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Most designer’s home plans are designed to meet or exceed the International Residential Code (IRC) which has become the recognized standard in the industry. The IRC has supplanted almost all former building codes. The United Building Code (UBC) still exists in a few locations; all our plans also designed meet the general criteria of the IRC.

Some states, counties, and municipalities have their own codes, amendments, zoning requirements and building regulations. Most states that have adopted the IRC have typically made some amendments for local conditions. Modifications may be necessary to meet such local building codes, most notable for earthquake, hurricane (wind) design or heavy snow loading. Some states and certain cities may require a licensed architect or engineer seal. Where required, these are readily obtained for an additional fee. Nevada is an exception where plans must be provided by a Nevada Registered Professional.

After you receive your plans, you should consult with your local building department to review the necessary requirements in your area before any construction begins. The homeowner and building contractor assume the responsibility to meet all local codes.

The following link offers additional information about building codes:
  • ICBO – The International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) has been the leading source of building and related construction codes for more than 75 years. Our association prides itself on providing excellent products and services to ensure the public's safety.
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