South Dakota Building and Residential Codes

Standards for new construction where building code ordinance has not been adopted are based on the 2018 International Building Code (IBC).  If any local unit of government adopts any ordinance specifying standards for new construction, the ordinance shall comply with the 2018 International Building Code (IBC).   When adopted, a local body may amend, modify, or delete any portion of the Code.

Building Code Compliance Software for South 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 2018 IBC 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 South Dakota have included:

City of PierreBaldridge & Nelson Architects & Engineers
City of Rapid CityBroin and Associates, Inc.
City of SpearfishCiavarella Design
Lincoln County Planning & ZoningPuetz Corp.
South Dakota Dept of Public SafetySpitznagel, Inc.

Building and Residential Code Resources in South Dakota

Energy Code Compliance Software for South Dakota

Visit the U.S. Department of Energy website to see the latest on energy code adoption in South 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 South 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. South Dakota is in FEMA Region 8. Read the 2022 Region 8 fact sheet showing the annual metric of the percent of communities adopting hazard-resistant building codes in South Dakota.

AIA and ICC

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

The South Dakota ICC Chapter Is run by the South Dakota Building Officials Association.

South Dakota code adoption status on the ICC website