North Dakota Building and Residential Codes

The new North Dakota State Building Code went into effect January 1, 2023. The 2021 International Building Code (IBC) and 2021 International Residential Code were among the ICC Codes  adopted.

The North Dakota Division of Community Services (DCS) updates and amends the North Dakota State Building Code. 

Building Code Compliance Software for North Dakota

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 2021 IBC and Plan Analyst for the 2021 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 North Dakota  have included:

City of Devils LakeAnderson Architecture PC
City of DickinsonDakota West Inspection Services
City of West FargoMoore Engineering, Inc.
City of WillistonPrairie Design Studio Ltd
Hepper Olson ArchitectsSM Foss Architects, PC

Building and Residential Code Resources in North Dakota

Energy Code Compliance Software for North Dakota

Visit the U.S. Department of Energy website to see the latest on energy code adoption in North Dakota, 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 North Dakota’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. North Dakota is in FEMA Region 8. Read the 2023 Region 8 fact sheet showing the annual metric of the percent of communities adopting hazard-resistant building codes in North Dakota.


American Institute of Architects – AIA North Dakota  represents architects in the state.  There are just over 1,000 registered and reciprocal architects in North Dakota.

The North Dakota ICC Chapter is run by the North Dakota Building Officials Association.

North Dakota code adoption status on the ICC website