Georgia Building and Residential Codes

The 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) are currently in effect in Georgia.  The codes are supplemented by Georgia amendments:

The Uniform Codes Act states that the code appendices are not enforceable unless referenced in the body of the code, adopted by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), or specifically adopted by a municipality or county.  Appendices adopted by DCA are noted in the Georgia amendments as such.

Building Code Compliance Software for Georgia

Plan Analyst code compliance software programs make it easy for building officials, architects and other designers to quickly perform commercial and residential building code plan reviews / code studies.  Plan Analyst for the 2018 IBC and Plan Analyst for the 2018 IRC simplifies the plan review / code study process enabling compliance to specific code years.  This proven software allows modifications to accommodate local amendments, where applicable.  Users have the ability to add code requirements and to add to the checklist.  Changes can be made permanent by changing the data file using the setup section of Plan Analyst, or specific reports can be edited for special conditions.

Plan Analyst Calculators: Deck – Sign – Beam & Column

Plan Analyst Deck, Sign and Beam & Column Calculators are additional simple and effective design and code review software tools that will quickly become your go-to resources when working on associated tasks.

Users of Plan Analyst in Georgia have included:

Catoosa CountyAcclaim Construction Inc.
City of CairoCB Architects, PC
City of PoolerDoug Bean Signs, Inc.
City of Richmond HillEllis Ricket & Associates
City of SavannahLand Engineering & Development
Grady CountyMaynard Construction, Inc.
Guinnett Country GovernmentWillow Heart, LLC

Building and Residential Code Resources in Georgia

Energy Code Compliance Software for Georgia

Visit the U.S. Department of Energy website to see the latest on energy code adoption in Georgia, including the use of COMcheck and REScheck Energy Code compliance software. COMcheck enables architects, builders, designers, and contractors to determine whether new commercial or high-rise residential buildings, additions, and alterations meet the requirements of the IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1.  REScheck product enables builders, designers, and contractors to determine whether new homes, additions, and alterations meet the requirements of the IECC or a number of state energy codes.

The “Building Codes Assistance Project” also provides information on Georgia’s building energy codes.

FEMA Building Code Adoption Tracking

The FEMA Building Code Adoption Tracking program reports on the status of hazard-resistant building code adoption in each state. Georgia is in FEMA Region 4. Read the 2023 Region 4 fact sheet showing the annual metric of the percent of communities adopting hazard-resistant building codes in Georgia.


American Institute of Architects  – AIA Georgia represents architects in the state.  There are over 5,500 registered and reciprocal architects in Georgia.

Georgia has several ICC Chapters throughout the state

Georgia code adoption status on the ICC website.