State Adoptions

The Hawaii 2007 Legislature created a new Building Code Council Agency that has the authority to adopt any code(s) statewide. The statute specifically names the IBC as one of the statewide codes. The statute also grants authority to adopt other codes as the Council determines, and requires the adoption of a Mechanical code, Private Sewage Disposal Code, Residential Code, Energy Efficiency Code and an Existing Building Code. Upon completion of the code adoption by administrative rulemaking, all State Buildings must use the adopted codes within 1 year. The Four County jurisdictions have 2 years in which to adopt and amend the State Code with local amendments. If the county jurisdictions do not comply within the 2 year time line then the State Code becomes the county’s code until such time the county passes an adopting ordinance.

  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code

Links to State Adoption Agencies

State Building Code CouncilState Fire CouncilState Energy OfficeState Dept. of Health, Office of Environmental QualityDept. of Commerce & Consumer AffairsDept. of Land & Natural Resources

Key Contacts

Hawaii State Building Code Council – Adopts any code(s) except a fire code:
State Building Official
Gaur Johnson, Chairman,
Hawaii State Building Code Council
Dept. of Accounting & General Services
1151 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-0400

Hawaii State Fire Council – adopts the fire code:
Socrates Bratakos, Administrator
Honolulu Fire Department
636 South Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 723-7151
Energy Office

The Dept. of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) – serves as the Hawaii Energy Office – Does not adopt the Energy Code:
Howard Wiig, Chairman of the SBCC
235 Beretania, Rm 506
Honolulu, HI 96804
Phone: (808) 587-3811

Environmental Affairs:
State Dept. of Health, Office of Environmental Quality Control:
Gary Gill, Deputy Director
Phone: (808) 586-4433

State Insurance Commissioner:
Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
Gordon Ito, Commissioner
PO Box 3614
Honolulu, HI
Phone: (808) 586-2790

State Forester:
Department of Land & Natural Resources
David Smith, Administrator (State Forester)
1151 Punchbowl St. Rm. 325
Phone: (808) 587-0166

Pool adoption agency:
State Dept. of Health, Sanitation Branch
Peter Oshiro, Branch Chief
591 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-8000