The Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCCB) reviews and accepts or rejects proposals for changes, deletions and/or additions to the District of Columbia’s Construction Codes. The District of Columbia adopts the International Codes (I-Codes) published by the International Code Council (ICC), and the National Electric Code (NEC) published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), subject to any changes, deletions and/or additions to the I-Codes or the NEC as set forth in Title 12 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR). The District of Columbia has adopted the 2006 I-Codes and NFPA’s 2005 NEC.
The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention codes that have been adopted in fifty states and the District of Columbia. For further information about the ICC and its code development process, please refer to the ICC’s website at www.iccsafe.org.
The CCCB is currently considering the 2012 I-Codes, including the 2012 International Green Construction Code, and the 2011 edition of the NEC (together referred to as the “2013 I-Codes”).
Technical Advisory Groups are established to support the work of the Board. Decisions by the Board are provided to the Mayor of the District of Columbia as proposed rulemakings subject to action by the City Council. Until approved by the City Council, changes to existing regulations are not effective and do not obligate any final decision made by the Code Official until adopted as a final notice of rulemaking.
The composition, purpose, scope and procedures of the CCCB are set forth in Mayor’s Order 2009-22 (February 25, 2009) (the “Mayor’s Order”) and/or the By-Laws of the CCCB, adopted August 2009, as subsequently may be amended. Subject to the foregoing, the CCCB procedures may be modified by the CCCB as necessary to facilitate the Board’s activities. (The Mayor’s Order and the By-Laws are posted on DCRA’s website.)
Any individual or entity may submit a petition for the CCCB’s review and approval of a change, deletion or addition to the I-Codes. For instructions as to how to submit a petition for the review and approval of a change, deletion or addition to the I-Codes refer to the separate instruction sheet and petition form.
Role of Technical Advisory Groups
The Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCCB) has authority to establish Technical Advisory Groups (TAG) to assist the CCCB in evaluating changes, additions or deletions to a particular model code (or codes) within the International Codes (I-Codes) published by the International Code Council. Each TAG is established and directed by the CCCB and chaired by a CCCB member, pursuant to the procedures established by the CCCB By-Laws, adopted August 2009. The public may participate in a TAG’s discussions and meetings, but only those TAG members approved by the CCCB may vote on TAG recommendations to the CCCB.
The Board will charge a technical advisory group with its mission, including its reporting requirements. Each technical advisory group shall establish the procedure which, in its opinion, will facilitate its mission. Technical advisory groups may not speak for the Board.
Evaluate Petitions Referred By the CCCB Chairperson
The TAGS will review any and all petitions received and forwarded by the CCCB Chairperson to the designated TAG based on one or more of the following criteria:
- The proposed amendment is needed to safeguard the public health, life/safety and general welfare of the District of Columbia.
- The proposed amendment is needed to address a specific District of Columbia policy or statute.
- The proposed amendment is needed for consistency with federal
regulations, or those of adjoining states (MD, VA).
- The proposed amendment is needed to address a unique character of the District of Columbia.
- The proposed amendment corrects errors and omissions.
Propose Code Change Amendments
The TAG may submit petitions to amend the construction code pursuant to #2 above.
Adopt TAG Recommendations
The TAG will vote on specific proposals within the time period specified by the CCCB. Only those members of the TAG who have been approved by the CCCB may vote on any TAG recommendations.
The Chair of the TAG will forward any recommendations to the CCCB Chairperson in a form that clearly references the applicable I-Codes or NEC provision being amended and which clearly states the proposed language in a suitable format.
Other Work as Assigned
The Technical Advisory Groups shall perform other functions as specified by the Construction Codes Coordinating Board, and shall undertake research or review on any technical issues that are identified by the TAG in the course of its activities and which the TAG Chair believes warrants further study or consideration.