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NC Building Codes

**IMPORTANT NOTICE***    Residential Wall Bracing.  The Building Code Council amended permanent rules for the 2012 NC Residential Code, Section R602.10 at their December meeting.  These rules are scheduled to go into effect on September 1, 2013.  You can download the new rules by clicking on the Section number above.


NORTH CAROLINA STATE BUILDNIG CODE EFFECTIVE DATES 

In our continuing effort to keep our citizens, customers, and the building community at large informed of North Carolina State Building Code updates and changes, the Town of Cary Inspections and Permits Department would like to inform you of the new 2012 NC State Building Code effective dates.

The NC Building Code Council has confirmed the transition dates to the new 2012 North Carolina State Building Codes. Please note that the North Carolina Residential and Commercial Building Codes will take effect at different times as determined by the NC General Assembly and the NC Building Code Council as follows: (The official notice from the NC Department of Insurance – Office of State Fire Marshal is attached.)

·    The 2012 NC Building (including the Accessibility Code – 2009 ANSI A117.1), Fire Prevention,
     Mechanical, Plumbing and Fuel Gas Codes has a transition period of September 1, 2011
     through June 1, 2012.

·    The 2012 NC Residential Code and NC Energy Conservation Code will have a transition period 
     of January 1, 2012 through March 1, 2012.

·    The 2011 NC Electric Code effective date was reviewed during the NC General Assembly’s 
     2012 session and is became effective July 3, 2012.

Residential Building Permit applications submitted to the Town of Cary on or after March 1, 2012 must comply with the 2012 NC State Residential Code (except as noted above regarding the electrical code). During the transitional period, up to February 29, 2012, builders should identify which Code they wish to utilize at the time of the permit application submittal. Commercial Building Permit applications will follow a similar transition and will be effective beginning June 1, 2012. Prior/existing approved and active permits will continue to be allowed to utilize the NC State Building Code under which they were originally approved.

Feel free to contact the Inspections and Permits Department at (919) 469-4043 if you have any questions on the effective dates of the 2012 NC State Building Codes and any other questions about your building project.

Thank you for doing your part to stay up to date with these NC State Building Code changes and for keeping everyone safe.

North Carolina State Building Code

The Town of Cary utilizes the North Carolina State Building Code as per Section 8-52 of the Town’s Code of Ordinances. The only building regulations enforced by the Town are those found in the state-adopted Building Code in force at the time of permit for construction.


To see the official memo from the NC Department of Insurance - Office of the State Fire Marshall regarding the NC State Building Code effective dates, click here.

To see the official memo from the Town of Cary regarding the NC State Building Code effective dates, click here

2012 NC State Building Codes (select to view codes)

The following 2012 NC State Building codes are effective March 1, 2012 (use is optional between January 1, 2012 and February 29, 2012)

2012 Residential
2012 Energy Conservation

NOTE: Summary of the changes from the 2009 to the 2012 NC State Residential Code is now available through the NC Department of Insurance - Office of the State Fire Marshall website.

NOTE:  2012 NC State Energy Code Compliance Guide, and the 2012 NC State Energy Code High Efficiency Compliance Guide are available on this website.

The following 2012 NC State Building codes are effective June 1, 2012 (use is optional between September 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012)

2012 Building
2012 Plumbing
2012 Fire
2012 Mechanical
2012 Fuel Gas
2012 Administration (no technical changes from 2009 Code)
2011 Electrical (2011 NC Electric Code)  EFFECTIVE JULY 3, 2012 (you will be required to create an account before opening the document)  Go to Article 690.

NOTE: Links for the summary of the code changes for the 2012 NC State Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas are available through this website and are for informational use only and are not intended as a substitute for the 2012 NC State Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes themselves.

Also, it is important to understand that these informational summarizations are not intended to be all inclusive, only to highlight what we interpret to be the most relevant code changes based on our permitting and inspection processes.

If, upon review of these code change documents, you have any questions concerning their application or intent, please contact our Plumbing and Mechanical Inspection
Division at (919) 469-4341 or e-mail at phil.rice@townofcary.org.

The effective dates of the 2012 NC State Rehab Building Codes have yet to be determined by the state.


2009 NC State Building Codes

2009 NC State Building Code is no longer in effect except for currently valid permits that were issued under the 2009 NC State Building code (no view available).


2006 NC State Building Codes

2006 NC State Building Code is no longer in effect except for currently valid permits that were issued under the 2006 NC State Building code.



Additional Resources

More information about the North Carolina State Building Codes is available from the NC Department of Insurance - Office of the State Fire Marshall

NC Building Code Council
– links to Code information, errata, approved Code changes, temporary rules, and general information about the NC Building Code Council.

Code Services
– links to Code interpretations, NC Code amendments, and construction plan design tools.

NC Home Builders Association – links to the NC State Building Code information for Contractors.