Construction Code Amendments

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Code Analysis

Code analysis began in June 2022 and is expected to be completed in November 2022. Each code analysis compares the 2015 codes to the 2021 codes and includes proposed local changes. Once a code analysis is posted, a 30-day public comment period will begin. Comments must be submitted through the Code Amendment Proposal form.  

Task Force Group 1: Building & Fire Codes

The public comment period for the initial code analyses ended on Jan. 13, 2023. The Task Force is reviewing the proposed amendments and will be submit their recommendations to the Construction Code Modernization Committee on Feb. 3, 2023. Sign up for the newsletter and get notified when the next comment period begins for these codes. 

 

Task Force Group 2: Residential & Pool Codes

The following code analyses are complete and available for public comment until Feb. 14, 2023:

 

Task Force Group 3: Energy Conservation & Performance Codes

The following code analyses are complete and available for public comment until Feb. 17, 2023

 

Task Force Group 4: Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Codes

Coming soon! Sign up for the newsletter and get notified when the comment period begins for these codes. 

 

Code Amendment Proposal Process  

To ensure the code amendment process captures the needs of the larger community while protecting the health and safety of Houston’s citizens, we ask that you submit your proposed amendment through your technical association or professional organization. All code submittals will be reviewed. If the City receives multiple submittals concerning the same code, the Task Force Group will determine one submittal that best represents what is being requested. Code submittals through trade associations and organizations will take precedence in the code review process.   

The criteria for all code amendment proposals: 

  • You must submit a separate form per code section
  • Proposed code amendments must be in legislative format (i.e. Underline new words and strikethrough deleted words)
  • Sufficient justification and supporting documentation must be provided, including
    • the need for a code clarification,
    • Houston-specific historical data of physical injuries, loss of life or property,
    • intended increase in effectiveness,
    • increased safety impact, enforceability, and/or unique local conditions that warrant such addition or modification to the 2021 Codes.
  • Sufficient information must be provided to substantiate the cost impact of the proposed code change to the nationally promulgated code. You must indicate whether the proposed code change will:
    • not increase the cost of construction,
    • increase the cost of construction, or
    • decrease the cost of construction.

A proposal that does not follow the above criteria will be considered incomplete and will not be processed. A proposal submitted outside of the public comment period will not be accepted.

All proposals must be submitted electronically. Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Submit a Code Amendment Proposal Form.