Louisiana Building and Residential Codes

One of the primary functions of the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council is to review and adopt the state uniform construction code.  On February 1, 2018 the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code was amended and adopted the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and 2015 International Residential Code (IRC), with amendments.

Building Code Compliance Software for Louisiana

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 2015 IBC and Plan Analyst for the 2015 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 Louisiana have included:

Alexandria Housing AuthorityInstitute for Building Technology & Safety
City of West MonroeGirouard Architecture
St. Bernard Parrish GovernmentPOST Architects
West Baton Rouge ParishPelican Drafting Service, Inc.

Building and Residential Code Resources in Louisiana

Energy Code Compliance Software for Louisiana

Visit the U.S. Department of Energy website to see the latest on energy code adoption in Louisiana, 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 Louisiana’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. Louisiana is in FEMA Region 6. Read the 2022 Region 6 fact sheet showing the annual metric of the percent of communities adopting hazard-resistant building codes in Louisiana.

AIA and ICC

American Institute of Architects – AIA Louisiana represents architects in the state.  There over 3,000 registered and reciprocal architects in Louisiana.

Louisiana has a couple of ICC Chapters.

Louisiana code adoption status on the ICC website