The Innovation in Code Administration Award

The International Code Council's Innovation in Code Administration Award recognizes fire and building departments for innovation in the delivery of code administration services to their communities. Sponsored by the ICC Government Relations Department, the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire and Life Safety Section, and the National Association of State Fire Marshals, the Innovation in Code Administration Award recognizes fire and building departments for new and innovative approaches to delivering code administration services as part of their overall approach to Community Risk Reduction.

This award, established in 2016 offers national-level recognition to fire and building code departments for developing and implementing innovative practices or programs in their communities.

The Innovation in Code Administration 2022 recipient is
Chief Building Official for the City of Pleasant Hill, CA, Geoff Simmons, CBO.

Past Recipients of the Innovation in Code Administration Award

2021 – City of Modesto, CA; Plan Check With Us program. Click here to read more.

2020 – no award presented due to pandemic

2019 – City of Rock Hill, SC Planning and Development Department –
Open for Business program

2018 – Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Planning and Development Services –
Repurposing of Existing Buildings

2017 – City of Saint Paul, MN Department of Safety and Inspection –
Residential Life-Safety Inspection Program

See Code Council Awards Program page for nomination information and deadlines.

Award Eligibility

The Innovation in Code Administration Award is an organizational award. The nominee must be a building or fire code organization that provides code administration services to one or more jurisdictions. Examples include fire and building departments, fire marshal’s offices, ICC Chapters, councils of governments, or other public sector organizations that are charged with code administration. An organization can nominate itself.

The organization must demonstrate that it has implemented a unique practice or program that enhances building or fire code administration services in the community. The practice should demonstrate a positive impact on public and firefighter safety; a measurable reduction in deaths, injuries, or property damage; or a measurable increase in the quality, effectiveness, or efficiency of its code administration services.