Making a Change to Serve You Better


Making a Change to Serve You Better

COVID-19 has created many challenges. The restrictions on travel, in-person meetings and interactions with others have forced the building safety industry to rethink how we do business.

As a result of the pandemic, earlier this year the International Code Council Board of Directors faced a difficult decision of whether and how to conduct the 2020 Annual Conference and Annual Business Meeting. Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, none of the available options allowed us to plan for a meeting with certainty that it would have complied with the Code Council bylaws and California state law, where the Code Council is currently incorporated. The Board decided to cancel the 2020 meeting, prioritizing the health and well-being of our members, staff and other attendees.

We heard from many of you how important it is that the Code Council be fully prepared to respond in a crisis no matter the circumstances. A thorough research process revealed that the California corporations code does not provide sufficient flexibility for the association to act when needed during an emergency.

After careful consideration, the Board has unanimously determined that it is in the best interests of the Code Council and its members to reincorporate in Delaware. This change in location will not affect any other provisions of the bylaws or current member benefits. It also does not affect our continued plans and commitment to maintaining a significant presence in California including our regional office in Brea.

Today all validated voting members were sent a ballot to vote on this proposal. In order to move forward, at least one hundred voting members must vote, and a majority of the returned ballots must indicate approval. Following approval by the voting members, Code Council staff will take the steps to finalize the change by following necessary statutory requirements.

Please note that only validated voting members are able to vote. If approved, this change will allow us to provide more effective services for all our members, customers and stakeholders. If you have questions or comments, please reach out to

Thank you for your continued engagement with the Code Council.

Visit our Coronavirus Response Center for information to help you navigate the pandemic.

International Code Council Joins Sixth Annual “Imagine a Day Without Water”

Washington, D.C. – Today marks the sixth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water. For the second consecutive year, the International Code Council will join elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, educators, and businesses from across the country to raise awareness about not taking water for granted and the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water systems.

Turning on the faucet for clean, safe drinking water, and flushing the toilet with no second thought about what happens to wastewater are actions that most Americans take for granted every day. But this year as our communities have been challenged by the public health crisis from COVID-19, we saw that safe, clean and reliable water service is something we depend on to protect our health and economy. Our nation’s water infrastructure is aging and in need of investment. A day without clean water is a public health and an economic disaster: a single nationwide day without clean water service would put our entire economy at risk.

“In keeping with the Code Council’s ongoing promotion of strong plumbing codes and sustainability standards that address water quality, sanitation, safe water reuse methods and efficiency, we are pleased to partner with the US Water Alliance and the Value of Water Campaign,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “We encourage all of our members to join us in promoting the adoption and implementation of strong plumbing codes and encouraging necessary investment in aging water infrastructure.”

“We’re thrilled that the International Code Council is a part of Imagine a Day Without Water. This national day of action educates our neighbors and public officials about the essential role water plays in all our lives,” said Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Campaign. “This year showed us the critical importance of water service to safeguard public health and the economy. But the infrastructure and service it takes to bring water to our homes and businesses and take it away is not free and can’t be taken for granted. We all need to educate ourselves about where our water comes from and the investment these critical systems need.”

U.S. Representatives LaHood, Walorski, and Torres-Small, and Blumenauer, co-chairs of the International Water and Sanitation Caucus, which the Code Council supports in advocating for global water, sanitation, and hygiene priorities on Capitol Hill, echoed the Code Council’s support for today’s initiative: “Inadequate water and sanitation around the world is a risk to America's national security and our global health. Now more than ever, investing in clean water, sanitation, and our waterway systems can strengthen diverse communities around the world and increase public health. The International Water and Sanitation Caucus is proud to join with coalition partners in marking Imagine a Day Without Water to encourage education about clean water and investment in critical wash water infrastructure.”

Imagine a Day Without Water is an opportunity for diverse organizations, from environmental advocates to coffee shops, aquariums to car washes, city halls to water utilities, to talk about how water is important to them. Over the past five years, it has provided a platform for educating the public and advocating for leaders to prioritize investing in water today, so in the future no American will have to imagine a day without water. Learn more at and follow the conversation on social media at #ValueWater.

The Code Council family of solutions has several resources available to assist jurisdictions, manufacturers and the public with water conservation and efficiency. View the Code Council’s water conservation and efficiency safety toolkit, here.


About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.

Sharing a digital badge in your eMail Signature

Share Your Digital Badge in Your eMail Signature


Adding your digital badge to your email signature is another great way to showcase your accomplishment.
It is important that you not only include the badge image but also the hyperlink to the information about the badge you have earned. Please follow the detailed directions below.

Badge eMail Signature Image

Step 1:
Select your image and hyperlink.

  1. Log into your myICC account and select (click on) the badge you’d like to add to your email signature from your dashboard.
  2. Select the share button at the top the page.
  3. Select the tab with the download icon and use the sliding scale to select the appropriate size for your image download. (We recommend around 150x150 pixels) Click the "Download Image" button.
  4. Select the tab with the link icon and click the "Copy" button to copy the Badge URL to your clipboard. You'll need this to hyperlink your downloaded image.

Step 2:
Select your email platform from the list below and follow those instructions.

Microsoft Outlook
1. Open your outlook email

2. Start a new email and click signature in the top navigation.

3. Either edit an existing signature or add a new one.

4. Click the add image icon (2nd to last icon at right corner of edit signature bar) and choose the badge image you downloaded.

5. Next hyperlink the image by clicking the add link icon (last icon at the right corner of the edit signature bar). Paste the badge url you copied in Step 1.

6. Select Save.

1. Open your gmail account and find the settings area and scroll to the signature block

2. Use the picture icon to upload the badge image you downloaded.

3. Highlight the image and click on the link icon.

4. Paste the url you copied from Step 1.

5. Select Save.

1. Open the Mail app in Mac OS. Go to the Mail menu and click Preferences.

2. Choose the Signatures tab and then click the [+] plus button to add a new signature or select a signature you’ve already created.

3. Open your Finder to locate the badge image you want to add to your signature; select the image and then drag and drop it into the signature section.

4. To add the hyperlink to the image, select the image, go to edit, then click add link and enter/paste the URL from Step 1 into the box.

5. Click OK.

Board Meeting- Oct 5,2020

ICC Board of Directors Meeting – October 5, 2020

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Follow up code official survey on pandemic response


Follow up code official survey on pandemic response and needed resources

Earlier this year, as COVID-19 public health orders came into effect, the International Code Council surveyed code departments across the country to better understand departments' virtual capabilities and to collect best practices that could help inform other departments' approaches. We were overwhelmed by the response - nearly 1150 jurisdictions from every state across the country provided feedback. Read the survey analysis, here.
The Code Council remains committed to assisting code departments as they navigate and overcome the challenges facing them during the pandemic. To that end, we have prepared a follow up survey that builds upon the previous one to determine how departments have responded in the interim. What virtual needs still exist? What strategies have worked best? What additional resources could help? This survey will inform our efforts to identify best practices and advocate for needed resources.
Prior responses have guided the materials we have developed to support your department and informed and directed our advocacy on your behalf. These efforts include:
Your feedback, either as a first-time or repeat survey respondent, is greatly appreciated and will help us to improve our current offerings. Please be sure to respond in the next two weeks so we can capture your input in our summary of top line results.

For additional coronavirus advocacy resources, please visit the Code Council’s Coronavirus Response Center.

For additional coronavirus advocacy resources, please visit the Code Council’s Coronavirus Response Center.

Remote Virtual Inspections (RVI)

Remote Virtual Inspections

Remote Virtual Inspections (RVI) are a method of inspection that allows the needed inspections to proceed in a timely manner by the owner or contractor located on the jobsite and the inspector or inspection teams performing the inspection remotely. While this practice gained good acceptance and implementation during the weeks and months of COVID-19 social distancing, its advantages are so great that it will likely become a popular and routine tool for the foreseeable future.

For more information, read the Code Council's "Recommended Practices for Remote Virtual Inspections (RVI)" Available for free download or purchase print copies via the ICC Store.


Remote Virtual Inspections publication cover


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2019 Group B Code Cycle: Notice of Appeal Hearings


2019 Group B Code Cycle: Notice of Appeal Hearings

Today the International Code Council posted the official Notice of Appeal Hearings. Conducted virtually via Webex Event, the hearings will begin August 26, 2020.

Please submit written comments and request to participate to Mike Pfeiffer, P.E., Code Council Senior Vice President of Technical Services, by the deadlines posted within the notice. The Webex details will be sent to those who confirm participation via a registration process. The hearings will also be broadcast via YouTube for those who would like to view but not participate.

Actions taken by the Appeals Board and all documents related to the appeals will be posted on the Code Council Appeals webpage. 

Please direct questions to Mike Pfeiffer at

Call for Interest: Long Term Code Development Process Committee


Call for Interest: Long Term Code Development Process Committee

Today the International Code Council posted the official call for interest in the Long Term Code Development Process Committee. Two workgroups have been established to address and investigate issues that may require changes to improve the ICC code development process.

Process & Procedures:
Chaired by John Terry

  • Cost impact
  • Voting majorities
  • Voting guides
  • I-Codes vs. state, local and federal laws
  • Hearing length
  • Hearing efficiency

Chaired by Bill Dupler

  • Two Committee Action Hearings per cycle for each code group
  • Eligible voters
  • Real time voting at the Public Comment Hearings

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Pfeiffer, P.E., Senior Vice President of Technical Services, at