Florida Building Codes

Florida Building Code is a comprehensive set of regulations governing construction and safety standards in the Sunshine State. It covers architectural design, construction materials, and safety measures, ensuring the structural integrity and resilience of buildings throughout Florida.

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Current Commercial Code

7th Edition Florida Building Code, based on the 2018 International Building Code (IBC), with Florida-specific amendments. Includes the Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation, based on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), referencing ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016 with Florida-specific amendments.

Passed in 2020, effective as of December 31, 2020.

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Current Residential Code

2020 Florida Building Code – Residential, based on the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) with Florida-specific amendments. Includes the 2020 Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation, based on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), referencing ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016 with Florida-specific amendments.

Effective as of December 31, 2020.

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Code Adoption and Change Process

Code Change Process

The Florida Building Commission (FBC) is directed to adopt, revise, update, and maintain the Florida Building Code in accordance with Chapter 120 of the state statutes. The code is a mandatory uniform statewide code and need not be adopted by a local government to be applicable at the local level. Local jurisdictions may not adopt more or less efficient codes. Visit the Florida Building Commission FAQ page for a detailed overview of the code modification process.

Technical Advisory Committee Review Process (from previous code update).

Code Change Cycle

Three year code cycle. Please see this presentation for more information on Florida’s system for updating its codes.


History

2020 Adoption of the 7th Edition Florida Building Code, based on the 2018 International Codes (I-Codes) with Florida-specific amendments. Includes significant updates in energy conservation and structural integrity to address Florida’s unique climate and weather challenges. Effective December 31, 2020.
2017 Introduction of the 6th Edition Florida Building Code, based on the 2015 I-Codes. Implemented updates focused on energy efficiency through the Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation, referencing the 2015 IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013. Effective December 31, 2017.
2014 The 5th Edition Florida Building Code is enacted, adopting and adapting the 2012 I-Codes. This edition included updates to enhance hurricane resistance and energy efficiency, crucial for Florida’s high wind speeds and hot climate. Effective June 30, 2015.
2010 The 4th Edition Florida Building Code comes into effect, integrating the 2009 I-Codes with specific modifications for Florida’s environmental conditions, particularly focusing on wind mitigation techniques for coastal areas. Effective March 15, 2012.
2007 Implementation of the 3rd Edition Florida Building Code, adapting the 2006 I-Codes. This update emphasized strengthening structures against hurricanes and improving fire safety measures. Effective October 1, 2008.
2004 The 2nd Edition of the Florida Building Code is introduced, incorporating the 2003 I-Codes. This edition addressed the lessons learned from recent hurricanes, enhancing requirements for wind load and flood resistance. Effective October 1, 2005.
2001 Florida adopts its first statewide building code, the Florida Building Code, which consolidates various regional codes into a unified state code based on the 1997 Standard Building Code by SBCCI, tailored with Florida-specific modifications to address hurricane impacts effectively. Effective March 1, 2002.
1990s Prior to the statewide code, Florida relied on local codes that varied significantly across different jurisdictions. The devastating impacts of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 spurred efforts towards a unified state code to address inconsistencies and enhance building safety statewide.

Contacts

Mo Madani
Senior Technical Manager of Codes and Standards
Florida Building Commission
Email: mo.madani@myfloridalicense.com

Eric D. Martin
Senior Research Engineer,
Buildings Research
Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
Contact: Bio page

Sareena Nagpal
Energy Codes Manager
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)
Email: snagpal@seealliance.org


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