Utah Building and Residential Codes

The State of Utah uses the 2018 International Building Code (IBC), including Appendix J, statewide for state-owned facilities.  The International Residential Code (IRC) is on a six-year cycle, which means the 2015 version remains in effect.

The following amendments are applicable for the statewide adopted codes:

Building Code Compliance Software for Utah

The Uniform Building Codes Training Fund was created by the Utah legislature under the Uniform Building Standards Act, Title 58-56, to achieve uniformity of enforcement throughout the state.  View their training calendar for training providers and dates.  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 Utah have included:

Cache County CorporationCase Lowe & Hart Inc.
Duchesne CountyCRSA Architecture
Orem CityGSBS Architects
Murray City Corp.MHTN Architects
Town of VineyardTalbot Architects
Utah CountyValkyrie Signs

Building and residential code resources in Utah

Energy Code Compliance Software for Utah

Visit the U.S. Department of Energy website to see the latest on energy code adoption in Utah, 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 Utah’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. Utah 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 Utah.

AIA and ICC

American Institute of Architects – AIA Utah – represents architects in the state.  There are over 2,000 registered and reciprocal architects in Utah.

The ICC Utah Chapter promotes public safety by providing education, training and support to its members. The Chapter works hand in hand with industry and the public for the enhancement of professionalism and uniformity in code enforcement and administration.

Utah code adoption status on the ICC website