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Standards and Codes at CU Boulder: Find Building Codes

In this guide, you'll find information about standards and codes at CU Boulder and how to find them; standards issuing organizations, including those that provide free access; as well as how to obtain standards not held by the Libraries.

What are Building Codes?

  • Rules for the construction of buildings and structures to protect safety and health
  • Address fire, safety, structure, plumbing, electrical and mechanical aspects of buildings
  • Codes are established by local municipalities but are often based on national recommendations

Finding Building Codes

1. Search Local Municipality for Building Codes

  • Building codes are generally based on the International Code Council’s (ICC) model codes, but every state and municipality has its own code adoption process and may choose to modify codes to meet local needs.
  • Conduct an internet search of local and state building codes and related information for your building site.


2. Search for International Code Council (ICC) codes in MADCAD (link below)

  • MADCAD's eLibrary provides online access to building codes and standards.

3. Other Important Guidelines for Building Design and Construction

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has ADA Accessibility Guidelines that designers/builders must take into consideration. These requirements are often not addressed in building codes and are subject to legal action by individuals if not incorporated into design.
  • The Federal Fair Housing Act also has Fair Housing Rights and Obligations for meeting the needs of people with disabilities.
  • The Fair Housing Act Design Manual provides assistance in meeting the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act.
  • Some important codes--such as fire and plumbing codes--are often not addressed specifically in building codes and may not be checked for when building plans are submitted for review. They may be discovered during physical inspection, so it is important to incorporate them into planning and design.

Colorado Specific Codes

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