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The building codes are published to meet the needs of local jurisdictions charged with enforcement of building standards of construction and use, and are updated on a three year cycle to reflect the latest standards of life-safety and construction technology. The amendments to the building codes are adopted by City Council to modify the codes to conform to the particular physical and political conditions of our City.

The code adoption process is an open discussion with the community, and input is always solicited from all citizens, contractors, developers, architects and engineers and any other interested party.

Building Code Hotline: 480-312-2633

To request a building code variance form contact Plan Review at 480-312-7080.

Architects, engineers, contractors, and developers can stay up to date on building code and inspection information through our subscription e-newsletter, “Building Code and Inspection Update”. The city will periodically publishes this newsletter to inform the industry of changes to our codes and services. 

Related Resources

2012 IRC Building Code Plan Review Checklist

Fire Code

Construction Interpretations - The interpretations of the building codes are written to clarify requirements of the codes, or to establish standards of acceptance for construction and submittals to the city.

Code History (pdf/24kb/4pp)

Design Standards & Policies Manual

Did you know?

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Allowable soil bearing pressure

In general, for commercial construction projects, the City of Scottsdale requires a soils report. (see Sec. 1803 of the 2012 International Building Code.) However, there may be instances where the extent of a project is small and the requirement for a soils report is not pressed. In these instances, we would allow no less than the code minimum of Table 1806.2, Class 4 soil material. For this type of soil, we revise the Allowable Foundation Pressure from the stated 2,000 to a value of 1,500 psf max. Based on the extent of the project, we would reserve the right to request a report as stated in the Code section noted above.

2012 family of I codes went into effect on January 7, 2013. This includes the International Building Code (IBC), the International Residential Code (IRC), the International Fire Code (IFC), the International Mechanical Code (IMC), the International Plumbing Code (IPC), the International green Construction Code (IgCC), and the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC). The 2012 editions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC), the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC), the International Existing Building Code (IEBC), and ICC 300, the bleacher code, are adopted by reference via chapter one (1) of the International Building Code (IBC) adoption.


city amendments

2012 IFC Amendments- Ord 4045

2012 IBC Amendments- Ord 4059

2012 IRC Amendments - Ord 4060


2012 IPC Amendments - Ord 4061

2012 IMC Amendments - Ord 4062

2012 IgCC Amendments- Ord 4063

2011 NEC Amendments- Ord 4064


Climatic & Geographic Design Criteria

Design Wind Speed:

2012 IBC
Occupancy Category* II = 115 MPH
Occupancy Category* III & IV = 120 MPH
Occupancy Category* I = 105 MPH

*Occupancy Category determined by ASCE 7-10 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures Table 1.5-1
2012 IRC
All Single Family Residences and Townhomes = 90 MPH

Wind Exposure:

B or C as defined in COS
Interpretations & Applications of
Building Codes & Regulations No.13-1

Seismic Design:

Category 'B' for sfr, For other occupancies, ENGINEER TO CALCULATE

Snow Load = NONE

Winter Design Temp = 34F