Adopted Codes

The City of Cortez has adopted the following Building Codes:

  • 2015 International Building Code
  • 2015 International Residential Code (except section R313, Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems)
  • 2009 International Mechanical Code
  • 2009 International Plumbing Code
  • 2009 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2009 International Existing Building Code
  • 2009 International Energy Efficiency Code
  • 2015 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2009 International Fire Code
  • ANSI A117.1 -2003 Edition Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
  • NFPA 211 Standards for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances, 2000 Edition
  • Colorado Manufactured Housing Installations, State Resolution #37
  • Local Ordinance #851, Series 1997 Construction Standards for Straw Bale Homes

What is A Building Code?

Practically, it is the government’s official statement on building safety. Technically, it is a compendium of minimum safety standards arranged in a systematic manner (codified) for easy reference. It embraces all aspects of building construction––fire,structural, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical

Who Needs Building Codes? 

We all do––whether in our homes, offices, schools, stores, factories, or places of entertainment. We rely on the safety of structures that surround us in our everyday living. The public need for protection from disaster due to fire, structural collapse, and general deterioration underscores the need for modern codes and their administration. 

How Reliable Are They?

Most aspects of building construction––electrical wiring, heating, sanitary facilities––represent a potential hazard to building occupants and users. Building codes provide safeguards. Although no code can eliminate all risks, reducing risks to an acceptable level helps.