There are two major industry standard building codes: International Fire Code (produced by the ICC) and the NFPA Codes and Standards (produced by the National Fire Protection Association). Of the two, the IFC has more widespread adoption, but the codes and standards defined by the NFPA have a strong influence on fire codes in the eastern and southern US states.
Model codes are adopted with local amendments by state and local municipalities as an alternative to creating homegrown codes. The uniformity afforded by model codes saves time, money and lives, and allows professionals such as building engineers and architects to abide to a consistent and proven set of rules. To view our state-by-state directory, visit our Public Safety Ordinances Database.