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Applicable codes

These codes keep people safe and protect the integrity of our neighborhoods.

Applicable codes

In most cases, the City of Philadelphia follows the 2018 International Code Council’s (ICC) family of codes with local exceptions.

For residential construction, the City follows the 2015 International Residential Code. 

To learn more, view Code Bulletin: Implementation of the 2018 International Codes(PDF).

For a complete listing of applicable codes, see the table below.
Philadelphia Code International Code Edition
The Philadelphia Administrative Code
Philadelphia Building Code 2018 International Building Code
Philadelphia Residential Code 2015 International Residential Code
Philadelphia Mechanical Code 2018 International Mechanical Code
Philadelphia Existing Building Code 2018 International Existing Building Code
Philadelphia Electrical Code 2017 National Electric Code (per 2018 IBC)
2014 National Electrical Code (per 2015 IRC)
Philadelphia Performance Code 2018 International Performance Building Code
Philadelphia Energy Conservation Code 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
Philadelphia Fire Code 2018 Philadelphia Fire Code
Philadelphia Fuel Gas Code 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
Philadelphia Zoning Code
Philadelphia Plumbing Code 2018 International Plumbing Code
Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code