International Code Council (ICC)

The International Code Council (ICC) is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets use the I-Codes including the International Building Code (IBC) for new commercial construction.

Any interested individual or group may submit a code change proposal or public comment and participate in the proceedings in which proposals are considered. This open debate and participation before a committee of representatives from across the construction industry, including code regulators and construction industry representatives, ensures a consensus of the construction community in the decision-making process. A major advantage of ICC’s consensus-based private-sector code development process is that it allows both the ICC code development committees and eligible voting members at the code change hearings to participate in establishing the results of each proposal. Voting members may either ratify the committee’s recommendation or make their own recommendation. The results of all votes are published in the report of the ICC code development hearings.

Portland Cement Association participates heavily in the ICC code development process and focuses on requirements for passive fire containment and separation. In addition, PCA provides an enhanced resiliency option for those jurisdictions wishing to adopt stronger codes.

PCA encourages the active participation of individuals or groups interested in code development. Contact Jay Hall, Marc Nard, Scott Campbell, Jack Gibbons or Larry Novak for more information on how to participate.  

The following groups fall under the ICC:

International Building Code (IBC)
International Fire Code (IFC)
International Residential Code (IRC)
International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
International Existing Building Code
Wildland Urban Interface Code (IWUIC)

The International Codes are updated every three years.  All of the codes developed by the ICC fall into two groups A and B.  The 2021 Codes are currently under development.  Group A (IBC, IFC and IWUIC) are being updated in 2018 and Group (IBC Structural, IRC, IEBC) code development will occur in 2019 for the  

Each group cycle consists of two hearings Committee Action Hearings and Public Comment Hearings) and culminates with the Online Governmental Consensus Vote (OGCV).  

ICC Annual Conferences & Group Hearings

2018 Annual Conference Public Comment Hearings (Group A Codes)
Annual Conference: October 21–24, 2018
Public Comment Hearings: October 24 – 31, 2018
Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 N 3rd Street
Richmond, VA, 23219


2019 Committee Action Hearings (Group B Codes)
April 28 – May 8, 2019
Albuquerque Convention Center
401 2nd Street
Albuquerque, New Mexico


2019 Annual Conference and Public Comment Hearings (Group B Codes)
Annual Conference: October 20-23, 2019
Public Comment Hearings: October 23-30, 2019
Clark County, Nevada


2020 Annual Conference
Annual Conference: October 11–14, 2020
America’s Center
701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis MO, 63101


2021 Annual Conference and Group A Public Comment Hearings
Annual Conference: September 19-22, 2021
Public Comment Hearings: September 22 – 29, 2021
David L Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Ft Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222