Building Standards and Codes

The Division of Building Standards and Codes ensures the health, safety & resilience of the built environment for all New Yorkers.
Building Standards and Codes

The Department of State’s Division of Building Standards and Codes provides a variety of services related to the development, administration, and enforcement of the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and Energy Conservation Construction Code. These Codes provide for the construction of safe, resilient, and energy efficient buildings throughout New York State.

Current Building Codes of New York State
The Code

The Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) and the State Energy Conservation Construction Code (Energy Code), are contained within Title 19 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (19 NYCRR). 19 NYCRR incorporates by reference publications including the current model code books as published by the International Code Council.


Various other parts of 19 NYCRR contain regulations related to the Uniform Code and Energy Code. They cover topics such as administration and enforcement of the code, variance procedures, training standards, standards for manufactured housing and factory manufactured housing, Council Rules and Regulations, truss construction identification, SEQR, etc.  

Code Enforcement Officials & Building Safety Inspectors

Local Government & State Agency Enforcement Programs
Generally every city, town, village, and county administers and enforces building codes within its jurisdiction, and the State is responsible for property in the custody of a State Agency and complying with the enforcement regulations and reporting requirements.