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State Building Code Review Board


The State Building Code Review Board (BCRB) is charged with the responsibility for recommending legislation to amend the New Hampshire Building Code in order to provide consistency with the application of other laws, rules, or regulations, to avoid undue economic impacts on the public by considering the cost of such amendments, and to promote public safety and best practices.  As of January 1, 2023, the BCRB will also review and confirm municipal amendments to the state code.

Effective July 1, 2022 the “New Hampshire Building Code or “state building code,” is defined as:

The 2018 editions of the International Code Council (ICC)

International Building Code (IBC)
International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
International Mechanical Code (IMC)
International Plumbing Code (IPC)
International Residential Code (IRC)
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISWPSC)

The 2020 edition of NFPA 70, National Electric Code (NEC), as published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

The codes in effect at the time of application for the building permit remain in effect for the duration of the work covered by that permit.  At the election of the applicant, codes in effect just prior to July 1, 2022 or the codes indicated above, may be used for permitting and construction during a six month grace period (July 1, 2022-December 31, 2022).

Other functions of the BCRB include hearing appeals of the state fire marshal relative to the application and enforcement of the state building code and the state fire code, as well as to hear appeals of local building code boards of appeal, the Electrician’s Board and the Board of Home Inspectors decisions.


Letter to Municipal Officials: Revisions to the Energy Code Resulting from HB 1472 (effective August 7, 2018) Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

Energy Code Form IECC

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All information provided by the State Building Code Review Board (BCRB) on this website is made available for the convenience of interested persons. While the BCRB believes the information to be reliable, human or mechanical error remain a possibility as does delay in the posting or updating of information. Therefore, the BCRB makes no guarantee as to the accuracy, completeness or currency of the information. Neither the BCRB nor any of the sources of the information shall be responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the use or result obtained from the use of this information.

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