposals. The schedule is printed below.

The purpose of this request is to increase public participation in the system used by ICC to develop and maintain its codes and standards. The publication of this notice by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on behalf of ICC is being undertaken as a public service; NIST does not necessarily endorse, approve, or recommend any of the codes or standards referenced in the notice.


The 2003/2004 Code Development Cycle will start with the Code Development Hearings on September 5-14, 2003, at the Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, Tennessee. This will be followed by the Final Action Hearing tentatively scheduled for May 17-20, 2004, in Overland Park, Kansas.

Completion of this cycle results in the 2004 Supplement to the International Codes.

The agenda for the hearing as well as updates to the schedule are also posted on the ICC Web site at:

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Mike Pfeiffer, PE, Vice President, Codes and Standards Development at ICC's Chicago Regional Office, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, Illinois 60478, Telephone 708/799-2300, Extension 338.

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ICC produces the only family of Codes and Standards that are comprehensive, coordinated and necessary to regulate the built environment. Federal agencies frequently use these codes and standards as the basis for developing federal regulations concerning new and existing construction.

The Code Development Process is initiated when proposals from interested persons, supported by written data, views, or arguments are solicited and published in the Proposed Changes document. This document is distributed a minimum of 30 days in advance of the first hearing and serves as the agenda.

At the first hearing (Code Development Hearing), the ICC Code Development Committee considers testimony on every proposal and acts on each one individually (Approval, Disapproval, or Approval as Modified). The assembled body of all ICC members is then afforded the opportunity to vote on the proposal if they disagree with the Committee. The results are published in a report entitled the Report of the Public Hearing, which identifies the disposition of each proposal and the reason for the committee's action. Anyone wishing to submit a comment on the committee's action, expressing support or opposition to the action, is provided the opportunity to do so. Comments received are published and distributed in a document called the Final Action Agenda which serves as the agenda for the second hearing. Proposals which are approved by a vote of the Active Governmental Members of ICC at the second hearing (Final Action Hearing) are incorporated in either the Supplement or Edition, as applicable, with the next cycle starting with the submittal deadline for proposals.

Proponents of proposals automatically receive a copy of all documents (Proposed Changes, Report of the Public Hearing and Final Action Agenda). Interested parties may also request a copy, free of charge, from ICC's Chicago Regional Office at: International Code Council, Chicago Regional Office, 4051 W. Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795 or download a copy from the ICC Web site at

The International Codes and Standards consist of the following:

International Building Code

ICC Electrical Code

International Energy Conservation Code

International Existing Building Code

International Fire Code

International Fuel Gas Code

International Mechanical Code

ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities

International Plumbing Code Start Printed Page 42400

International Private Sewage Disposal Code

International Property Maintenance Code

International Residential Code

International Urban-Wildland Interface Code

International Zoning Code

ICC/ANSI A 117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities

ICC Standard on Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands

ICC is currently in the process of developing two new standards, one on Storm Shelters and one on Hurricane Resistant Construction.

The maintenance process for ICC Standards follows a similar process of soliciting proposals, committee action, public comment, and ultimately the update and publication of the standard.

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Dated: July 9, 2003.

Arden L. Bement, Jr.,


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[FR Doc. 03-18142 Filed 7-16-03; 8:45 am]