Construction Codes

Building codes establish minimum requirements for the health and safety of the structures in our community. The International Code Council publishes new building codes on a three-year cycle, the City of Fort Worth typically adopts new codes every other cycle. The city has currently adopted the 2015 International Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, Fuel Gas, Fire, Existing Building and Energy Conservation Codes and the 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code. The adopted electrical code is the 2020 National Electrical Code. Each code has locally adopted amendments.


We anticipate the adoption of the 2021 International Building Codes to be effective April 1, 2022.


The City of Fort Worth Building Official is Allison Gray: 817-392-8030 or email

Other City Code References:

  • Zoning Regulations:Appendix A
  • Development Standards: Appendix A, Chapter 6
  • Landscaping: Appendix A, Chapter 6, Article 3
  • Subdivision: Chapter 31

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