Coronavirus Advocacy Resources
Data from a recent survey by the International Code Council shows that although deemed essential, many code departments around the U.S. do not have all the tools and systems in place to work virtually.
Code compliance is a necessary element in the building and construction space. Without the resources to assess needed codes and standards and conduct operations virtually, departments—and the building, fire, plumbing, and mechanical officials and inspectors that comprise them—do not possess the capability to provide essential functions, like overseeing the safe construction of temporary structures to provide medical capacity and ensuring the maintenance of hospital ventilation disinfection systems. Virtual capability needs have also created challenges for ongoing construction and the construction we’ll need in the future that will help drive our economic recovery.
As a member of the building industry, we urge you to join us in advocating for funding for code departments to ensure our buildings are built in a safe, timely, and efficient manner during the age of virtual work and COVID-19. Please check out these advocacy resources:
CARES Act Federal Funding for Code Departments through State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Governments
- Code Council Fact Sheet: Federal CARES Act CRF Funding for Code Departments
- Jurisdictions with Populations < 500,000: Guidance on seeking CARES Act funding for virtual needs
- Code Council Talking Points: Why Governments Should Provide CARES Act Funding for Code Department Virtual Needs
- ICC Pulse Podcast: Federal Assistance under the CARES Act
- Code Council Fact Sheet: CARES Act Federal Funding for Building and Fire Prevention Departments
We encourage you to connect with the ICC Government Relations staff liaison for your area to coordinate your advocacy. Click here to go to the map below.
Assistance through the Trump Administration and Congress
On May 1, 2020, the Code Council led letters to congressional leadership, FEMA, and the National Security Council (NSC) encouraging they direct additional federal resources to help code departments develop virtual capabilities. More than 50 organizations and businesses supported these efforts, representing state and local government, residential and commercial contractor, building owners/manager, manufacturer, insurance, housing, energy efficiency, renewable energy, engineering, design, and resilience interests:
- Joint Letter to Congressional Leadership Supporting Virtual Capabilities for Code Departments
- Joint Letter to FEMA/NSC Supporting Virtual Capabilities for Code Departments
We encourage you to connect with ICC's Washington D.C. Governmental Affairs Office to coordinate your advocacy on federal issues.
Contact Your Regional Government Relations Staff Liaison
Click on a state or territory on the map below to contact your state Government Relations staff liaison.