New International Codes Coming to Philadelphia

November 7, 2017

On October 26, 2017, Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf, signed legislation authorizing the City of Philadelphia to independently adopt the 2018 edition of the International Codes published by the International Code Council. Prior to this legislation, Philadelphia’s code adoption was regulated by state government review and adoption on a statewide basis. Without the state’s adoption of the 2012 or 2015 editions, Philadelphia presently utilizes the 2009 International Codes. Adoption of the 2018 International Codes requires approval of an ordinance by Philadelphia City Council, and detailed review and updates of local amendments to correlate with the 2018 code provisions.

Between the 2009 and 2018 editions of the International Codes, there are hundreds of changes; some of which are non-technical, reformatting, and reference updates, while others are more significant, including multiple fire service access elevators and more detailed requirements for combustible exterior wall systems. JENSEN HUGHES is actively involved with the International Code Council’s code development process and is experienced with various editions of the International Codes.

Assistance with International Code Changes in Philadelphia

Please contact JENSEN HUGHES’ Philadelphia office to learn more about the impact of the upcoming 2018 International Codes to your project.

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