Building Codes

The City of Tucson has adopted the 2018 International Building Codes with local amendments. The codes are updated every three years to reflect the latest standards of life-safety and developments in building science. Effective January 1st, 2019 all new applied permit activity will use the 2018 Codes. These codes can be found at the public library and/ or purchased through the International Code Council (ICC) or viewed at the Online Library. Each code has been amended to accommodate the City of Tucson. The local amendments are located below (pdf format).


Policy Documents establish or formalize Department practices and procedures.

Information about Code used prior to 2013 is available here: Code History

Ordinance #11590 Adopting Local Amendments to Building Code


Green Building

The City of Tucson has adopted ordinances to support sustainable practices related to water and energy conservation. Some of these practices are required for certain types of new construction. 

  • Water and Energy Conservation - Ordinances pertaining to requirements for solar readiness, residential gray water, commercial water harvesting, and electric vehicle charging.

  • Water Harvesting Guidance Manual
    The purpose of this manual  is to provide basic information and design ideas to developers, engineers, designers and contractors of commercial sites, public buildings, subdivisions and public right of ways. The City of Tucson Unified Development Code includes requirements for water harvesting at these types of developments. The manual will also be useful for those interested in water harvesting on their existing or future home sites.


Other References

Ordinance #10463 Inclusive Home Design - Handicap Visitability Preparations

   Inclusive Home Design Ordinance: Synthesis & Commentary

Plumbing Requirements for Foot Spas

City of Tucson/Pima County Outdoor Lighting Code - The purpose of this code is to provide standards for outdoor lighting to protect the nighttime environment for professional astronomers and the public at large.


Modifications & Appeals

If you wish to file an administrative appeal to the codes, please visit Code Modification for information.