Florida Building Codes and Standards
The Florida Building Code (Section 553.73, F.S.) replaced Florida's patchwork of codes and regulations that were developed, amended, administered and enforced by more than 400 local jurisdictions and state agencies with building code regulation responsibilities. The current Code is a single statewide code based on national model codes and consensus standards, amended for Florida specific needs for the design and construction of buildings. The Code is designed to make the local building process more efficient, increase accountability, bring new and safer products to the market, increase consumer confidence, and better protect the residents of this natural-disaster prone state.
Proposed Code Modifications to the 2013 Florida Building Code.
The proposed code amendment cycle to the 2013 Florida Building Code will commence July 1, 2012 and will close midnight August 1, 2012. The “draft” 2013 Florida Building Code (FBC) consists of the 2012 International Building Codes (I-Codes) and the 2010 Florida-specific state agency regulations and the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) wind standards. The documents are titled “Florida Supplements to the 2012 I-Codes”. The 2012 I-Codes and Florida supplements are available from the link below.
For periodic updates on the Code Modification Process and other emails regarding the Florida Building Code, please register at www.floridabuilding.org