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Tennessee Building Codes

Building Codes References

Tennessee's codes apply as a mandatory minimum to all buildings except one and two family dwellings and licensed health-care facilities, except as otherwise indicated.

A list of Tennessee state building codes is located here.

The 2006 International Building Code was adopted September 1, 2008.
Code TypeCode ModelAmendment Contact
Building/Dwelling CodeIBC 2006, Excluding Chapters 11 & 27No amendments
statewide except for 31 exempt areas allowed to stay within 6 years of published codes
Structural CodeIBC 2006, Excluding Chapters 11 & 27No amendments
statewide except for 31 exempt areas allowed to stay within 6 years of published codes
Plumbing CodeIPC 2006No amendments
Mechanical CodeIMC 2006No amendments
Electrical CodeNFPA 70 - NEC 2008Online
Applies to all buildings
Fire/Life Safety CodeIFC 2006No amendments
For state buildings, educational & any occupancy required for licensure see:Online
Accessibility CodeTN Public Building Accessibility Act Online
NC Handicapped Code 1991 Volume 1-C with 1996 revisions
NC Dept. of Insurance, Code Council Section, (919) 733-3901
Applies to all public buildings
Elevator CodeASME A17.1-1996No amendments
Boiler CodeASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code1998; NBICBoiler & Elevator Division, (615) 741-2123

Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)

Authorities Having Jurisdiction are those government officials who are the final authority on questions in a particular area (or jurisdiction).
Jurisdictional AreaContact
StructuralCodes Enforcement Section
Phone: (615) 741-7190
Fax: (615) 741-1583
PlumbingCodes Enforcement Section
Phone: (615) 741-7190
Fax: (615) 741-1583
MechanicalCodes Enforcement Section
Phone: (615) 741-7190
Fax: (615) 741-1583
ElectricalHousing & Electrical Section
Phone: (615) 741-7170
Fax: (615) 741-1583
AccessibilityCodes Enforcement Section
Phone: (615) 741-7190
Fax: (615) 741-1583
Building InspectorCodes Enforcement Section
Phone: (615) 741-7190
Fax: (615) 741-1583
Plan ReviewCodes Enforcement Section
Phone: (615) 741-7190
Fax: (615) 741-1583
EnergyTerry Ellis
Program Manager, DECD
Phone: (615) 253-1944
Fax: (615) 741-5070
Health DepartmentBill Harmon
Department of Health
Phone: (615) 741-9578
Fire MarshalW. Stuart Crine
State Fire Marshal
Phone: (615) 741-2981
Fax: (615) 741-1583
TransportationDepartment of Transportation
Phone: (615) 741-2331
Boiler InspectorDon Tanner
Chief Boiler Inspector
Phone: (615) 741-2123
Elevator InspectorJohn Wheeler
Chief Elevator Inspector
Phone: (615) 741-2123

Other Building Codes

Building codes are also available for these other Tennessee municipalities: