The State of Illinois has passed legislation (Public Act 103-0510) changing the Capital Development Board Act to require statewide building codes, effective 1/1/2025. Local government, such as cities and counties, can adopt codes of their choice until then.
Further information on the current status of building codes can be found on the Illinois.gov Capital Development Board website.
The 2019 Chicago Building Code (Title 14B) is based on the 2018 International Building Code (IBC).
Building Code Compliance Software for Illinois
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 IBC and Plan Analyst for the 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 Illinois have included:
|City of Aledo
|Arete 3 Ltd.
|City of Champaign
|Arzoumanian & Company
|City of Moline
|Barrie Scott Associates
|City of Rockford
|BLDD Architects, Inc.
|City of Wilmington
|Gleason Architects, PC
|New Era Signs, Inc.
|Village of Berkeley
|Village of Gurnee
Building and Residential Code Resources in Illinois
- Illinois Council of Code Administrators
- American Legal Publishing access to codes adopted by Illinois municipalities (where available)
- Buy the Illinois I-Codes from ICC
- Buy the Chicago I-Codes from ICC
- Purchase Plan Analyst for the IBC and or IRC to automate and simplify your plan reviews / code studies plananalyst.com.
- The ICC General Code website provides access to some municipal codes.
Energy Code Compliance Software for Illinois
Visit the U.S. Department of Energy website to see the latest on energy code adoption in Illinois, 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 Illinois’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. Illinois is in FEMA Region 5. Read the 2023 Region 5 fact sheet showing the annual metric of the percent of communities adopting hazard-resistant building codes in Illinois.
AIA and ICC
Illinois has several ICC Chapters throughout the state.
Illinois code adoption status on the ICC website