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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.

To learn more, see our code bulletin about the implementation of the 2018 international codes.

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 Code1
Philadelphia Residential Code 2018 International Residential Code2
Philadelphia Mechanical Code 2018 International Mechanical Code
Philadelphia Existing Building Code 2018 International Existing Building Code1
Philadelphia Electrical Code 2017 National Electric Code
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 Code1 3
Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code

1 The accessibility provisions of the 2018 International Codes shall apply. The 2021 accessibility provisions adopted under the PA Construction Code Act are rescinded.

2 The residential provisions of the 2015 IRC, 2015 IECC, and 2014 NEC may be applied to applications filed up to August 13, 2022. Please see Code Bulletin B-2202 for more information.

3 The 2018 Philadelphia Plumbing Code amendments that took effect on April 1, 2024, are not yet available on the ICC site. Please see the American Legal and the FAQ for a summary of the recent changes.