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Boulder County Building Code Amendments

The Boulder County Building Code Amendments are adopted by the Board of County Commissioners.

All permits applications to the Boulder County Land Use Department, Building Safety and Inspections Services Division are currently reviewed and inspected under the 2012 editions (unless otherwise noted) of the following International Code Standards:

  • International Building Code (IBC)
  • International Residential Code (IRC)
  • International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
  • International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • International Plumbing Code (IPC)
  • National Electric Code (NEC 2011 edition)
  • International Green Construction Code (IGCC)
  • International Code Council Performance Code (ICCPC)

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Proposed 2015 Codes Adoption

Boulder County is in the process of updating the current 2012 International Building Codes to the latest 2015 editions. The new codes are proposed to be effective in unincorporated Boulder County for all building permit applications received after January 1, 2016.

The county is seeking input and feedback regarding the proposed Building Code adoptions. To learn more, attend an upcoming public meeting, call 720-564-2602, or email building_official@bouldercounty.org. Information on the proposed 2015 Boulder County Building Code Adoption is posted on the Board of Review page.

2015 Boulder County Building Code update schedule:

  • Tuesday, July 14, 4 – 6 p.m.: Boulder County Board of Review public meeting and work session to seek input and feedback, at the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room, 3rd Floor, Main Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80302.
  • Thursday, August 6, 3 – 5 p.m.: Second Boulder County Board of Review public meeting and work session to seek input and feedback, at the Caribou Room, 2nd Floor, Land Use Department, Courthouse Annex, 2045 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302.
  • Tuesday, August 11, 12 – 1:30 p.m.: Colorado Green Building Guild August Brown Bag, “Proposed 2015 Boulder County Building Code Amendments,” at the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder, Houston Room, 1750 33rd Street, Boulder, CO 80301.
  • (Note time change) Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 3 – 5 p.m.: Board of Review public hearing and work session to seek input and feedback, at the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room, 3rd Floor, Main Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80302.
  • (New) Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 3 – 5 p.m.: Board of Review public hearing to take action and make a formal recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners, at the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room, 3rd Floor, Main Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80302.
  • (Date changed) Thursday, October 22, 2015, 2 – 4 p.m.: Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing to adopt the proposed code updates, at the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room, 3rd Floor, Main Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80302.
  • Monday, January 4, 2016: All building permit applications received for projects in unincorporated Boulder County will be subject to the new 2015 codes.

2012 Codes Adoption & Amendments Summary

Boulder County has updated and amended the building code adoptions to the latest 2012 editions of the International Codes. These changes, which went into effect on January 1, 2013, apply to construction on properties located in the unincorporated portions of Boulder County (outside of the cities and towns), although plan reviews and inspections are currently performed in the Town of Jamestown.

View the 2012 Boulder County Building Code Amendments.

Please see Resolution 2012-50 - Amendments to the Boulder County Building Code for changes to the Code. Please contact the Building Safety & Inspection Services Team at 303-441-3926 or building_official@bouldercounty.org if you have questions or need additional information about this change.

The International Code Council (ICC) publishes new editions of their family of nationally recognized model codes every 3 years, with 2012 being the latest edition.

Boulder County Building Code Documents

Note: Previous versions of the Boulder County Building Code Amendments are available as reference for all building permits issued prior to the current Amendments. Please contact Building Safety and Inspection Services for a copy of older Amendments.


 

Contacts

Land Use Building Safety and Inspection Services

Email
Main: 303-441-3926
Fax: 303-441-4856

Courthouse Annex Building

2045 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Hours:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M, W, TH, F
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
Plan review services for building permits are not available on Tuesdays.
Building permits can be applied for and issued until 4 p.m.
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PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306
www.bouldercounty.org

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