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Welcome to the City of Houston’s Construction Code Modernization project page! 

Construction codes significantly mitigate the effects of hurricanes, storm surges, and extreme weather changes. By staying current with our building codes, we can help our residents protect their homes and businesses by providing safer, more resilient construction that will support greater economic security and public safety.

There are several ways to contribute to the Construction Code Modernization project. We encourage all stakeholders to sign up for the newsletter, join a committee, or submit a code amendment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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To ensure the long-term sustainability of the development community, Houston Public Works intends to adopt the 2021 edition of construction codes as a base code with only local amendments that are more stringent than the base code.

For more information, review page 8 of the Public Participation Plan.

The Construction Code Modernization Project will host all updates and information on this site.

You can participate in the code development process by volunteering on a Task Force Group or the Construction Code Modernization Committee, or by submitting a code amendment proposal. You can also sign up for our newsletter to receive project updates and information via email.

Four specialized Task Force Groups will be established with broad expertise in the four code groupings listed below that cover the proposed 2021 edition of construction codes. Members will be selected for their industry expertise in a code category. Those that participate in a task force will be on the front lines with the Houston Code Development Committee (made up of City staff) and meet up to 3 days per week while focusing on their area of expertise. There will be 15-25 participants per Task Force Group.

For more information, visit the Committee and Task Forces page or review pages 22-31 of the Public Participation Plan.

The Construction Code Modernization Committee (CCMC) is made up of 50-70 subject matter experts from City and industry including, but not limited to:

  • Building owners, developers, design professionals, contractors, flood control engineers, energy experts, and affordable housing advocates,
  • Members of the Houston Code Development Committee comprised of employees from multiple City departments including, but not limited to, Houston Public Works, Planning, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Mayor’s Office of Recovery, Mayor’s Offices of Resilience and Sustainability, Houston Emergency Center, General Services Administration, Police and Fire Departments, and Mayor’s Development Office.

The Construction Code Modernization Committee will review and advise the Houston Code Development Committee on the technical merits of updated construction codes and any CCMC code change recommendations.

For more information, visit the Committee and Task Forces page or review pages 22-31 of the Public Participation Plan.

You will receive a phone call or an email from the City to confirm your type of participation.

Our goal is to create inclusive, diverse groups with as many associations and organizations engaged with construction codes so that everyone can be at the table sharing their organization’s insights into the codes as well as their specific interest. To ensure diversity, only one member per organization may serve on a task force or committee. 

Anyone, whether on a committee or not, can submit a code amendment proposal.

If you are selected to serve on a Task Force Group, you will receive calendar notices of the meetings. The meetings are held both in-person and online. You can choose either in-person or online via MS Teams. We will additionally keep you informed about the meeting dates for specific codes and code subsections so that you can attend the meetings specific to your areas of expertise.

For more information, visit the Committee and Task Forces page or review pages 22-31 of the Public Participation Plan.

If you are selected to serve on the committee, you will receive calendar notices of the meetings. The meetings are held both in-person and online. You can choose either in-person or online via MS Teams. We will additionally keep you informed about the meeting dates for specific codes and code subsections so that you can attend the meetings specific to your areas of expertise.

For more information, visit the Committee and Task Forces page or review pages 22-27 of the Public Participation Plan.

The proposed 2021 Construction Codes are available on the Code Amendments page. 

You can submit a code amendment proposal through our online form. To learn more about the process, visit the Code Amendment page or review pages 18-20 of the Public Participation Plan

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About the Project

In this publication, you will find more about the history of the project, the overall CCM timeline, our goals and objectives for the CCM project, as well as specific tasks and action items. Additionally, there will be information on the code adoption process, examples of the various forms and information required for code recommendations, and corresponding guidelines that will assist everyone in understanding the CCM project’s structure and outreach efforts.

Timeline

The Construction Code Modernization project began in mid-June of 2022 and will take two years to successfully complete the six tasks. The Stakeholder kick-off will be held in early December 2022 with Task Force and Committee meetings beginning later that month and lasting through April 2023.

CCM project schedule as of Nov. 11, 2022
Click to view larger timeline image. Updated Nov. 8, 2022

 

For more details about the project, review the Public Participation Plan.