Improving the Accessibility of Buildings for People with Disabilities

Additional Resources from the International Code Council

The International Code Council offers a variety of building safety and fire prevention products and services related to accessibility. The organization publishes codes and standards, provides plan review services, certification and training, as well as other support services. Many of these products and services address accessibility issues.


The International Code Council’s award-winning magazine, the Building Safety Journal, includes accessibility-related articles.


The ICC Store carries a variety of publications related to accessibility, including codes, standards and code commentaries. International Code Commentaries include additional information on the history, development and reasons behind the requirements in the code. Commentaries also include all code text. Many of these products are available in multiple formats.

Plan Review

As part of its Plan Review program, the International Code Council offers plan review services for building accessibility. Staff reviews plans of the submitted building for compliance with accessibility requirements in the IBC and the technical requirements in the ICC/ANSI A117.1. Fees are based on the size of building, use and type of construction.


Certification is a significant professional accomplishment. Many local governments require International Code Council certification as a criterion for employment. The International Code Council offers a variety of certification tests for inspectors, plans examiners, code officials and support staff, including Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner certification. Information on International Code Council Certifications, can be found here. Information on Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner Certification, can be found here.


The International Code Council offers a range of educational opportunities for professionals, in multiple formats, including on-line courses, training institutes, on-site instructor courses, telephone seminars, and more. Several classes deal with accessibility issues in the codes.