State Adoptions

Chapter 9, Section 6-9-50. Adoption by reference of nationally recognized codes and standards.

"The council shall adopt by reference and amend only the latest editions of the following nationally recognized codes and the standards referenced in those codes for regulation of construction within this State: building, residential, gas, plumbing, mechanical, fire, and energy codes as promulgated, published, or made available by the International Code Council, Inc. and the National Electrical Code as published by the National Fire Protection Association. The appendices of the codes provided in this section may be adopted as needed, but the specific appendix or appendices must be referenced by name or letter designation at the time of adoption. However, the provisions of the codes referenced in this section which concern the qualification, removal, dismissal, duties, responsibilities of, and administrative procedures for all building officials, deputy building officials, chief inspectors, other inspectors, and assistants do not apply unless they have been adopted by the municipal or county governing body."

Chapter 9, Section 6-9-60 Adoption. Adoption by reference of certain nationally recognized codes and standards. (This section governs the adoption of the ICC Performance Code, IEBC, IPMC and ISPSC as optional codes for local adoption.)

  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code
  • 2018 International Fire Code
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 ICC Performance Code
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code
  • 2018 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code


Links to State Adoption Agencies

South Carolina Building Codes Council

Office of the State Fire Marshal

Office of the State Engineer

Office of School Facilities

South Carolina Energy Office

Natural Resources Conservation Service – RC&D Councils

Key Contacts

South Carolina Building Code Council:
Molly Price
Synergy Business Park
Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 896-4688
Fax: (803) 896-4814

Office of State Fire Marshal:
Jonathan Jones
State Fire Marshal
SC Division of Fire and Life Safety
141 Monticello Trail
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 896-9800

Office of State Engineer:
1201 Main St.
Suite 600
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 737-0600
Fax: (803) 737-0639

Office of School Facilities:
Jasmeen M. Shaw, P.E.
1429 Senate Street
Suite 1114E
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-4837

South Carolina Energy Office:
Anthony James
Director of Energy Policy
Does not adopt codes
1200 Senate Street
408 Wade Hampton Building
Phone: (803) 737-2090
Fax: (803) 737-9846


State Forester:
Scott Phillips
SC Forestry Commission
5500 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29221-1707
Phone: (803) 737-2090
Fax: (803) 798-8097

Pool Adoption Agency:
SC Building Code Council (Residential)
Department of Health & Environmental Control (Public)