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State Building Code Review Board


The State Building Code Review Board (hereafter referred to as "BCRB") is charged with the responsibility for reviewing and amending the New Hampshire building code. The "New Hampshire building code" or "state building code", effective September 14, 2002, revised effective April 1, 2010 means the International Building Code 2009, the International Plumbing Code 2009, the International Mechanical Code 2009, the International Energy Conservation Code 2009, the International Residential Code 2009, and the International Existing Building Code 2009 as published by the International Code Council, and the National Electrical Code 2014 as published by the National Fire Protection Association. The BCRB also provides independent analysis and recommendations to the legislature on the modification of the state building codes and state fire codes to promote uniformity with all applicable laws, rules and regulations as well as the public safety and best practices for the people of New Hampshire.

Another function of the BCRB is to hear appeals of any person aggrieved by a decision of the state fire marshal relative to the application and enforcement of the state building code pursuant to RSA 153.8-a,I(a) or the state fire code. (See RSA 155-A:11,I).

Board Subcommittees Reviewing 2015 International Code

At the June 13, 2014 meeting of the NHBCRB the Board developed six subcommittees of Board members to begin review of the 2015 International Codes. This review process will be ongoing for the next few months. At upcoming public meetings the Board will be hearing from the subcommittees and discussing their findings. Any interested parties should check the posted agendas for upcoming BCRB meetings and are encouraged to attend these meetings and comment during the time when public comments are allowed. Interested parties are also encouraged to e-mail their thoughts and comments to the Board at Subcommittees have been created to consider the following 2015 editions of the International Codes. The International Building Code, the International Residential Code, the International Mechanical Code, the International Plumbing Code, the International Energy Conservation Code and the International Existing Building Code.

IBC Height and Area Requirements for Projects in the State of New Hampshire

At the State of New Hampshire Building Code Review Board meeting on March 14th, 2014 the Board voted unanimously to remove (eliminate) the previously enacted amendment to Section 506 of the International Building Code. As of March 14th 2014 height and area calculations and requirements shall be as formulated and described within the 2009 edition of the International Building Code without any State of New Hampshire specific amendments.

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