The Committee Action

I-Codes Development
• The International Code Council (ICC) is dedicated
to a single family of comprehensive and
coordinated model codes. The ICC code
development process allows all interests to
actively participate in the update of each and
every I-Code.
• The ICC Governmental Consensus Process places
the final vote with those administering,
formulating or enforcing regulations relating to
public health, safety and welfare.
Committee Action
Hearing (CAH)
Public Comment
Hearing (PCH)
For schedule of all dates in cycle, click here:
I-Code Groups –
Designates which codes are heard together
Group A-2012
I-Codes Covered 
(15) Total;
Admin is not a
code itself, but
provisions apply
across all codes
Building (IBC)
Fuel Gas (IFGC)
Mechanical (IMC)
Plumbing (IPC)
Private Sewage
Disposal (IPSDC)
Group B-2013
Group C-2014
 Green (IgCC)
ICC Performance (ICCPC)
Existing Buildings (IEBC)
Energy (IECC)
Fire (IFC)
Property Maintenance
Residential (IRC)
Swimming Pools/Spa
Wildland-Urban Interface
Zoning (IZC)
Hearing Dates &
Group A
Group B
Group C
2015 ICC Committee
Action Hearing (CAH)
4/29-5/6, 2012
Dallas, TX
4/21-4/30, 2013
Dallas, TX
4/27-5/4, 2014
Memphis, TN
2015 ICC Public
Comment Hearing
(PCH) Dates
10/24-10/28, 2012
Portland, OR
10/2-10/10, 2013
Atlantic City, NJ
10/1-10/7, 2014
Fort Lauderdale, FL
2018 ICC Committee
Action Hearing (CAH)
April, 2015
April, 2016
April, 2017
2018 ICC Public
Comment Hearing
(PCH) Dates
October, 2015
October, 2016
October, 2017
Code Change Submittal Process
• Code change deadline generally around January 3rd
each year
• Anyone can submit a code change
• Propose language:
– Revisions to current text: Underline proposed new text
and strike out text to be deleted
• Substantiate change with reasons and supporting
• Electronic filing
Committee Action Hearing (CAH)
• 1st of (2) Public hearings
• Applicable Group A, Group B, or Group C code committee
presides over hearing
• The committee votes after hearing testimony
– Their vote is “The Committee Action”
• “Approved as Submitted”, “Approved as Modified”, “Disapproved”
– ICC members in attendance may vote on an assembly motion if
one is raised.
• If the assembly motion passes by a simple majority, then the motion
will be considered a public comment at the Public Comment
– All committee actions and reasons for action published after
• Anyone can attend and participate/testify
• No cost to attend/participate/testify
Public Comment Hearing (PCH)
2nd & Final Public hearing
– Anyone can attend and testify at no cost
– Consent agenda: Block vote on all code changes which did not receive a public comment, or
successful assembly action at the first hearing
– Individual Consideration Agenda: Debate & vote individually on each code change which
received a public comment, or successful assembly action at first hearing
Final vote on whether or not to change the code rests with the ICC Governmental
Member Representatives – those who administer, formulate or enforce the
regulations and are charged with the public’s health, safety and welfare
– This is Code Officials from various city or state departments/agencies:
• Building Regulations Department/Agency
• Fire Department/State Fire Marshall
• Zoning Authority
• Health Department/Agency
• Energy/Environment Department/Agency
• Others
Public Comment Hearing (PCH)Desired Outcomes and Votes Required
Committee Action
at 1st Hearing
Desired Final Action at 2nd Hearing
As Submitted
Simple Majority
2/3 Majority
Simple Majority
As Modified
2/3 Majority
Simple Majority to
sustain CAH or; 2/3
on additional mods,
plus 2/3 on overall
Simple Majority
2/3 Majority
2/3 Majority
Simple Majority
Public Comment Hearing (PCH)
• All information including schedules, procedures, code
change forms, public comment forms and a historical
record of past cycles is posted at:
• For the ICC policy on Code Development, click here:
• Starting in 2014 the ICC will be utilizing a new system called cdpACCESS
• This system will allow for government officials to cast their vote remotely
for a period of (2) weeks after the Committee Action & Public Comment
Hearings conclude.
– This is critically important because prior to 2014, Governmental Member
Representatives had to travel and be physically present to vote. Many
jurisdictions did not have the money to facilitate this, and so the pool of voters
was much smaller.
– Starting in 2014, each jurisdiction (city/state/other govt. entity) will have
between 4 and 12 votes for each department (based on population), and all
will be eligible to vote electronically without having to travel.
– This means the ability to efficiently advocate has become much more difficult
and requires much more effort atthe state and local level.
• Now – more than ever - BOMA Associations will need to engage their local
officials and make their positions known.

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