What is the IFC/ICC?

The International Fire Code, or IFC, is a model building code developed by the International Code Council, or ICC. Prior to the formation of the ICC in 1994, three separate regional model building codes were used across the US. In an attempt to create a single, national code, the three existing regional codes came together to develop codes without regional limitations.

The bulk of the International Fire Code is concerned with safety, namely fire prevention. The International Fire Code specifically addresses fire protection in regard to the construction and design of a building. These International Codes, or I-Codes, provide a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention codes. These I-Codes have been adopted by all fifty states and the District of Columbia at the state or jurisdictional level.